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Sandal Season

By Lavender June 4, 2009

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Hot picks from MOA® Trend Specialist Sara Rogers

It’s time to toss off the tennies and finally give your sheltered feet what they’ve been waiting for…freedom! With all the new sandal styles in stores this season, you can scoop up enough stylish pairs to keep you flipping and flopping right into fall. One word of caution before you venture into sandal territory – even though they both have the foot in common, socks and sandals were never meant to meet.

Hippie Chic
Sun Dog Trading Co. / Level 2, South (S276)
Boho beauty is taking center stage this summer with bright colors and funky patterns. Made from distressed canvas and suede, this pair from Sun Dog Trading Co. has a comfortable, contoured foot bed that will make your inner flower child smile.

Woven
Nordstrom
Brush up on those basket weaving skills you learned in summer camp – woven leather is hot, hot, hot this season! Well known for their popular boot styles, Frye has now crossed over into fun sandal wear that features the same great worn-in leather look.

Graphic
Oakley / Level 1, North (N107)
Did your mom always tell you “it’s what’s on the inside that counts?” Well, according to the trend forecasts, she was right! Designers are getting creative with every inch of material they can for summer, as graphics and patterns were spotted on sandals both inside and out.

Technology
Geox / Level 1, North (N124)
To buy a sandal, they have to look fabulous on your feet – but to actually wear a sandal, they have to feel comfortable too! With a patented technology that lets your foot breathe, this pair from Geox is the perfect combination of comfortable and chic.

Rubber
Martin + Osa / Level 2, South (S214)
First created in Brazil in 1962, Havianas have really become popular in the U.S. in the last few years. Following the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” philosophy, Havianas feature the classic rubber flip flop style in a multitude of patterns and colors.

Onward Style is Lavender’s exclusive column written by Sara Rogers, MOA® Trend Specialist. She has worked in the fashion industry for more than 20 years as a model, fashion specialist, wardrobe therapist, and television host. As the Trend Specialist and Personal Shopper for Mall of America®, her “office” spans 4.2 million square feet and more than 520 stores, providing her with extensive resources to research what’s hot in retail trends.

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