The statement sandal is having a moment. The proof is walking down the runways, plastered in magazines and even spotted in the streets. The time when shoes were meant solely to protect your feet from harm is gone. Now, iconic American designers such as Tory Burch and Jimmy Choo, known for their simplicity, have embraced the embellishments with their 2013 spring collections, amping up their designs with studs and even fringe. We are all familiar with the timeless adage of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes but now more than ever, those shoes come in multiple flavors and have taken center stage in many Fashionistas’ outfits.

Although investing in a pair of simple sandals is always appropriate, take the chance this summer to embrace the bold, whatever that means for you. This season, I am particularly enjoying the attack of the python trend and also sandals with powerful hardware. We can all admit that there are very few things that are more befitting for showing off a fresh pedicure during the summertime than a great pair of open-toed sandals.

This Fashionista keeps it simple on top with a billowy, white blouse and a pair of ripped, cutoff shorts that together let her feet do all of the talking. Her black gladiator sandals combine two of the season’s hottest trends: metallic and leopard print. The nature of the sandal gives her outfit a sense of controlled drama and is perfect for a summer day with endless possibilities.

Aviators and stacked bracelets are the ideal complement to her statement sandals. This Fashionista mixes her metals by stacking delicate, silver bracelets on her wrist that offer a nice contrast to the gold in her sandals.

If you are nervous about attracting attention to your feet, try sticking to a basic, metallic sandal or simplified animal print. For those of you who are like me and are currently dreaming about drifting away in a boat off the coast of Greece, continue to dream with me in these. For now, while your world travels might be at bay, stay chic in sandals that have character while fantasizing about faraway places.

Spotted: In his spring 2013 collection, 3.1 Phillip Lim combined bold prints and metallic in the form of a sandal.

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