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My Secret Weapon Shoe Resource is K-Mart

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For the budget-conscious shopper this will not come as news. But for the rest of you, I'm going to let you in on a secret: K-Mart sells amazing shoes.

I don't say that with any irony. I've been a K-Mart shoe section devotee for almost a decade, when I worked as a waitress in college and headed there to buy the all-black, slip-resistant old lady clogs the kitchen required us to wear. I branched out from work shoes and have never looked back.

The best pair, and the ones I buy in three colors every summer, are the Basic Editions Dakota Slip-Ons. Over the years I've also seen them labeled under the name "Fun Steps" but they're the same shoe: canvas slip-ons with thin, white rubber soles and a polka dot, striped, or floral cotton liner—a sort of proto-Tom's that doesn't make your foot look like it's wrapped in bandages. (Side note: Can everyone please agree to stop wearing Tom's yet?). The design is so simple they're almost invisible; there's pretty much zero chance that these shoes will compete with the rest of your outfit. They seem to be a K-Mart standby, available at all times of the year in white, tan, black, and navy, but if you're lucky you might find a print like tan-and-white striped or black-and-white polka dot.

To be clear, this is not an investment buy. These shoes will not last you more than one season. They might even find their way into a trash can before the summer is over (tip: don't wear them in the rain). But at $8, can you really complain? You can, and will, wear them with absolutely everything. You're welcome!

Slip-on shoes for summer photo: k