Summer in Seattle: The Sandals You'll Want to Wear Every Day
Born on the isle of Minorca off the coast of Spain, avarca-style sandals—with the distinctive rubber tire tread soles, greased leather uppers and heel straps, and a suede lining—are a popular choice of footwear in the Mediterranean as much for their simple construction as for their durable style. Riudavets (riudavetsusa.com) has been hand-making these flat sandals in a wide range of colors, ranging from neutral to metallic and every hue in between since the 1920s, and the shoes still garner notice from fashion’s heavy hitters, including recent shout-outs in New York magazine and The New York Times. We love them for their nonchalant charm and laidback versatility. $120, locally available exclusively at Clementine (West Seattle, 4447 California Ave. SW; 206.935.9400; clementines.com) and Totokaelo (Capitol Hill, 1523 10th Ave.; 206.623.3582; totokaelo.com).