Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

Lindsey Lanquist
Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe
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When one conjures up imagery of summer heels, those visions are typically full of vibrant colors, bold prints and other maximalist fantasies. But the truth of summer heels is far more diverse—minimalist necessities are as abundant as these statement-making show-stoppers. And when you give it a moment of thought, this makes immense sense: How many of us wear head-turning stilettos on the daily, and how many of us opt for tried-and-true black block heels, instead?

Minimalists may feel excluded from this summer’s sartorial selections; now that camp is the new black, kitschy-cute options are on offer en masse, overwhelming some of the evergreen investment pieces that have also found themselves on summer shelves. Why buy classic silver hoops when you could stock up on shell-adorned drop earrings, or colorful friendship bracelets, or necklaces rendered in patterned resins? The same rings true for footwear; why expand your minimalist summer heels collection when you could, instead, play dress-up with all the colors, textures and structures on offer?

The answer, of course, lies in one timeless industry adage: “Fashions fade—style is eternal.” Buy as many pairs of maximalist summer heels as you like; you’ll still find yourself whipping out your go-to minimalist shoes with far more regularity. Because they’re versatile, they’re comfortable, they go with everything—and you’ll still be wearing them years from now, when all of us have forgotten about Vogue‘s flamingo-adorned Met Gala and our collective obsession with ironic aughts clothing. Minimalist summer heels are a no-fail purchase no matter who you are, what year it is and which trends are looming large; they’ll carry you anywhere you want to go this summer, and they’ll do so in style.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

1. Amanda Mule Sandal, $39 at Urban Outfitters

For the shopper who loves summer slides so much she wants a pair for every occasion.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

2. Schutz Honey Beige Heels, $127 at Farfetch

Kitten heels hit the zeitgeist hard last year, and they’re still going strong this summer.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

3. Jackson Mid Mule, $120 at Topshop

Sure to play as well with your favorite office look as they will with your go-to tee-and-jeans combo.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

4. Heeled Woven Sandals, $89.90 at Zara

Because your resort wardrobe deserves its own pair of minimalist summer heels—don’t you think?

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

5. Nettle Strap Slingback, $100 at Topshop

Fit for the maximalist doing minimalism. (Or the minimalist doing maximalism.)

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

6. Wide-Heeled Woven Sandals, $59.90 at Zara

A classic, rendered in a very summer-friendly textile.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

7. Swedish Has-Beens Slip-In Classic Clog, $239 at Urban Outfitters

Chunkier than your average minimalist shoe, but still neutral enough to go with anything.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

8. Bellevue Mule, $128 at Free People

For the person who loves tortoiseshell so much they prayed it would extend into footwear. (It has.)

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

9. June Slingback Heels, $120 at Topshop

Minimalist slingbacks with just enough detail to keep things interesting.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

10. Vegan Around Town Block Heel, $138 at Free People

A go-to going-out shoe for the fan of all-black-everything.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

11. A Low It Flare Block Heel Sandals, $30 at Nasty Gal

Fit for wedding season and day-to-day wear, alike.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

12. Jezebel V-Cut Mules, $115 at Topshop

As fit for your 9-to-5 as they are for the weekend.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

13. Frayed Knotted Heeled Mules, $59.90 at Zara

Wear them to the beach, the office, the backyard barbecue—and more.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

14. Downtown Crocodile Effect Two-Part Mules, $48 at Topshop

Because “minimalist” and “textured” don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

15. Egrey Lace-Up Detail Linen Pumps, $254 at Farfetch

Dynamic while remaining understated—the minimalist shopper’s sweet spot.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

16. Howdie Western Boots, $170 at Topshop

Summer booties are very much a thing, and this neutral pair offers an accessible way in.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

17. High Heeled Vinyl Sandals, $69.90 at Zara

I mean, what’s more minimal than near-invisible footwear?

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

18. Sofia Knotted Kitten Heel, $49 at Urban Outfitters

Semiformal (and comfy!) enough to get you through any event on your calendar.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

19. Montauk Heel, $90 at Free People

Because minimalism doesn’t preclude edginess.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

20. Babe Boots, $65 at Topshop

Mod and minimalist.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

21. Alexa Strappy Sandal, $49 at Urban Outfitters

Delicate—and sure to play well with anything in your closet.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

22. Dolly Tan Buckle Sandals, $52 at Topshop

Because brown block heels are chronically underrated.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

23. Slingback Kitten Heel Shoes, $39.90 at Zara

The classic office-appropriate (but veritably comfy) slingback.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

24. Walk the Line Clog, $178 at Free People

For the versatility-craving minimalist who loves a chunky shoe.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

25. Rosie Ruffle Heel, $128 at Free People

A way into 2019’s ruffle trend that feels far from over-the-top.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

26. Snake Print Stiletto Heels, $28 at Nasty Gal

A pop of snake print is honestly more understated than a pop of vibrant, solid color.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

27. Seychelles Calming Influence Platform Sandal, $119 at Urban Outfitters

Chunky, comfy and sure to go with everything you own.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

28. Lisa Says Gah Lou Woven Mule, $260 at Urban Outfitters

Just enough of a heel to qualify as a pair of summer heels.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

29. Living the Dream Heel, $128 at Free People

Dainty edginess is an absolute look.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

30. Methacrylate Heel Mules, $29.99 at Zara

About as maximalist as minimalist summer heels get.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

31. Game Pointed Court Shoes, $80 at Topshop

A pump you’ll still be wearing decades from now.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

32. Dolly Buckle Sandals, $52 at Topshop

A no-fail addition to any summer wardrobe—even those absent any white.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

33. Amanda Woven Mule Sandal, $49 at Urban Outfitters

Sure to elevate your look—in more ways than one.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

34. Leather Strap Methacrylate Kitten Heels, $59.90 at Zara

Structural play, the minimalist way.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

35. Animal Print Heeled Leather Ankle Boots, $89.99 at Zara

An ankle boot so minimalist it’s season-agnostic.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

36. Jackie Cutout Sandal, $49 at Urban Outfitters

Slip-on heels are semiformal comfort, epitomized.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

37. Babe Block Heel Boots, $24 at Topshop

Fit for summer and winter, alike.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

38. Raid Katy Block Heel Shoes, $48 at ASOS

Perfect for wedding season, parties or days when you just want to feel a little fancy.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

39. Schutz Spherical Mules, $175 at Anthropologie

A distinctly minimalist take on the structural heel.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

40. Garden High Shoes, $80 at Topshop

The perfect pop of show-stopping style for the shopper who prefers a monochromatic palette.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

41. Midnight Hour Heel, $115 at Free People

More invisible footwear, because the Cinderella shoe has been rendered contemporary many times over.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

42. Rashida Heeled Sandals, $100 at Topshop

A cross between your average summer heel and your average summer ankle boot.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

43. Raid Square-Toe Heel Sandal, $40 at ASOS

An evergreen necessity you’ll be glad to have on hand.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

44. Huma Blanco Elaine Leather Mules, $310 at Anthropologie

A work shoe that feels on-trend without skewing too temporary.

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45. Lilly Block Heel Sandal, $119 at Free People

The fact that we’ve labeled these “minimalist” should signal to you just how maximalist the maximalist summer heels are.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

46. Ganni Black Sabine Suede Pumps, $219 at Farfetch

One little bow can go a long, long way.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

47. Snake an Impression Faux Leather Sandals, $30 at Nasty Gal

The cherry on top of any summer ensemble you craft.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

48. Jumbo Slingback Court Shoe, $115 at Topshop

Minimalist without sacrificing any chic, surprising edge.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

49. Ribbon T-Bar Sandals, $80 at Topshop

Wedding season beckons.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

50. Ava Platform, $128 at Free People

Add inches without sacrificing your neutral palette.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

51. Emersyn Mule, $120 at Free People

More slippers, please.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

52. Knotted Crochet Mule Sandal, $59 at Urban Outfitters

Aughts-inspired minimalism (because, surprisingly enough, this intersection does exist).

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

53. Darla Tortoiseshell Strap Mules, $48 at Topshop

A touch more interesting than your go-to strappy mule.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

54. Southern Charm Clog, $128 at Free People

A maximalist silhouette, rendered in a minimalist palette.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

55. Block Heel High Heels, $29.90 at Zara

Arguably more understated than your average snake print.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

56. Danni Buckle Shoe Boots, $52 at Topshop

For the person who can’t stand to part with their black ankle boots just yet.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

57. Tortoiseshell Wide-Heeled Sandals, $59.90 at Zara

The tortoiseshell shoe movement is real.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

58. Unisa Teruel Pumps, $154 at Farfetch

A work heel you’ll be looking for excuses to wear outside the office.

STYLECASTER | Minimalist Summer Heels Sure to Play Well with Your Entire Wardrobe

59. Alana Wood and Leather Sandal, $69 at Urban Outfitters

A going-out heel fit for even the most minimalist of weekend wardrobes.

 

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