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Your Go-To Sandal for Spring and Summer

It’s events season, which means you probably need some outfits.

So today, let’s start with your feet.

I like a fancy, special pair of shoes as much as the next girl, but sometimes, most of the time, I want them to disappear into my outfit.

So these days, after decades of cramming my feet into expensive heels, I instead look for a shoe that acts like an extension of my leg.

Something comfortable, with a little height and clean lines.

I share these sandals yesterday, in our Outfit Formula Series, but I want highlight them today in case you missed them. 

They are under $50, available in three colors and get rave reviews for comfort and wearability. 

Calina Leather Block Heel Sandals

Alex Marie Calina Leather Block Heel Sandals, $47.99

We do not have Dillards on the East Coast, so I can’t just pop in and see what’s new.

But over the last few weeks, I have seen so many adorable springtimes finds on their website (I have a roundup next week).

From dresses to two-piece outfits, dress shorts and accessories the options are just lovely and affordable.

In the mix, I found these block-heel sandals on sale for just under $50.

The get rave reviews for comfort, like this one:

“Love these shoes!!! I do not wear heels but due to my son’s wedding needed something a little nicer than flats. Walked in these for over 6 hours and danced for 2 hours. Really like the simple design and comfortable shoes!!!”

Available in classic black, a light beige “nude” and the always are to find navy, in sizes 5 – 12 with half sizes.

Pair them with a flowy dress like this popular high/low style from Amazon, white pants, jeans, or the wide leg linen bottoms from Old Navy.

Pretty much everything.

I ordered the “nude” since it’s very neutral to me and the black.

Your Go-To Sandal for Spring and SummerYour Go-To Sandal for Spring and Summer

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Friday 12th of May 2023

We've recently moved from the San Fernando Valley (north of Los Angeles) to Oceanside, in north San Diego county. My husband and I were both in the entertainment industry, had to escape the heat and couldn't afford Malibu. The beach-vibe here is lovely, very sneaker-oriented and casual. What do I wear to a theatre production (here) and not look like I'm attending a performance at Disney Hall? I wear less black here (unless workout wear) the upscale look feels nautical, so navy as a neutral. Pulling out a lot of my Lands End, Talbots and J. Crew. I CAN wear my silk scarves here, (YAY!) because temperatures plummet at night, layer, layer, layer. Any other suggestions? Thank you! (p.s. I'm over 65 and reasonably fit)


Thursday 13th of April 2023

Leather sandals under $50?! I bought the “pink marble” because I need a nude sandal.


Thursday 13th of April 2023

I bought these last year in navy, and they are a dream! Just perfect. Hmm, maybe I need the black and the nude....thanks for featuring these!

Megan Kristel

Thursday 13th of April 2023

Love hearing this!!!


Thursday 13th of April 2023

Hi, Megan -

Appreciate your work. I'm sitting here in pieces you've recommended. The Old Navy linen pants are the best.

One request, given your emphasis on size inclusivity, could you include wide width shoes in your recommendations?

Thank you for your consideration


Megan Kristel

Thursday 13th of April 2023

I'm really doing my best, and I do offer as much of a variety has possible when available. But please understand, I can't include wides, or narrow, or arch support on every shoe suggestion, because I won't recommend an alternative if it doesn't meet my requirements. For example, for today's shoe, I can't find a similar style and price point, in a wide, narrow, etc, so I won't recommend anything.