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Summer is exciting for a handful of reasons—chiefly that we’re all allowed to bare our feet to the world for the first time since, like, September. Sure, consistent high temperatures and sunshine-filled days are great. But have you ever tried getting a pedicure, busting out a fresh pair of summer sandals, and giving your toes their first glimpse of the world in literal months? Few things feel quite as intoxicating as releasing my feet from the cavernous boots they’ve been trapped in for what feels like forever. (No one else? Just me? OK.)
Me waxing poetic about the undeniable pleasures of open-toed shoe season aside, summer sandals are here. And they’re abundant. And they’re cute. The summer sandal landscape is vast and varied—as filled with ribbons and snakeskins as it is with jelly rubbers and woven rope. And even better: It’s practical. Summer sandals are an absolute necessity, so there’s little reason for buyer’s remorse.
Whether you’re looking for a comfy go-to gladiator for your next vacation, or an edgier option that’s as fit for festival season as it is for your next night out, you’re sure to find it. There’s a veritable plethora of adorable summer sandals just waiting to join your footwear rotation—and I’ve given you every excuse to shop them. So go forth, and fill your life with open-toed shoe bliss. You—and your toes—deserve it.
A neutral go-to with all kinds of colorful appeal.
So structurally fun you might catch yourself staring at your feet all day long.
Delightfully minimalist—and sure to play well with any ensemble you throw together.
A classic silhouette, rendered in a charmingly out-of-the-box color.
Tie-dye, done the summer sandal way.
Your favorite go-to gladiators got a seriously edgy upgrade.
Add inches without sacrificing comfort.
Because it doesn’t have to be strappy to be a sandal.
Purple is an endlessly underrated summer shade, and these sandals just want to rectify that.
Adorned with the shoe equivalent of polka dots.
Your favorite bandana, rendered in genuinely wearable shoe form.
Because the shell accessory trend has extended far beyond jewelry.
Sandals the fan of flats can surely get behind.
Proof that shoes can make a statement without being totally bulky.
The platform sandal trend is here to render us all a little taller, a little chicer and comfortable AF.
A new way to get your summer animal print on.
Basically a mule. But hey, Farfetch filed it under “sandal”—and so will I.
A decidedly anything-but-average flip-flop. (Seriously, are those inflatable?)
All the fun of a strappy sandal. None of the hassle of all those buckles.
Zara just gave you an excuse to wear feather-adorned sandals. Take advantage.
The perfect (cute!) walking shoe for your next vacation.
Rhinestone-embellished anything gets an emphatic yes from me.
Honestly, the kind of shoe an infant might wear at the pool. But babies are cute, so maybe we should be taking style cues from them.
Just asymmetrical enough.
Slip-ons that won’t go flying off the moment your feet get sweaty.
Snakeskin, studs and all kinds of shiny metallics. If this isn’t a statement sandal, I don’t know what is.
A classic with enough of an embellished twist to feel fresh.
Let’s call these beauties what they are: glorified cheetah print flip-flops.
Simultaneously retro and futuristic—I’m into the juxtaposition.
Who said your love of pearls had to be exclusively reserved for jewelry?
A fresh take on florals.
More studs. They’re happening, guys.
Tie-dye, done the strappy sandal way.
For the person who can’t choose between aqua and pink and lavender and fuchsia.
Unlike any sandal I’ve ever seen before. But hey—they look comfy AF.
Two kinds of stripes—one wedge.
A distinctly Dr. Marten approach to summer sandals.
If buying these jelly sandals in every single shade is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
The perfect comfy complement to any outfit you’ve thrown together.
More shell shoes, please.
A maximalist-chic take on the enduring mules trend.
So noughts. So fun. So delightful.
Perfect for nights when you want the dressiness of a heel—and the comfort of a flat.
Sure to play well with anything in your closet.
Because dresses aren’t the only way to do florals.
Equal parts edgy and comfortable—a killer combo if I’ve ever seen one.
Weird as hell, but I’m honestly kind of into it.
For the shopper who prefers their go-to versatile sandals with a side of trendy appeal.
Flatforms are here to save us all from the perils of uncomfortable heels.
It was only a matter of time before tie-dye pervaded the shoe sphere, too.
Versatile sandals your favorite minimalist is sure to love.
I’ve never heard of boot sandals before, but they sure look cool.
Wedding season beckons.
These slides look as plush and inviting as a brand new leather couch.
Add inches without sacrificing comfort—because you can.
Not at all ashamed to admit I’m a jelly sandal gurl now.
Low-key in style, vibrant in palette.
I mean. They’re bedazzled jelly sandals. Need I really say more?
Simultaneously dainty and edgy—an odd couple I’m definitely here for.
Equal parts chunky and comfy—I’m sold.
A sandal for the shopper who’s pretty attached to flats.
A going-out shoe sure to keep you comfier than a heel would.
A dressier take on the sporty slide.
An oh-so noughts-y take on the classic wedge.
A statement shoe that feels anything but over-the-top.
Sure to play as well with your favorite overalls as it will with your go-to sundress.
I mean, when life hands you an opportunity to wear feathers everywhere, you take it.
Slides that don’t feel terribly athleisure-y.
A little clog, a little sandal—a lot of cute.
Because orange is a chronically underrated summer shade—and these sandals just want to rectify that.
So fun to look at you might catch yourself staring at your feet all day.
Hell yes jelly sandals are available in braided iterations.
Never underestimate the power of a good espadrille.
Sleek, comfy and fit for any setting—dressy or casual.
Because if you’re going to wear flip-flops, you might as well make them as ironic as possible.
Proof a little pink detailing goes a long way.
Cinderella’s glass slipper—rendered for the modern age.
Why shouldn’t the shell accessory trend extend to footwear, too?
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A version of this article was originally published in June 2017. Updated July 2019.