My favorite contemporary line is McQ (after the brand took back its license, that is). It has the same high level of cool edginess as McQueen – this season brings more fit-and-flare, zip-up dresses, simmering orange leather, and hot-pink pumps – but it’s younger and, of course, more accessible.
So I’m not surprised they’ve come out with a pair of flat sandals I can really stand behind – I actually want to wear them! These scantly strapped thongs nail a balance of minimalist-chic and rocker-tough. The delicately designed, yet so not demure hardware improves your street cred without going chunky, and royal-blue lining is a fabulous surprise. These are officially the best flats to dress down spring’s girly floral dresses. On Net-a-Porter for $460.
Pair with: Relax Proenza Schouler’s floral-print georgette sundress, with a fluttery skirt and strategic paneling, for daytime. The mini length makes it flats-appropriate. At Bergdorf Goodman for $1,025.