This morning for instance when I woke up it was a lovely morning so I put my Fitflops on and toddled off to work, a decision I am now regretting, the sky is now grey and gloomy and the temperature has dropped, my toes are freezing :( So how do we get round this changeable weather?
Option 1 - Not the easiest option it depends on what you are doing. 2 pairs of shoes, 1 pair of sandals and another pair of warmer shoes - trainers/boots etc.. You keep 1 pair at work and the opposite type go on your feet. For instance on a day like today I would have worn my FitFlops this morning while the weather was nice and then had a warmer pair of shoes change into when it cooled down. Of course this only works if the right shoes are in the right place at the right time, if it's been warm in the afternoon and you've worn your sandals home and then the next morning it's cold your warm shoes would still be at work. So perhaps not the ideal solution unless you have loads of shoes.
|Merrells Toe Post Lilac Sandal in Scarlet|
Option 2 - Trainers. Sort of an in between, unfortunately if it's really cold outside they don't keep your feet very warm, and if it's warm you tend to get really hot feet. Brands like DC and Etnies offer good ventilation which helps for the warmer weather but not so great when its chilly. However if it is raining you definitely get more protection than in a pair of sandals.
|DC Net in Black and Orange|
Option 3 - A very popular option this summer is canvas. Converse, Vans, Dudes and Etnies Jameson Eco's have all been fantastic. With a canvas shoe your feet are still getting good breathability when the weathers warm and although they won't keep your feet warm when its cool people don't seem to care. I suppose even though they are canvas they still keep you warmer than a pair of sandals. However they are not great for rain, after all it's a textile your feet get soaked in no time.
|A durable canvas Star Player trainer from Converse|
Option 4 - Walking shoes, whilst in summer there are always a fair amount of walking shoes sold this year it has been higher, I think because they are breathable and still warm most importantly they are waterproof. Merrell have been our most popular with Timberland and The North Face following close behind, all of these brands have fantastic reputations for quality and wear and whilst they are more expensive than your average sandal these shoes can be worn all year round.
|A Gore-Tex Intercept from Merrell|
Option 5 - An option that many women have taken this year, just carry on wearing your winter boots. This year I have noticed that so many people just haven't moved from their winter boots into the more summery shoes. I for one swap between my lovely warm sheepskin Emus and my Fitflops depending on the weather and I think alot of other people are doing the same. Obviously last week when it was absolutely lovely and what Summer should be like the sandals were all out but already today I have seen loads of winter boots from the Emu/Ugg styles to full waterproof, insulated Merrells and Timberlands.
|Merrell Winter/Summer 2012 Boots|
Of course there are many more options for footwear, wellies, deck shoes, Crocs and many more. I guess the best we can do is take each day as it comes this year and do the best we can footwear wise :)