To a 'T'

Frye T-strap SandalThe T-strap is certainly nothing new, but boy is it getting a fresh makeover for Spring. Undeniably sexy, especially with a heel, they’re open and airy by nature which makes them perfect for warmer weather. Woven, bejeweled, embellished…pick your flavor! Plus, you can find them in every style from flats to wedges to tall, stacked heels. As far as I’m concerned, options are limitless.

When I started this article I can honestly tell you I didn’t realize the breadth and depth of styles available. Now this doesn’t always make it easy to choose, but it definitely makes it easy to be “on trend”. This term gets thrown around a lot, certainly on RWH, but at the same time it’s not bright orange we’re trying to push here, (I’m saving that for next week). Instead this is a flattering fashion statement that can be as bold or as subtle as you want it to be which is much more approachable. With this being said, I’m going to stick to heels in order to keep this article as focused as possible.

First let us look to the fashion houses, the leaders, to see who’s doing it best. Sometimes it’s easier to find something here that you love regardless of if you can make the splurge. The point is to take the elements you like and find it in something more affordable. Nothing wrong with that!

Moschino T-Straps One of my new favorites is Burberry’s T-strap sandals because they’re simple and contemporary, but a close second is Moshchino’s Cheap & Chic styles which range from dressy and feminine to quirky and fanciful. Tory Burch’s ‘Kathryn
‘ wedge is a little bit nautical, a lot Summery, and Gucci has some stunning T-strap sandals some of which are flashy and opulent and others which possess an understated elegance. Last but not least, Stella McCartney has a gorgeous satin sandal with a wrapped strap down the middle that comes in both a high heel and a flat. (Gorgeous and animal-friendly of course).

There are honorable mentions that need to be made as well for Christian Lacroix and his beaded T-strap pump that looks like it was made for a Spanish princess, Miu Miu’s satin sandal adorned with jewels at the top of the heel, and Lanvin’s satin T-strap complete with a bow that at over $1k is not for the faint of heart or shallow of wallet.

Who’s doing it right for less? Let’s ease into the mid-range pricing with Donald J Pliner who has some delightful styles in metallic and cork that are no-nonsense and as perfect for work as an evening out. Frye’s selection is a nice change with more of an earthy, bohemian feel like the Dolly sandal decorated with chunky stones and the Rose with a thick, woven strap. If you like Burberry’s contemporary, pared down style you might take a look at Kenneth Cole’s sandals. The City Soul sandal echoes this style for about half the price. Also don’t miss my absolute favorite sandal, the Orion by Coclico.

Max Studio T strapKenneth Cole’s Reaction line takes us into the really affordable with some fun options like the ‘Limme a Sec‘ in metallic and the chunky but comfortable looking ‘Cedar Later‘. Max Studio’s ‘Xaria’ sandal, (featured in this week’s Look to Lust After), is sophisticated and versatile and you can get a similar look of the Kate Spade sandals mentioned above in these ‘Cassa‘ sandals by Boutique 9. For under $130 Guess and Bebe have some dressier options and Steve Madden’s Pascha is ultra cute in two-toned purple.

Hopefully this gave you a jumping point for this season’s T-straps without overwhelming you! Below are a bunch of the styles I mentioned as well as some new ones. Which are your favorites? Have you found any worth mentioning that I missed?


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