In the winter, putting together an outfit often requires deciding on a pair of shoes first: Is it snowing? Raining? Do I have to layer two pairs of socks just to stave off frostbite? Do those luxury-brand booties even have treading?
But in the summer, it’s a little simpler: Throw on a sundress, pick a pair of slides, and get on with it. And sure, that’s a totally fine way to live your life—but what about all the mules and sneakers and tie-up sandals you’ve been dreaming of wearing since November? What about all the backless slip-ons you’ve been diligently bookmarking on Instagram for the last four-odd months? Heck, it’s time to show off your pedicure.
To celebrate the true arrival of warmer weather, we culled a couple dozen of the best summer shoes to stock up on—because before you know it, it’ll be boot weather once again.
A version of this article was originally published in May 2017.
The 27 Best Summer Shoes | @stylecaster
Chamula Classic Uxmal Huarache Sandals, $81; at Madewell
Forever 21 Faux Suede Block Heels, $25; at Forever 21
Vans Old Skool Sneakers, $60; at Vans
By Far Double Grid in Nude, $425; at By Far
COS Braided Slip-On Shoes, $125; at COS
Miista Valerie Black Moire Sandals, $90; at Miista
Reebok Club C 85 Sneakers, $70; at Reebok
Rafa The Simple Sandal, $300; at Rafa
Zara Slides with Fringe, $49.90; at Zara
Everlane The Pointed Slide, $102; at Everlane
Woman by Common Projects Cross Sandal, $442; at The Dreslyn
Jeffrey Campbell Beth Point Toe Slingback Pumps, $135; at Shopbop
Zara Flat Natural Sandals, $45.90; at Zara
The Noelle Slingback Sandal in Velvet, $98; at Madewell
Vanessa Wu Metallic Colorblock Heeled Sandals, $128; at Anthropologie