Have you ever noticed that the most stylish girls always seem to match their shoes to their sunnies? As far as we’re concerned, being able to make your shoes and accessories work together is the key to a perfect outfit. With lots of sunshine on the way, we dropped by Sunglass Hut to pick out five of our favourite styles, and we’re giving you some tips on how to pair each with the perfect shoe, for a look you won’t want to take off when the sun goes down.
The sunnies: Chunky black, with a red-tint lens
The shoes: Red-on-red high-top sneakers
These sunnies are cool and pretty bold, but in an understated way. The lenses feature just a hint of red, set in slightly oversized black plastic frames with a sporty shape. The ideal pairing here is a shoe that has the same chunky weight, and an equal dose of sporty cool. We love playing off of the red tint in the lenses with a pair of fully red – down to the laces! – high-tops. This pairing oozes confidence, in that great nonchalant way that we can’t get enough of.
(Oakleys sunglasses: Sunglass Hut, $180.00 | Red high-tops: Aldo, $90.00)
The sunnies: Tortoise shell
The shoes: Studded, slip-on loafers
This pair of Ray-Bans has a slightly retro bent thanks to the shape, and the tortoise shell pattern brings a menswear influence as well. Cover both features in your shoes, for a subtle but strong effect. A classic loafer shape feels borrowed-from-the-boys, and has a vintage feel. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – style is all about the details! Here, it’s the perfect winged tip of the glasses, and the perfect ring of studs in the shoes that really seal the deal.
(Ray-Ban ‘Clubmasters' sunglasses: Sunglass Hut, $205.00 | Studded loafers: Hudson's Bay (Calvin Klein), $175.00)
The sunnies: Feminine, vintage cat-eye
The shoes: Nude heels
Cat-eye sunglasses were huge in the ‘50s and early ‘60s when bombshells like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe were rarely seen without a pair. These sunnies are dying to be worn with a pair of equally feminine heels, and because the frames aren’t overly delicate, we prefer a shoe with a bit of weight as well. A thick heel – in a blush-nude that plays off of the tones in the frames – are the perfect compliment. Feminine, but fierce – just like Liz or Marilyn.
(Cat-eye sunglasses: Sunglass Hut, $184.95 | Nude heels: Le Chateau, $99.95)
The sunnies: The quintessential Ray-Ban
The shoes: Patent platform sneakers with stitching
When someone says “Ray-Ban,” this style is probably the first that pops into mind for most of us. The Wayfarer design is minimalist, cool, and super classic – we’ve seen photos of Frank Sinatra rocking this exact style – and these black-and-white patent platforms have the same characteristics, with a little modern fun mixed in. The stitching detail in the shoes adds a little wink to the menswear of Sinatra’s day, and the platforms provide something a little unexpected, within the overall minimalist approach.
(Ray-Ban ‘Wayfarer’ sunglasses: Sunglass Hut , $240.00 | Patent platforms: Browns, $198.00)
The sunnies: Aviators
The shoes: Strappy heels
Despite the obviously specific origins of the style, aviator sunglasses are extremely versatile. They look great on men and women, and you can dress them up or down with equal success. Plus, they just have a way of making us feel so cool, no matter what we pair them with. One of our favourite ways to make this style more J-Lo off-duty and less Tom Cruise in Top Gun, is to pair them our favourite pair of strappy, heeled sandals. The delicate straps in a coordinating neutral shade play off of the light frames in the best way – J-Lo would be so proud.
(Ray-Ban aviators: Sunglass Hut, $210.00 | Heeled sandals: Hudson's Bay (Steve Madden), $90.00)
Visit St. Vital Centre to shop the looks featured in this post!
Long-sleeved mockneck top: Reitmans, $69.90
Black trousers: Hudson’s Bay (Lord and Taylor) $59.99
Sunglasses and shoes as noted above