Summer is the time for lighter, breezier and easier fashion. And for feet, that means only the most stylish, comfy sandals. Whether your feet a sight to behold or they prefer hiding behind well-placed straps, sandal styles run the gammat.
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From Y2K platform throwbacks, to ’80s jellies, to minimalist silhouettes, to wedge-y corks, this year’s trendiest crop of styles are available for every budget and decade preference.
These are my most favorite summer sandals to shop:
Best Flat Sandals
1. Melissa x Larroudé Cali Slide Sandal
A sophisticated take on the jellies we loved as a kid, these fun summer sandals are perfect poolside, at the beach or running errands. With two different colors, these will be your go-to slides for elevating any warm-weather look.
Price: $115 at Anthropologie
2. Ella II Ankle Strap Sandal
Make moves in these super-comfortable, fashionable sandals that come in four different color combos. The part playful, part practical style combines comfort for all-day wear featuring scrunched crisscross straps across the top and a single strap at the ankle. A back heel zipper closure locks the sandal to your foot.
Price: $110 at Sorel
3. Bella Caia Crochet Sandal
This super cute leather slide by Free People features woven accents along the straps and a crisscross pattern along the toes. The insole has light cushioning for added comfort.
Price: $108 at Zappos
4. Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sandal
The iconic Birkenstock brand, but in a lightweight, waterproof version that comes in a rainbow of colors — 10 to be exact. It has everything you love about the OG Birkenstock, the anatomically-shaped footbed, arch support and toe grip — but in a version made for lazy days lounging by water somewhere.
Price: $50 at Urban Outfitters
5. H & M Leather Slides
The sweetest espadrille mules to wear with your favorite sundress. Slides in leather with a wide, braided foot strap. Leather lining, molded leather insoles, and fluted soles. Sole thickness approx. 1 3/4 in.
Price: $69.99 at H&M
6. Melissa Shoes Obsessed Jelly Sandal
If these don’t remind you of the summers you spent playing outside until the streetlights came on, I don’t know what will. This updated jelly-inspired style is probably more comfy that the originals because of the padded footbed and super-soft MelFlex plastic in a fisherman-style silhouette and ankle buckle strap.
Price: $69 at Urban Outfitters
7. Hope For Flowers by Tracy Reese x Naturalizer Flora Sandals
Just about the cutest summery flats I’ve ever seen, the ruched top makes the outer edges flair out in girly-girl ruffles. And even better than that, the top part is made from recycled polyester, so you can feel confident in protecting the earth while staying stylishly adorable.
Price: $118 at Anthropologie
8. La Risa Flat Sandals
A twist on the classic strappy sandal, the La Risa sandals features a crisscross design with a buckle on top with a rounded square toe. It has a teeny tiny heel to give you a slight added lift. You have six color options to choose from.
Price: $98 at Free People
9. Steve Madden Donddi Flat Sandal
This 100% leather minimalist sandal by Steve Madden features a classic silhouette rounded toe, wide strap across the toes and an adjustable ankle strap with a 0.25-inch mini heel.
Price: $54.95 on Amazon
10. Kastela Ankle Wrap Sandal
Vince Camuto is my most favorite shoe designer for sky-high heels, but these suede flats are perfect for staying stylish during the sunny days of summer. With a braided jute midsole, suede braided strap and ankle wrap tie, this artisanal-inspired sandal is the perfect for a boho edit.
Price: $119 at Vince Camuto
Best Wedges and Platform Sandals
11. Lauryn Wedge Sandals
Nothing screams summer like this pair of Lauryn Wedges. Whether it’s the raffia covered heel or the pastel hue, whatever it is, I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair. The chunky platform features wide straps, a woven buckle and more character than you can throw a stick at.
Price: $120 at Dolce Vita
12. Sam Edelman Tula Wedge Platform Sandals
Perhaps the cutest wedges in the world, Tula combines the summer raffia look with an ankle straps that tie in a cute bow in the back. The super high block heel measure 5 inches and the platform measures 2 inches for lots of added height.
Price: $149.95 at Zappos
13. Rockport Briah Gladiator Wedge Sandal
The simple wedges have a back zipper for easy on and off with a 100% leather upper. The platform toe measures 0.75 inches and a 2.75-inch heel, so they aren’t high enough to break your ankle but just high enough to elongate your legs.
Price: $65.97 and up on Amazon
14. Dr. Martens Blaire Platform Sandal
This beloved brand makes timeless shoes that cycle through every generation, so you won’t be surprised when one day your grandkids are wearing the same shoes you wore as a teen — or, raiding your Doc stash. These high-rise sandals feature leather straps with adjustable buckle fasteners and a SoftWair memory foam footbed. Note: This style runs big.
Price: $109.99 at Journeys
15. Ellara Block Heel Slide Sandal
Hey, the 2000s called — and they want their block platforms back. These retro-inspired wedge sandals have a chunky block heel reminiscent of Baby Spice. It has just the right amount of height (4-inch heel, 1.5-inch platform) to level up your early 2000s look.
Price: $110 at Aldo Shoes
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