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  • Writer's pictureSarah Nantel


A girl in a white dress wearing nude summer sandals.

There are many things I like about Calgary – the fun festivals in and around our city, living so close to the mountains, the strong sense of community, and having actual seasons. The long cold winters are not a favorite of mine.

Now because of that, travel to warm destinations is a must!

Many people I’ve spoken to find their seasonal depression hits about mid-January and I can relate. We crave the sun so much! This is why our family always travels the most in the first couple months of the year.

I need to confess something though... I’m such a procrastinator when it comes to packing. I do, however, have a list of favourite items that are always go-to’s for me which helps save time!

Some of my favourite items for traveling include my camera (of course!), bathing suits I feel confident in, a wicked pair of sunglasses, some good books and comfortable shoes!

On our most recent trip, we travelled to Houston, TX and spent a week in the sun by the pool. The warmth and Vitamin D were exactly what I needed to rejuvenate my soul.

A girl sitting by the edge of the pool soak up the sun.

Cougar Shoes is a brand I absolutely love. (If you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you would have seen my post about their winter boots here.) This family run business started in Ontario in 1948 and has grown into a Canadian footwear staple that ships across North America. Their main goal is to create shoes that are versatile, comfortable and stylish. I think they’ve done a great job! Those favourite shoes I mentioned above? Those are the Prato Leather Sandal and the Honey Suede Wedge Sandal.

A girl happily standing by the pool in her summer dress and pink sandals.

The Prato Leather Sandal is the perfect poolside shoe. They feature an open, rounded toe with a sheep nappa leather strap which makes them feel so incredibly soft. Most importantly, they are slip-ons so don’t worry about consuming too many poolside margaritas! Ha-ha!

The shoes of a girl standing by the pool in a white dress.

When I vacation, I love walking around and exploring new neighborhoods just as much as I love relaxing poolside. The Honey Suede Wedge Sandal is the ideal mix between style and comfort and is perfect for strolling around town. These wedge sandals also feature an open, rounded toe and use soft kid suede. But instead of a slip on like the Prato, the Honey Suede Wedge has padded straps with a hook and loop closure. They also feature a 2.5” wedge heel which makes them easy to dress up if you’re going out for the night.

Looking down on the sandals of a girl standing on a cement patio.

Both of these shoes are stain-resistant and water-repellant – I know it sounds weird to have water-repellant sandals, but you’ll thank me when you realize your sandals stay clean forever. Because the leathers have been treated to stop water from soaking into the materials, they repel spills and dirt which make for easy cleanup. I truly love that these sandals are THE lightest shoes I have ever worn. Typically, shoes are one of the heaviest things in my suitcase when travelling, but not anymore!

I’m so thankful summer is on its way. We’ll be basking in the warmth before you know it. What do you look for in a summer shoe/sandal? Tell me in the comments below!

Thank you to Cougar Shoes for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

A girl standing outside by a pool in a summer dress.

A girl standing outside in a garden looking down at her sandals.


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