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The New T-Straps: Fit to Be T-Strapped



Officially into sandal season, there’s currently no better way to update your shoe wardrobe than with a pair of T-straps! I used to think “Jazzercise” when I saw a T-strap, but times – and shoes – have changed. You know, the ones in nude or black with a “sensible” and “comfy” heel. I don’t know about you, but “sensible” and “comfy” are the last words that come to mind when I’m shoe shopping. Bring on the illogical, impractical, irrational! The new crop of T-straps may not always be comfortable, but you’ll look smashing. What’s a bit of pain for the price of beauty?

Whether you take your heels studded, beaded, glittered, sueded, or sky-high, there’s a style for you. Sergio Rossi‘s metallic-trimmed and braided T-strap sandals are retro-glitzy enough to cure a case of Saturday night fever, while Elizabeth and James‘ snake-embossed leather wedges offer more day-worthy walkability. Go strong and shapely with Alexander McQueen‘s buckled and studded version – the high-heeled motorcycle boot of the T-strap sandal. Miu Miu‘s playful glitter heels in silver or black will sparkle under late-night skies, and Valentino proves that kitten heels can be fierce and T-straps unrecognizable with a hearty helping of leopard, studs and straps – bondage goes uptown. Dancing queens, subtler types, tough chicks, night-crawlers, and refined bad girls: your tootsies might ache, but your style is taken care of, right down to a T.

Sergio Rossi T-Strap Platform Sandals. On ShopBop for $795.

Elizabeth and James “Hazel” T-Strap Sandals. On ShopBop for $295.

Alexander McQueen Studded Leather T-Strap Sandal. At Neiman Marcus for $915.

Miu Miu Glitter T-Strap Peep-Toe Sandal. At Neiman Marcus for $640.

Valentino Studded Calf-Hair Kitten-Heel Sandals. On Net-a-Porter for $1,075.



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