DFW folks are all too familiar with the intense heat that accompanies the summer months in Texas. When the triple digit temperatures roll in, the best way to escape is with a visit to the nearest watering hole — lake, river, pool, whatever works. When you go, be sure to head out with a pair of shoes that are both fit for the water and stylish.
Saint Bernard
5570 W. Lovers Lane, Suite 388
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 357-9700
www.saintbernard.comSaint Bernard has an extensive collection of sandals for the casual beach or pool-goer, from $20 basics to extravagant selections priced up to $200 with high-end brands Jack Rogers, Sam Edelman and more. They’ve got flip flops as well, for both men and women, from the cheap and casual to those that may be able to handle the water, but are so nice you probably won’t want to try it out. There is gear for every sport of every season here, which of course includes swimwear, so stock up.

Everything But Water
NorthPark Center
8687 N Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 987-2884
www.everythingbutwater.comEverything But Water has everything you’ll need for water. Including the shoes, of course. Their sandals come in the basic flats and quirky, vibrant designs that are sure to fetch a second glance or several during your pool or beach time. After you are done browsing the footwear selection, which may take a while, you can further enhance your summer style with other accessory items like sunglasses, hats, sundresses — anything you need to match the unwavering style you show on the streets.

2220 Coit Road, Suite 325
Plano, TX 75075
(888) 946-9873
www.xtremeswim.comIf you are headed out to focus on the physical fitness and sport side of swimming, this is where you will want to visit first. If you’re a racer, you can get top-of-the-line equipment here including googles, swim caps and more. If you want to try your hand at water aerobics, a great way to stay both cool and fit in the summer heat, bells, weights, etc. can all be found here, too. Their water shoes may not be as extensive in selection, but  they are all among the best in quality.

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D & J Inc. Sports
3060 B Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75247
(214) 631-0057
www.djsports.comD&J Sports has one passion, and that is swimming. If you’re an expert racer, you can pick up top equipment here for a full summer of training. If the kids are just getting their feet wet for the first time, you can get them exactly the buoys and gear that they will need so they can join you in the racetrack before long. Their shoes are perfect to help train you up as well, with the sleek Speedo hydro comfort water shoes. They’ll aid you both in and out of the water, and feature high-tech advancements including drain holes to drain faster and dry sooner.

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Quia Querisma is designer-shoe wearing digital diva, party-rocking jet setter, and freelance writer. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post, Forbes Travel Guide, Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Observer, and Examiner.com. She prefers Facebook over Twitter, and doesn’t think she’s interesting enough for Snapchat.