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I’m not much of a heels person, but there’s something about summer that makes me want to kick off my go-to chunky sneaks and mules and slip my feet into something a little bit bolder and brighter. Summer heels are the stuff sartorial dreams are made of—the kind of thing we wear in our wildest fashion fantasies (and in our ideal Instagram feeds). What better way is there, then, to dress up a low-key graphic tee and jeans combo than to slide into a pair of on-trend kitten heeled sandals, or to don some vibrant mules, or even to try out some strappy and bright stunners?
Even I, a comfort-seeker who can be found wearing the same three outfits over and over again without fail, can’t ignore the inherent appeal of summer heels. I may be someone who has to make sure I know how and where I can wear something before buying it, but I’m no match at all for the sheer number of gorgeous summer heels available these days. Not to mention, since sensible shoes have made something of a comeback in recent years, the summer heels on offer are looking comfier and more reasonable than they have in a long, long time. (Cue block and kitten heels!) The summer heels landscape is our collective, proverbial oyster. All that’s left for us to do is shop it.
To get you started I rounded up 12 pairs of summer heels waiting to make all your most aesthetic and Instagram-worthy dreams come true. Whether it’s pumps that will send you soaring above everyone’s heads or kitten heels that give you just the right amount of height, you’re sure to find the perfect pair of heels below.
1. Square Heel Sandals
The green hue? Square-toe? Block heel? This pair of heels has all the summer 2020 trends in one—and I’m ready for it to be in my closet ASAP.
2. Aurora Floral Mules
Who could ever resist these floral heeled mules? Frankly, I’m all about a good statement shoe, and this pair is calling my name.
3. Oceana Heeled Sandal
ICYMI, strappy heels are in for 2020, and these STEVEN by Steve Madden beauties are the cutest way to test out the trend this summer. That subtle croc print is adorable, too!
4. Emily Mules
The skinny block heel is a lewk, folks. Added onto a gorgeous brown mule, and you’re set for any summer adventure thrown your way.
5. Good Spirits Heeled Clogs
If you had asked me a couple years ago if I’d ever wear a pair of heeled clogs, I’d probably laugh. But this cow print pair of clogs is honestly very cute. Consider my mind changed.
6. Penya Mules
OK, these crocheted stunners scream summer. Mules are often considered a fall shoe, but there’s no doubt that this all-white iteration is perfect for warm weather.
7. Jedda Slides
I truly cannot get enough of this gorgeous green hue this summer. The strappy details on these Sam Edelman heels just seal the deal. Adding these to my cart RN.
8. Arlo Sandals
If you’re looking for a strappy heel that’s a bit different from the rest, try this gorgeous pair from Matiko. The twist straps around the foot makes these seriously one of a kind.
9. Maribel Slides
No summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of pink heels, am I right? This pair from SCHUTZ is pretty classic, but the square toe makes it perfectly trendy for 2020.
10. Riku Heels
Color me obsessed with these gorgeous heels from BATU. The croc-embossed leather (in that stunning green!) and square toe put this pair at the top of my wishlist.
11. Maisy Slides
Grab a pair of cute white heels, and you can conquer the world—although your shoes might get a bit dirty. White heels are one of my favorite summer accessories, and I’m high-key into this simple pair.
12. Circa Slingback Pumps
Another big trend for 2020? The slingback heel. This light peach pair with a ridiculously cool wooden heel is a great way to elevate the classic style.
A version of this article was originally published in April 2019.
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