NYC construction worker-turned-designer Matt Bernson describes the aesthetic of his women’s footwear line as “downtown meets the beach,” and we think the shoe fits. Designed in TriBeCa and handmade by traditional artisans, Bernson’s boots and shoes feature bright colors, ample hardware, and metallic leathers ideal for idylls urban or exotic. From sky-high T-strap wedge sandals and ankle booties to low-heel tundra boots and gladiator flats, each pair of Bernson’s shoes is constructed from eco-friendly materials and features luxuriously padded insoles. And when it comes to elasticized ballet flats, his Waverly cap-toe sets the bar high with a patent-pending padded moleskin system that preserves the integrity of the stretchy heel. In addition to his own line, Bernson has designed camouflage canvas shoes for Edun, the socially conscious clothing label founded by U2 singer Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson.
Light toffee to deep espresso hues add a luxe touch to summer sandals, flats, and wedges
Sigerson Morrison’s trend-infused little sister line delivers must-have shoes with right-now details. Punch up your favorite sweater dresses with slouchy suede riding boots, pointed wedge pumps, and snake-embossed booties. Or make your warm-weather escape with a mix of laser-cut ballet flats and metallic thong sandals to pair with breezy maxis at the beach.
Stock up on summer’s go-to shoes for beach trips and easy weekends.
Turn up the chic on and off the sand with seaside must-haves, from swimsuits to wedges