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Charlotte Olympia "Ice Cream" platform sandal at The Tannery, <a href="http://curatedbythetannery.com/collections/charlotte-olympia-women-s/products/ice-cream">$1245</a>
Charlotte Olympia "Ice Cream" platform sandal at The Tannery, $1245

Where to Find Sweet Summer Sandals Beyond Department Stores

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Charlotte Olympia "Ice Cream" platform sandal at The Tannery, $1245

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Bostonians expect a lot from their summer shoes. Brick sidewalks, construction everywhere, long commutes on foot, and shoreline day trips all command sturdy footwear that still has sex appeal—we only get a few short months to let our toes breathe, so might as well make the most of it. Depart from the usual mall store circuit (though there's no ignoring the impeccable sandal selections at the luxury department stores) and swing by one of these five downtown destinations for peep toes, sling-backs, gladiators, and wedges.


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This classic contemporary Charles Street boutique (and Racked 38 member) is known for a top-notch selection of footwear and accessories. Explore the latest sandals from Kate Spade, Joie, Rebecca Minkoff and more.

Nordstrom Rack

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Nordstrom Rack has a rather thorough and ever changing selection of footwear in sizes small (4-5) to large, with its designer offerings pulled out of the masses. Find big-time brands inclyding Coach, Tory Burch, and Steve Madden alongside more indie lines like Dolce Vita and Matt Bernson.

Serenella Boston

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For sandals that you won't find on every other pedestrian's feet, come to Serenella. The high-end boutique exclusively stocks Aquazurra stilettos, an Italian brand with price points around $500, as well as French favorite K. Jacques—gladiator perfection.

The Tannery

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Running the gamut from affordable to seriously not, The Tannery has footwear to please every need. Scoop some Margiela, Charlotte Olympia, or YSL from the "Curated" department, or simply shop Jack Rogers and Kork-Ease on the main floor.

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This Newbury mainstay is all about footwear, with relatively inexpensive styles from Jeffrey Campbell, Chinese Laundry, Havaianas, and many more on its displays.

Moxie

This classic contemporary Charles Street boutique (and Racked 38 member) is known for a top-notch selection of footwear and accessories. Explore the latest sandals from Kate Spade, Joie, Rebecca Minkoff and more.

Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack has a rather thorough and ever changing selection of footwear in sizes small (4-5) to large, with its designer offerings pulled out of the masses. Find big-time brands inclyding Coach, Tory Burch, and Steve Madden alongside more indie lines like Dolce Vita and Matt Bernson.

Serenella Boston

For sandals that you won't find on every other pedestrian's feet, come to Serenella. The high-end boutique exclusively stocks Aquazurra stilettos, an Italian brand with price points around $500, as well as French favorite K. Jacques—gladiator perfection.

The Tannery

Running the gamut from affordable to seriously not, The Tannery has footwear to please every need. Scoop some Margiela, Charlotte Olympia, or YSL from the "Curated" department, or simply shop Jack Rogers and Kork-Ease on the main floor.

Thom Brown

This Newbury mainstay is all about footwear, with relatively inexpensive styles from Jeffrey Campbell, Chinese Laundry, Havaianas, and many more on its displays.