Best Bet: Cole Haan X Les Toiles du Soleil


In the season of outdoor concerts, beer gardens, barbecues, and rooftop movies, you can afford to inject a little color into your summer wardrobe. Cole Haan's new limited-edition collection arrives at its Soho store today, a collaboration with 150-year-old French fabric brand Les Toiles du Soleil (fittingly, "the fabric of the sun"). The punchy collection of ballet flats, boat shoes, chukkas (for both sexes), a tote, and wallet combines the Catalan company's vibrant striped prints in red or blue with Italian vachetta leather. The ballet flats and boat shoes also feature Cole Haan's Nike Air technology for extra cushioning when you're pounding the pavement this summer — another reason to retire those beat-up flip-flops.

Cole Haan X Les Toiles du Soleil collection at Cole Haan Soho and online: Air Olivia Ballet Flats, $178; Jack or Jill Chukkas, $198; Air Yacht Club Boat Shoe, $148, Kendra Large Tote, $198.