7 Standout Sandals to Put Your Best Foot Forward This Summer

7 Standout Sandals to Put Your Best Foot Forward This Summer

Your favorite pair of boots makes a bold, independent statement – but as the seasons heat up, your feet will thank you for losing chunky footwear in favor of breathable, lightweight sandals. Despite their beachy reputation, today’s sandals aren’t relegated to the poolside; with a selection of material and styles as diverse as any other type of shoe, your sandals can send a style message that ranges from cool and casual to all business.

Strappy Feet Equal Happy Feet

Strappy sandals let your feet breathe easy, and they lend a free-spirited vibe to your breezy summer ensemble. Pair the solid-colored Gamma from Report with a graphic-print sundress or a lightweight printed jumpsuit. For something more subdued, capture the natural look with the Greek-inspired Layshia sandal. Sandals like the Layshia that sport a leather or suede texture lend your wardrobe a sense of earthiness that pairs particularly well with boho skirts and maxi dresses.

Comfort, Meet Style

Stock your closet with at least one pair of waterproof sandals – essentials for successful summer escapes. Flip your viewpoint on boring flip-flops by opting for a colorful sandal with distinctive details, such as Birkenstock’s vegan-friendly Madrid, which sports a playful buckle and comes in eye-popping rose. Opting for something a little quirky means your sandals can pull double-duty; after their beachfront debut, you can pair casual slides with cutoffs and a loose T-shirt or halter when you’re running around town or lounging at a cookout.

Elegant Lines

The desire to dress up and the need to stay cool don’t have to be enemies. Choose sandals with heels, peep-toe styles and those that offer just a bit more coverage if you work in a sandal-friendly office environment. Options like Franco Sarto’s Bocce or Me Too’s Dara complement sleek pencil skirts and breathable blouses. Black is always a safe bet for business, but a heeled peep-toe in lightly metallic gold adds the perfect finishing touch to a toga-style dress at your next summertime soiree. The rhinestone embellishment details make Steve Madden’s Tuzie sandals a party-friendly pick if you prefer the comfort of flats.

Go Retro

Fashion may be fleeting, but some styles last forever – with just the right pair of sandals, you can revisit your favorites summer after summer. Be comfy and chic in a belted jumper with chunky platform sandals, such as the Milton Flatform Sandal from Kensie. For an evergreen nautical look inspired by the style-savvy ’50s, pair cuffed skinny jeans with a slim profile belt, a striped shirt and sandals with criss-crossing straps. Styles like the Jaina Stafford from Clarks fit the bill. And, yes, that’s a bonus eighth pair of standout sandals, if you’re keeping count – you really can’t have too many.


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