It’s a cinch to stay fashionable when the sky’s the limit on what you spend. It’s a different story, however, when a single big-ticket sandal purchase means choosing between food and your fashionista status.
Skyscraper-tall platforms are the perfect way to modernize last year’s summer dresses. Check out these length-lengthening babies from Newport News in bronze, black or white, at a budget-friendly $25.
Cuff and Ties
Recessionistas know that the easiest way to stretch a dollar is to make your purchases do double-duty. We adore the tie (and cuff) trend because it dresses up or down, works for day or night, and is the all-in-one perfect sandal update for the season. The Rita style from Bakers is $29.99, but we guarantee your cost-per-wear will be down to small change by labor day.
Just when you’ve think you’ve seen the last of the gladiator, they’re back this season with updates including ankle straps, toe bands and adornments. Here’s an understated pair from Aeropostale for $19.99 that lets you feel modern without going completely Greco-Roman.
This new incarnation for spring suddenly makes last year’s simple strappy sandal seem outdated. This style from Charlotte Russe is bright and happy thanks to punched up colors, patent and metallic faux leather, plus an updated design. So fun you’ll never think they’re $24.99!
Zippers, Studs and Snaps
You can embrace the rock-star trend without going all-out bad girl thanks to subtle detailing a la zippers, studs, snaps and grommets. We love this side-snap faux suede peeptoe bootie from Wet Seal, an essential for spring, which flies right under the budget radar at $24.50, while giving you instant hip appeal.