20 stunning summer sandals

Kick off the season with these twenty open-toe styles, from heels to flats and everything in between.


This summer season, it’s all about embellished lace-up sandals, minimalist slides, and practical footwear for running outside. This carefully curated selection of available styles will cover your bases and brighten up any outfit from brunch to the beach, all summer long.


Tassels and pom poms galore! The statement sandal is back in a big way. So go to town in designs that are uniquely fringed, bedazzled, tribal-inspired, and, above all, fun. The most popular new silhouette is the lace-up sandal, whether in flat or heeled form, but the gladiator sandal from last summer is still a shoe-in, just updated for this season with studs, sparkle, and more color than ever before.

Missguided Tassel Front Flat Sandals

Missguided tassel front flat sandals in cobalt blue ($34, Missguided)

Kate Spade Serafina Sandals

Kate Spade Serafina sandals ($228, Kate Spade)

H&M Sandals

H&M sandals ($30, H&M)

Tory Burch Mignon Braided Flat Sandal

Tory Burch Mignon braided flat sandal ($275, Tory Burch)

ALDO Catarina Coral Heeled Strappy Tassel Sandal

ALDO Catarina coral heeled strappy tassel sandal ($105, ASOS)


The minimalist woman values comfort without sacrificing style. Downtown-casual slides emerged as last year’s enduring summer trend, and the style has only strengthened in popularity this year, known for its easy comfort. The heeled strappy sandal is also a timeless piece, but this year designers are bringing more color and scalloped edges into the mix. These are officially the “cool girls” of the summer—never trying too hard; always effortlessly chic.

Zara Metallic Strappy Slides

Zara metallic strappy slides ($30, Zara)

Forever21 Faux Leather Sandals

Forever 21 faux leather sandals ($9, Forever 21)

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ALDO Neila in bone nubuck in light pink ($90, ALDO)

Everlane The Slide Sandal

Everlane the slide sandal ($98, Everlane)

Sole Society Pia Sandal in Red

Sole Society Pia sandal in red ($75, Sole Society)

LOFT slingback peep-toe sandals ($50, LOFT)

Nasty Gal Take the Strap Vegan Suede Heel

Nasty Gal take the strap vegan suede heel ($68, Nasty Gal)


These shoes were made for having fun. When you need sandals to hold up in parks, running under fountains, and chasing after children look to these strap-ons. And, don’t worry, practical no longer means boring: these styles run the gamut from the on-trend block heel to cute, easy-going wedges and timeless flat sandals.

Dolce Vita Dinara Sandal

Dolce Vita Dinara sandal ($43, Dolce Vita)

Hoy Shoes Salt Water Sandal in Gold

Hoy Shoes salt water sandal in gold ($41, Zappos)

Lucky Brand Katereena Wedge Sandal

Lucky Brand Katereena wedge sandal ($50, Nordstrom)

Madewell Boardwalk Criss-Cross Sandal

Madewell Boardwalk criss-cross sandal ($55, Madewell)

J.Crew Laila Wedge in Suede

J.Crew Laila wedge in suede ($135, J.Crew)

TOMS Lexi Sandal

TOMS Lexi sandal ($59, Nordstrom)

Chinese Laundry Pareo Wedge Sandal

Chinese Laundry Pareo wedge sandal ($50, Chinese Laundry)

H&M Block-Heeled Sandals

H&M block-heeled sandals ($25, H&M)

Genevieve Ang
Genevieve Ang

Genevieve Ang grew up in Singapore and now lives in New York. By day she works in marketing, by night she writes about fashion, shopping, and the importance of a red lip.