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Summer Shoes: 7 Shoes Every Woman Needs as the Weather Warms Up

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Summertime calls for a new collection of shoes that will allow your feet to breathe, stay comfortable and withstand the elements no matter which events get added to your schedule. Summer shoes also get to be more fun than your everyday sneakers or nude heels. It's time to pick out colors that will emphasize your golden tan and styles that play to the vibe of holidays like Fourth of July. 

To make things easier, here at X, we compiled a list of our top picks for the best summer shoes and how to care for them. We have you covered for all activities from working out to hitting a pool party with friends. 

WORKOUT SHOES

X shares summer shoes and care tips

Hitting the beach means it is also time for those power sessions at the gym. When it comes to working out in the summertime, added heat means added sweat. This means it is important to purchase summer shoes that are more lightweight and utilize breathable materials like mesh. The New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo shoes are a great option for running along the boardwalk and hitting muscle beach.

Since shoes you are working out in are guaranteed to collect more sweat and dirt than the other kicks in your closet, regularly cleaning them is pertinent to avoid foot and shoe issues. Using X Sneaker Cleaner with Ready-Foam Pump, offers your shoes a gentle but effective waterless cleaning easily and quickly. In addition, it leaves behind a pleasant bamboo scent that will eliminate any foul odors.

BEACH SHOES

X shares summer shoes and care tips

Leather sandals are perfect for hitting the cliffs and sand at the beach this summer. After all, the long-lasting material can easily withstand wet and grainy environments without allowing damage to your feet. Moreover, comfortable sandals like Rainbows let your feet breathe while earning a golden tan of their own. In addition, the neutral toned color pairs well with any swimsuit in your closet.

Rainbows are also a great addition to your collection because they soon become unique. As you break the sandals in, the leather forms to your foot, creating a personalized imprint that makes wear more comfortable.

DATE NIGHT SHOES

X shares summer shoes and care tips

You deserve one splurge item on your summer shoes list. And if you're going to splurge on anything, we definitely recommend investing in high quality Christian Louboutin heels. We get it, $905 is no cheap price tag for the patent leather point-toe pumps above. However, the eye-catching yellow color will make the perfect date night staple this summer, looking great against your fresh tan.

With proper maintenance, these shoes can also stay in your wardrobe for many summers to come. When it comes to caring for patent leather, it is ideal to use a natural water and stain repellant. This will protect your heels against the elements and give you more options for date night venues.

FOURTH OF JULY SHOES

X shares summer shoes and care tips

Whether you are riding through the neighborhood block party on your skateboard or watching a fireworks show at the local stadium, red Vans are the ultimate summer holiday shoe. Paired with your favorite denim shorts and an American flag tee, the only other thing you'll need is a box of sparklers.

One household hack to revamp the white sections of your sneakers is to use nail polish remover on stubborn stains. 

VACATION SHOES

X shares summer shoes and care tips

Summer is the perfect time to break into that savings fund and take the vacation you deserve for working hard all year. No matter if you end up on a tropical beach or exploring a foreign country, comfortable shoes are a must to help you discover a new city without blisters and pain. Therefore, the Nike Air Max 270 sneakers are worth the investment.

When it comes to cleaning sneakers, boar bristle brushes work best to dislodge dirt and irritants because they are sturdy yet soft enough not to scratch your shoes. Choosing whether it's better to use an all-purpose or midsole brush will depend on where smudges and pebbles are locked into your sneakers.

POOL PARTY SHOES

X shares summer shoes and care tips

When it comes to deciding on new summer shoes, a pair of wedges should definitely make the cut. The versatile cork or braided bottom styles make it easy to dress your outfit up or down. Especially great for pool parties, wedges offer a fun flair and added class to your bikini and lace cover-up.

If you're nervous about water damage or stains on wedges that include a suede strap, fear not. Using a nubuck eraser and brush tool will easily lift nap and imperfections.

CONCERT SHOES

X shares summer shoes and care tips

Nothing says classic summer concert shoes more than a pair of black Converse. Unlike their lighter counterparts, the dark color offers the perfect protection against the stomping feet of rowdy concertgoers and mosh pits. This is the shoe that you can easily run around in, dance til you drop in and jump high enough to crowd surf to the front of the stage in.

After cleaning your sneakers, wiping them down with a white microfiber towel offers added benefits that regular cotton cannot. For example, any dirt or grease leftover after cleaning your shoes will lift away as it clings to the microfiber material.

X shares summer shoes and care tips