If the thought of Birkenstocks and flat pool slides taking over this summer has you frightened, you've come to the right place. We understand that such a radical trend is not for everyone. In fact, it's not always for us. We need a balance in our spring shoe wardrobe, and the perfect counter to tomboyish sandals is a sexy, sheer shoe with PVC, mesh or lace insets.
Honestly, before this season, the words PVC and vinyl were not exactly used to describe a classy accessory. Then Gianvito Rossi rendered their pointed-toe pumps in metallic leather with PVC insets, showing off a stretch of foot on either side. Manolo Blahnik's silver Gotria pumps have slices of sheer PVC on the toe box, requiring your pedicure to be on point all season, even with a closed-toe.
We're crushing hard on Nicholas Kirkwood's slip-on sneakers fabricated in peek-a-boo black lace—perhaps the easiest and most comfortable way to put a sweet finish on the most casual summer outfits. Valentino's espadrilles are equally sweet, but their wedge heel gives them a dressy edge.