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Add some flair to your footwear with these fabulous styles

Upgrade your kicks with these fashionable shoe options for men and women from Lakewood Ranch businesses.

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  • | 2:10 p.m. August 18, 2022
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There’s no reason to wear boring shoes, especially in Florida where you can sport just about any type of footwear 12 months of the year. Sure, shades of tan go with almost everything — but YAWN. Kick your flips-flops and other standbys to the side and put some fun on your feet! Whether it’s a fashionable floral, a pop of color, or a new-fashioned loafer (guys, we’re looking at you — keep reading), here are some ideas to take your footwear from dreary to dazzling.


Peltz Shoes

5275 University Parkway, University Park; 941-355-1010;

Truly art for your feet, L’Artiste footwear is hand-painted and made with natural, tanned leather, making each pair unique. The Lizzie-Rose is a Mary Jane-meets-clog-meets-wedge so they can carry you through it all, from errands to ball games to dinner out, in comfort and style. They’re available in four colors. Good luck choosing just one.


Nordstrom Rack

8551 Cooper Creek Blvd., Bradenton; 941-870-4200;

Shopping at Nordstrom Rack is like a treasure hunt, and sometimes you strike emerald-green kitten-heel mules embellished with rhinestones. The bright silk upper, pointy toes, and demure heel offer something different to wear with little black dresses, but picture them with cuffed cropped jeans, a crisp white shirt, and a statement necklace. Either way, you’re sure to get noticed in these shoes fit for a princess.


T. Georgiano’s

1409 First St., Sarasota; 941-870-3727;

While browsing the shoe selection at T. Georgiano’s, a woman exclaimed, “Oh, these are so fun!” She was holding Cloud Footwear’s Vanessa sneaker — and how can one disagree with her? These colorful sneaks pair palm-and-hibiscus-print canvas with red leather trim, and they have both lace-up and zipper closures — for those days when tying your shoes is just too much.



151 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; 941-702-7005;

Men, ditch the tired boat shoes and Crocs – please! – and try these on for size. Floafers has modernized “the molded footwear space” with its fashionable floating loafers. Slip ‘em on and treat your feet to quick-drying, 360-degree ventilation, arch support and massage pods, and a scuff-proof rubber sole – suitable for boaters and landlubbers alike.


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