I wore this breezy outfit last weekend for an afternoon of sun and sangria with my girlfriends. I love my share of ankle strap shoes, but flat ones especially can be tough to pull off on short and stout legs. I balanced them out with a shorter hemline, and chose high-waisted vs. low-rise bottoms to continue that leg line. These jacquard shorts were a gift from a friend, and I like how the material takes a casual piece up a notch. I've posted several times before about the quality of Talbots accessories, and these sandals are no exception (especially for the 60% off sale prices!). I received the styles below, both of which have a small heel or wedge for support but are low enough for long walks.
I got sz 5 in both (typically wear 5 - 5.5) and would say these run about half a size big, true to the online reviews. The shoes fit me since I'm usually between sizes, but I can see the back of heel cup (see very last photo) and length being a little roomy for those who usually wear a solid sz 5.
I've walked a while in each and found both styles to be comfortable, but my personal favorite is the Parisi leather sandal for the chunky heel support and softer back cup & strap material. I love the bright orange and teal versions - would go for those in a heartbeat if I didn't have short legs to worry about! Here's a snapshot of how they look on.
I got this top last month at H&M and unfortunately can't find it online. It was $29.95 and is cut slightly boxy and cropped, with an exposed back zipper. I might shape the sides a bit, but do enjoy how it conceals overeating at summer picnics and BBQs. Forever 21 has a similar one in 3 colors, which I imagine to be equally if not more boxy.