One of my favorite things about warm weather dressing is throwing off the shackles of closed-toe footwear. I get my feet moisturized and buffed, paint my toenails in vibrant hues, and happily wiggle my toes in sandals and slides. Santa Fe’s fine selection of boutiques that offer high quality and chic summer shoe options (many of which are comfy too) are stocked with summery delights and ready for you to explore.
One long-standing footwear boutique is Goler (125 East Palace Ave.), the quintessential place for spot-on foot trends and fine, imported shoes. Always bustling, Goler has also earned a reputation for top-notch hospitality and friendly service. According to Paula Goler, co-owner, the tennis shoe-inspired trend continues to be big for spring and summer. “Women are wearing them with everything and we’re seeing them with platforms, such as a casual oxford from Carrano [priced at $208.76]. The Cloud footwear tennis shoe [priced at $166.75] is popular as well.” Fun woven walking shoes from Zee Alexis (priced around $65) are another great summer option. Of course you can get your Toms, Sam Edelman sandals, and Donald Pliner sandals here as well. And no summer is complete without a pair of colorful Havaianas flip flops—and at $24.75 you can splurge on a few pairs and match all your great summer outfits.
Street Feet located within the historic La Fonda Hotel just off the Santa Fe Plaza has been offering stylish European comfort and fashion footwear for 30 years. One of its top sellers, Pikolinos, demonstrates a global conscience with its Pikolinos Maasai collection that certainly appeals to progressive Santa Feans. The Spanish brand’s beautiful beaded line of sandals is created in part by the Maasai tribe in Kenya—resulting in a unique economic and design collaboration. The Maasai Project brings income to the Maasai, funds schools, and establishes health care facilities in the Maasai Mara. Most of the Pikolinos Maasai styles are priced around $200; each one an intricate dance between artisan beadwork and European craftsmanship. These globally chic creations are perfect for this summer’s upcoming International Folk Art Festival. The Style Council also adored earth tone sandals from the Spanish brand, Take Me, which features a design akin to sea fans or coral ($149) with a corky comfy footbed. A perfect quirky summer treat.
Maya (108 Galisteo St.) is known to many locals as the “go to” for creative apparel that speaks to the Santa Fe heart. Its selection of shoes is no less appealing with a nod toward the creative spirit. The shoe brand Miz Mooz has been available at the shop for several years and is quite popular with shoppers; Abbey soft leather sandals (priced around $112) in marine and rusty orange feature a flat heel and buckle adjustable strap—perfect for tooling around town. Its sister line, AS 98, is a little funkier and edgier. Style Council loved a low wedge sandal in a great neutral tone (priced around $250) that has a bit of a gladiator feel with geometric laser cutouts and tassels.
Warm weather also means that outdoor enthusiasts step up their momentum. Running Hub Santa Fe (1100 Don Diego Ave.), which shifted its location slightly about a year ago into a larger space, is a real runner’s delight and advises customers with careful attention to personal footwear needs. Owner John Lumley says that Altra is a relatively new brand that he offers. “They popped out of the barefoot movement, which has died away. But they tweaked it around and came out with some options [priced around $110-$140] that are really quite minimal but made them run-able and mainstream.” He explains that the brand features “zero drop” heel design that is more akin to a natural stance, and a wide and round front. “They are great from the trail to casual to the road,” he adds. And for weathering those pesky monsoon downpours that burst out of nowhere when you are on the trail (or anywhere really), check out the selection of ultralight jackets stocked at Running Hub. A range of styles from brands like Mizuno, Salamon, and Nike (priced $6- $165) can be pulled out of a pocket quickly and easily—they are virtually “no bulk”—and can save the day.