Vanessa Cesario – otherwise known as The Brunette Salad, a Canadian style influencer, has curated a crisp collection of footwear styles that represent her monochromatic East coast style.

It isn’t news that combining comfort with style has been the direction of many designers over the past few years. From street style statements to everyday staples, Converse to People Footwear slides, here’s how to rep classic summer style that blends casual cool with fashionable function.

Vanessa is the perfect fit for our summer campaign—speaking on the idea of ‘breaking the norm,’ she shows us how style rule breakers are changing the game.

#MadetobeBroken is about individualism and freedom of expression. How do you use fashion as a form of expression?

Fashion is the primary way we communicate with other people, before we even get the chance to speak to them. I always try to wear things that are inherently 'me.'


Vanessa's Picks

Curating this collection was so awesome...something I've always wanted to do and now finally have the chance! The shoes I picked represent all aspects of my style to a T—comfy, wearable and cool.


The Steve Madden Nanno's are the perfect summer shoe for when you want to dress up, but stay comfy.

Summer is all about enjoying the outdoors (that means walking everywhere!) and nothing sucks more than getting stuck in sweaty, uncomfortable heels.






These have ventilation and feature the perfect heel height for looking polished but not killing your feet!

I'd rock ankle boots year-round if I could; but it gets hard to wear chunkier fall silhouettes in the summer. These Free People Desert Rider Ankle boots are cut low and super sleek, so they look perfect with denim cut-offs.




Sneakers are my go-to footwear. I tend to lean toward low-cut, athletic sneakers, but switching it up with Converse Chucks done in leather have proven to be an instant classic for me.




Nothing's better than slipping into your shoes when it gets hot out. Typically I'd say people associate slides exclusively for the pool, but that shouldn't be the case. Slides have had quite the 'come-up' over the last couple years thanks to Celine and Givenchy and these other brands that have reinvented them, per se. I'm also partial to socks and slides.

I've worn these for a lunch date with a cool jersey skirt, for errands in an oversized vintage athletic sweater and cutoffs...they even look cool with a simple dress. I'd do them with high-waisted, wider leg pants for night. These slides by People Footwear and Steve Madden are more socially acceptable than wearing flip flops 24/7, but just as comfy!


Vanessa on Style


What’s your take on the conventional rules of fashion being thrown out the window, and becoming less important?

I've honestly never really taken rules into consideration, and I'm glad that the fashion world is starting to follow suit with that as well. It's so, so cool to see things that people once considered 'ugly' become trendy (look at Birkenstocks!).


How would you describe your style?

My style is always monochromatic and equal parts minimal and menswear-inspired.


How do you balance the seasons with your style?

My style doesn't change significantly from the summer to the winter—obviously there are more layers there but the premise is the same. My winter footwear go-to would be Timbs though!


How do people react to your style?

My style is honestly pretty low key, but people seem to be drawn to the fact that I keep it simple and Ivania Carpio monochromatic. I keep it super simple with basics (bombers, boxy dresses) and add a cool aspect to the equation, like an interesting heel or sneaker.


Was there a time when you weren’t confident in your style? How do you deal with the pressure to be “on trend”?

I'd say there were definitely times where I wore things that didn't necessarily suit me just because they were on trend, but I learned quickly that this never has a great outcome. Now I never feel pressure to dress a certain way—I wear what works for me!




Be sure to check out Vanessa's curated collection and keep up with her on Instagram and her blog!