Today's post marks my one year anniversary participating in the Rockport Challenge! You may remember, it all started when we talked wedding season style, then moved into holiday party must-haves and most recently, the importance of a versatile flat for the work day and weekend. In that time, I've amassed quite a collection of Rockport shoes!
You may have noticed I have a brand new pair, the Garden Court Perf Slide Sandal. It's that adorable plaid wedge on the left.
The minute I unboxed the Garden Court Perf Slide Sandal, I fell in love.
Looking at them fresh out of the box, I was already fantasizing about all the places I would wear them, from summer weddings to backyard BBQs.
My favorite detail is the bow across the front. It's feminine, without being too girly or flashy.
The wedges have the signature Rockport comfort, which you can see as you slide your feet into them. The ADIPRENE by adidas technology makes every step feel like walking on a cloud.
The design element that makes them feel perfect for summer is the straw-like material on the wedge. It reminds me of a woven beach mat or picnic basket.
In case you're wondering, the height of the wedge is 2.75 inches.
As with every Rockport Challenge, this edition has a theme. This round we're focusing on warm weather looks that can take you through a full day of summer adventures.
One of my favorite weekend activities in the summer here in Boston is spending all afternoon on Sunday at SoWa. SoWa combines so many of my favorite things - shopping local, farmer's markets, food trucks and sun bathing. The Garden Court Perf Slide Sandal is perfect for strolling through the rows of vendors, waiting in line at the food trucks and carrying home all my loot! I love them paired with a simple colored tee (one of the colors in the plaid pattern of the shoe), jean shorts and a crossbody bag. The last thing you need while walking around for hours is a bulky handbag.
You can shop every item in this SoWa look on Polyvore.
I think what I adore most about this particular shoe is that you can dress it up or dress it down. While the SoWa look is very casual, I can also easily see myself wearing these wedges to fancier affairs. For example, at the end of July I am going with three friends to a polo match. I have always fantasized about going to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, but since that has yet to occur, I'm happily road tripping it with my girls to the Newport International Polo Series in Rhode Island.
To look effortlessly chic in 90 degree heat, I've paired the Garden Court Perf Slide Sandals with a flowy, army green dress from Zara, a tote big enough to carry my shades, sunscreen and snacks (that happens to match the shoes' brown leather perfectly) and a Derby-style straw hat.
The flat bottom on the shoes will hopefully keep me from falling into any divots! Only Julia Roberts can make that look graceful.
If you want to scoop up any of these polo-inspired items, you shop them on Polyvore (even the ice bucket!).
What I noticed when styling these two summer looks is that I kept feeling the urge to focus on one of the colors in the plaid pattern of the shoes (pink, purple, blue, white and green) and pull that out into the main pieces of the outfit. What's fun about that is you have five colors to play with at all times.
Now for the best part, the amazingly generous people at Rockport are offering three lucky Pop.Bop.Shop. readers a chance to win their very own pair of Garden Court Perf Slide Sandals so you can stay stylish and comfortable all summer long, no matter the adventure.
To enter the giveaway:
Leave a comment below saying which of these two summer adventure looks is your favorite - the casual or SoWa look or the dressy polo match ensemble.
Comments will be accepted until Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 11:59pm ET. The three winners will be announced on Monday, June 15, 2015.
I can't wait to hear which look you're loving.
*This post is sponsored by Rockport. All opinions are 100 percent my own.