6 Sandal Trends To Shop In Lieu Of Booking A Vacation

Julia Marzovilla
6 Sandal Trends To Shop In Lieu Of Booking A Vacation
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Listen up—summer is here and you could probably use some new sandals. Maybe it’s because I sat in my apartment in fuzzy socks for the entirety of last year, but a girl could seriously use a vacation—and a reason to show off my pedicure. Luckily, these 2021 sandal trends will help me do just that.

I’m usually more of a sneaker person in the summer, but I feel like summer 2021 is going to be the time that I dive into sandals head (Feet?) first. Plus, all the trends this season are too fun to ignore, from ones with puffy padded straps to options that are decked out with maximalist chain details. I’m especially excited about that last one–there are tons of options that come with either gold or silver chains, so you can now match your shoes to your jewelry. Earn bonus points by adding in a coordinating chain-strapped bag.

Don’t worry—there are more minimalist sandal trends to obsess over, too. Flatforms are back in full force this summer, proving just how big a difference tacking on a few extra inches can make. At 5’2, It’s safe to say I’m personally quite stoked about it. Another big look is heeled flip flops, spotted on celebs like Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski and Rihanna (!!).

See what I mean? These trends are certainly worth investing in! Keep reading to see and shop a few of my favorite styles for summer 2021. Just don’t be mad at me when you end up buying a few pairs in the process.

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Pillow Talk

It’s all about the puff this year. While puffy bags had their moment in 2020, the trend has taken over footwear in 2021. Think cushioned little pillows your feet that feel as good as they look. I personally can’t think of a better sandal substitute for my well-worn 2020 slippers.


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Courtesy of Zara.

Ruched Strap Sandals

Kelly green still reigns supreme on my Instagram feed, so this pair of Ruched Strap Sandals from Zara are 100 percent worth shopping this summer.


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Courtesy of Kenneth Cole.

Nova Quilted Slides

If you’re on the hunt for a pair of no-fuss black slides to buy now and wear forever, consider these Nova Quilted Slides from Kenneth Cole.


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Courtesy of R0AM.

Puffy Slides

Alternatively, hot pink is also one of this season’s most in-demand hues. Rock this pair from Puffy Slides from R0AM to the pool.


Birks, Baby

The classic Birkenstock sandal is back in a big way right now. Sure, they’re kind of chunky, but that look is proving to be all the rage in 2021. From simple suede pairs that you can wear every day to patterned or denim alternatives that stand out in a crowd (Remember crowds?), it looks like you can justify buying multiple pairs.


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Courtesy of Birkenstock.

Arizona Suede Sandals

Starting off strong here with a pair of classic old Arizona Suede Sandals from Birkenstock. You will literally want to wear these everywhere.


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Courtesy of Freedom Moses.

x Solid & Striped Moses Two Band Slides

These rubber Moses Two Band Slides from Freedom Moses just got the cutest upgrade by way of a new collaboration with Solid & Striped.

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Courtesy of Mango.

Denim Cotton Sandals

If you’re terrified of your foot flying out of the back of a sandal, consider checking out these Denim Cotton Sandals from Mango.


Level Up

As Ciara once said, “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Let’s Go!” I don’t actually know if she was talking about platform shoes specifically in her chart-topping banger, but she should have been, considering how popular they’ve become. Short girls looking for some added height, rejoice! (And say goodbye to your painful heels).


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Courtesy of Steve Madden.

Stormi Platform Sandals

Stomp around the city in these Stormi Platform Sandals by Steve Madden. You’ll have to work to keep these clean, but it’s well worth the effort.

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Courtesy of Jeffrey Campbell.

Jelli Platform Slide Sandals

Jelly sandals are the retro-inspired shoe that your collection needs. I mean, how cute are these Jelli Platform Slide Sandals by Jeffrey Campbell?


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Courtesy of STAUD.

Fly Platform Sandals

The Fly Platform Sandals by STAUD are on my must-buy list this summer because they will give add all the inches to my petite frame.


Link Up

Go big or go home—and after a whole year at home, there’s a good chance you don’t want to keep doing the latter. Think shoelery and blingy chain embellishments that give classic silhouettes a little extra je ne sais quoi. If you think they’re maybe too much, buy ’em.


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Courtesy of Good American.

Chain Platform Slides

Gold detailing makes this black pair of Chain Platform Slides from Good American feel modern and chic. They’ll even match your favorite jewelry!


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Courtesy of Zara.

Chain Trim Low-Heeled Sandals

These Chain Trim Low-Heeled Sandals are about as fancy as flats get. Shoe jewelry is totally a thing now!



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Courtesy of Raye.

Margaret Heels

A delicate thin chain strap on these RAYE Margaret Heels makes ’em feel so much fancier. The low-ish heel also makes them ideal for summer weddings.


Adventure Time

So, you went hiking one time and now you think you’re the star of Free Solo? Got it. Meet the 2021 version of athleisure footwear: Hiking sandals. From Rainbow Brite colorways to more neutral alternatives this year is all about shoes that allow you to get out into nature—or at least look like you want to.


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Courtesy of TEVA.

Flatform Universal Sandals

If you’re looking for some sporty sandals, you need to invest in some Flatform Universal Sandals from TEVA. It doesn’t get more classic than this pair!

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Courtesy of Zara.

Rubberized Low-Heel Sandals

Even Zara has their take on utility-inspired footwear. These olive green Rubberized Low-Heel Sandals are too cute (and too affordable) to pass up on.


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Courtesy of Everlane.

ReNew Sport Sandals

Sustainable brand Everlane makes these ReNew Sport Sandals in a few bright colorways, but I prefer the basic black version.

Go with The Toe

Flip-flops, but make it 2021. Add a heel for a little lift and boom, your favorite summer shoe is transformed. You may not want to wear these to the beach, but they’re perfect for a date night ‘fit and some sweet summer love.

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Courtesy of ALOHAS.

Beijo Sandals

A chunky low heel and a peachy colorway make these Beijo Sandals by ALOHAS a must-have in your summer footwear collection.


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Courtesy of Marc Fisher LTD.

Faren Kitten Heel Flip-Flops

You can’t deny how timeless these Faren Kitten Heel Flip-Flops are. The low heel means that your feet won’t ache after hours of wear!


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Courtesy of Mango.

Sandals With Braided Heel Design

Mango knows how to make a good sandal. This pair of white sandals has a braided design across the front that screams summer.


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