I often covet items from Opening Ceremony -- a great store that carries awesome independent designers. Though I usually can't afford to buy much there, the other day Anne and I were window shopping at OC when I saw a bin of amazing-looking sandals in the corner -- so I lunged for it. Turns out I was sorting through Gurkees Rope Sandals, which cost just $27! I got the Neptune style in "Denim," but now that I've found their website I'm thinking about picking up the Barbados in "Olive," too. And maybe the Tobago in "Beige"? They're my new obsession. So cute, so comfy.
My classic sandal pick deserves a mention too, as I still put my Salt-Waters ($34, pictured in "Red Smooth") in heavy rotation every spring and summer. With so many colors available, you might want more than one pair. They're perfect little-girl sandals but they transition into grown-up-ville too. Trust me -- these look way cute on your feet.