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Fresh flowers. Gianvito Rossi has created platforms, slides and block-heel sandals in petal-pushing prints.

By Jessica Mehalic Lucas

Great style starts from the ground up. Summer’s statement-making slides, block-heeled beauties and retro-fabulous platforms make a case for planning your outfit around your shoes. Bonus: all the flats and chunkier heels are infinitely more wearable than some of the styles from seasons past.

Coinciding with the return of the over-the-top platform, satin has ditched its bridesmaid dress image to become a favorite fabric for footwear this season. Who but shoe god Gianvito Rossi could merge both trends so exquisitely? The Coco platform in floral print satin brings Dolce Vita vibes to any cocktail party or swanky event.

The fancy flat continues to reign. Roger Vivier puts a decadent spin on the pool slide we’re seeing everywhere but the pool this season; the Slidy Viv’ is crafted in metallic leather with double crystal buckles. For a more streamlined take on the slide, the Rabat slipper in denim is elegantly topped with raffia floral embroidery and an embellished buckle.

Looking for effortless, all-day chic? Bring on the block heel! Aquazzura offers a swoon-worthy selection, accented with fringe, pom poms, tassels and baubles. Alluring lacing taps into the season’s ankle-interest trend.

Black and white is always so right. Sergio Rossi makes the iconic pairing au courant with the sr1 sandal in printed pony leather—featuring a sturdy 4-inch heel and a contemporary squared toe.

Jimmy Choo’s Nanda slide is summer’s answer to easy glamour. Yes, pink is the color du jour and the gold studs prevent it from being too precious. Pair with cropped denim or a midi skirt for a polished off-duty look.

The mules of fall were sophisticated and subdued; the mules of summer are extravagant and eye-catching. Cue Giuseppe Zanotti who has created the ultimate night-out stunner. The strappy Camilla satin mule is lavishly detailed with crystals and gold studs.

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