Summer- Gladiator Style

Since Shoe Crush Tuesday showcased a pair of amazingly lengthy sandals, we thought we'd let the obsession go on a little longer. After all it's summer time and open toe sandals do become a primary closet staple! From the buckle to the wrap around ankle sandals, our picks (below) add new meaning to the gladiator sandal and are bound to spice up your weekend casual.

Shoe Crush Tuesday: Loza Maléombho Sandals

If you're looking for a unique pair of sandals that will add spunk to your summer wardrobe, these are it! Paired with a pair of denim shorts, floaty summer dress, or playful romper, the Zebra sandals are one of the many perfect ways to make a statement this season. 

If you're a petite like me and wondering if these will be a good fit, there is also the Maracana sandals (which is a shorter version of the Zebra sandals and stops right below the knee).

Handmade in Côte d'Ivoire, they can be shipped internationally with an approximate fifteen day wait. Find the Zebra sandals here and the Maracana sandals here.

What I love most about the shoes is its designer, Loza Maléombho! 

"Born in Brazil and raised between Côte d’Ivoire and the United States, she was designing since 13 and graduated in 2006 from the University of the Arts of Philadelphia with a BA of Fine Arts in Animation...Established in New York City in 2009 and relocated to Côte d’Ivoire since 2012 where its production takes place, the brand is best described as a fusion between traditional cultures/ sub-cultures and contemporary fashion."

There is authenticity in Maléombho 's craft, as well as a high level of social consciousness and impact as she employs the talent within and aims to promote African fashion. "By producing in Côte d’Ivoire, Loza’s vision is to empower women with a small manufacturing workshop that produces the collection and hires young women from unfavorable backgrounds. She also works closely with local artisans on featured products such as Indigo dye fabric, jewelry, shoes and accessories."  

Seriously the type of stylish sandals I will totally invest in!

Shoe Crush Tuesday: Sam Edelman Yates Heels

There is something about these heels that remind me of home sweet home. The colorful beading, and studded embellishment with its friendly pairing of black, white, and nude make it THE statement heel. Because they have so much personality, going to back to basics with your ootd will be key, to avoid any visual conflicts. A simple LBD or LWD will do!

Price tag: $275 | Find them here.