This summer, you’re fully booked with backyard BBQs, beach weddings, al fresco dinner dates, and beyond — and there’s no question you’ll be in need of a chic pair (or two) of shoes for every occasion in your datebook. Polish off your go-to maxi dresses and denim cut-offs with slick metallic thong sandals and colorblocked ballet flats by day. Or step out for a night on the town in laser-cut espadrille wedges, printed slingbacks, and strappy stiletto heels in a slew of leg-lengthening neutrals.
Kelsi Dagger’s shoes, boots and handbags are just as spunky and cutting-edge as those of its elder sister, Pour La Victoire, but go a bit easier on the budget. Named after the Fratellis song “Chelsea Dagger,” which tells the tale of a burlesque dancer, Kelsi Dagger is the brainchild of New York-based designers Jay Adoni and David Giordano. The duo launched the label in 2008 to offer trendy, finely crafted footwear defined by a quirky, irreverent quality and unexpected details. Kelsi Dagger’s provocative, wide-ranging collection includes everything from studded sandals, suede tassel loafers, sky-high leopard wedges, and metallic platform pumps to ankle booties and sexy thigh-high boots. The label’s of-the-moment buckled satchels, crocodile-embossed crossbody bags, and sleek totes skew minimalist and consistently meld practicality with style.