One of the great joys of springtime is packing away the tired leather boots for the season. Out come the strappy sandals, peep-toes, and cute wedges.

Consequently, in comes the need for pedicures. But if you’re like me, your bi-weekly pedi appointment is the easiest thing to eliminate from the crammed to-do list, meaning your toes may not always be ready for their closeups.  

Here's a solution: These closed-toed, lace-up cuties from Dolce Vita—the perfect sandal/flat hybrid. When I spotted them on my coworker’s feet last week, I was immediately smitten. When I learned they were affordable, I had to have them. When I found out she scored them from Penelope’s, I canceled my pedi appointment and headed to Wicker Park to get my own. 

$85 at Penelope’s, 1913 W. Division St., 773-395-2351