12 best women’s sandals to wear for perfect summer style

Kelsey Chapman
Thursday 29 April 2021 18:45
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The last thing you want to do when the temperatures are up is stuff your feet into the sweaty confines of a closed-toe shoe or boot. Your feet, like the rest of your body, need to breathe in the summer, which is why a great sandal is so necessary.

We looked at hundreds of styles in high heels, flats, colorful, neutrals, leather, canvas, you name it, and the following list are what we predict you’ll love slipping into in order to complete your summer looks this year. Whether it’s the casual, all day comfort of a Teva or Clarks style, or the audacity of a flower power platform, keep reading to find the breezy shoe you can’t live without this summer.

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Nine West Galvin

Bright and cheery with a nearly three inch heel that lengthens the legs, these orange sandals would look gorgeous with a breezy floral dress, or perhaps a matching set of co-ords for a head-to-toe monochromatic look.

Stradivarius Quilted Mules in Black

Casual, modern, and in the always-popular black, these quilted mules are a faux leather dream. Check out that trend squared-off toe!

Circus by Sam Edelman Women's Irina Architectural Block-Heel Dress Sandals

An architectural heel like the one seen on these sandals elevates a shoe from basic to fashion expert without sacrificing comfort or wearability, especially when crafted in a delicate rose shade. Grab the even bolder blue or pastel multi snakeskin for an even edgier look.

Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sandals

Save the Birkenstock hippie jokes: these pink sandals are the moment. There’s comfort, there’s support, there’s color–what else could you possibly want, especially for $45?

Taylor Baby Cheetah Suede Ankle Strap Heels

A strappy, substantial heel like this never goes out of style. The cheetah print is also classic, but there are more than 20 other colors available in this wardrobe staple so buy a pair in all your favorites prints and tones to ensure no summer outfit is left unfinished.

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The Miso Platform Sandal

We’re showing you the most whimsical print option in this chunky platform style, but don’t fret: you can also get them in black, caramel, or ivory in case you’re obsessed with the shape but can’t justify spending $290 on such a one-trick pony. The best part? Shoes like this look impressive but are absurdly easy to walk in, something your feet will thank you for on those long summer days out with friends.

Tod’s Double T embellished suede slides

For a more muted, classic feel, these mushroom Tod’s flat slides will pair effortlessly with shorts, skirts, linen pants, and anything else lightweight and summer-ready you might wear in the heat.

Clarks Women's Breeze Sea

For a more sporty look with the well-known comfort of the Clark’s brand, try this pair of thong sandals with patented Cloudsteppers technology to keep you treading lightly all day long.

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Women's slide sandal with Gucci logo

If jelly sandals evoke a sense of nostalgia but you still want people to know you’re fully grown, you can’t get anything better than these stunning blue rubber Gucci sandals that tout the brand’s name in translucent beauty right across the top of your feet.

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Women’s Midform Universal

Tevas are famous for being all-day wearable, and even the company itself suggests them for outdoor activities, festivals, cruising around town, you name it! The classic midform boasts a platform just over one inch high, so you’ll get a teensy boost in height and have plenty of cushioning to provide extra comfort while you’re wearing these. Click through to see the wide color selection, too.

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Gianni Bini Ronilynn Bling Jewel Embellished Sandals

If you’re looking for something made to shine at night, look no further than these thoroughly blinged-out heels. Completely coated in rhinestones that come in a variety of colors, these open-toed dream shoes come with a nearly four inch heel and up to a size 12, and the padded memory foam sock ensures they’ll stay as comfortable as possible while making you look like a sparkly princess.

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State Yellow Chunky Sole Thong Strap Sandals

These sandals are for bold wearers only, but how much fun would these be paired with a great bikini at the beach!? The chunky bottoms act as shock absorbers with every step you take, so expect less stress on your soles and ankles.

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