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15 Pairs of Awesome, Beat-the-Heat Cutout Shoes

In summer, cutout shoes feel like a peace treaty swooping in to stop the the war I keeping waging on my shoe bins. For the office or dinners or even just brunch when I don't want to look dowdy, it's hard to find shoes that are humidity-friendly but still polished. Because that's not the patent leather brogues I wore all winter (too hot now) or the barely-there sandals I wear to the beach (too casual). And sometimes even when I find a fancy sandal in those bins (seemingly a good problem-solver), I just don't want to wear them until I get a pedicure. Cutout shoes are the perfect compromise, promising to keep my foot cool and (mostly) covered-up. I definitely need a pair, and you probably do too.

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They'd make my simple dark-jeans-and-white-tee outfits better.
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So your feet don't get all sticky in your flats.
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They'd balance a floaty little dress quite nicely.


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It's sort of like wearing a cheery eyelet print on your feet.
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Summer-ize your oxfords.
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For when you want to show off your pedicure color, but maybe not the rest of your foot.
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The very definition of a statement flat.


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Wear them with a sundress in a contrasting color, like bright orange.
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If you got used to wearing ankle boots with your night-out outfits all winter long, just switch into these.
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Nail the tomboy-at-boarding-school look you love, even when it's 95 degrees out.
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That shape makes the leopard sort of subversive and cool, not pinup-y.
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They've got a very charming early-'90s-cool-babysitter feel.
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Wear them with an ear cuff, a slouchy t-shirt and cutoffs.


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The mint green color is subtle but great.

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