Warmer days are here, meaning now is the perfect time to invest in a pair of summer sandals. Luckily, we've scoured the web to bring you the pairs worth investing in for the season ahead, straight from the experts on the Marie Claire fashion team. Interested? Just keep scrolling.
What sandals are in style for Summer 2023?
There is a style to suit everyone this season, from the maximalist to the minimalist. The latter will rejoice at the news that the naked sandal is still very much en vogue (look to Gianvito Rossi and Manolo Blahnik for these).
Carrying on from last season, platforms are still a must, and you just have to look at The Row's re-stock of the Ginza sandals, now in multiple colourways, to prove it (I love M&S or STAUD for more affordable versions).
The maximalist amongst you will also love 'ugly' sandals (hello Chanel dad sandals), though they were embellished for this summer with rhinestones and tie-dye prints - Arizona Love, I'm looking at you.
Easy slip-on sandals are a trend we can all get on board with. An extension of last summer's throw-on dress, it's what it says on the tin: a go-with-everything sandal that - while simple - works hard to pull your outfit together. Think paired-back slides or chunky tread-sole sandals.
Feminine heels were everywhere on the catwalk, and this season it's all about pastel shades, pops of colour and fun prints. More is absolutely more.
If you aren't keen on heels, fret not. The last few seasons have cemented the flat shoe as the shoe to live in. From logo slides (hi Chloé and Gucci) and monochrome mules (Proenza Schouler and Bottega Veneta) to barely-there straps (Porte & Paire and Aquazzura), this trend is anything but boring, though the comfort factor is undeniable.
The best summer sandals to buy now
Scroll down to start shopping our edit of the best summer sandals to buy now. We've handpicked each of these styles from brands that we love, and taken everything into account such as the style, colour, quality and comfort factor. We've also included a range of high street and designer options, to give you some guidance whatever your budget.
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Best summer slides:
These sleek minimalist slides are chic enough to pass for designer, yet just so happen to be available at a high-street price point.
Chloe sandals are an absolute classic. This style is made from overlapping layers of canvas that are printed with the brand's moniker. They rest on slight heels and have chic square toes. Slip them on with everything.
Stay smart and stylish this summer with Dune's Loupe sandal. Featuring a cut out design with contrast stitching and a low block heel. An open sandal toe and resin sole complete the striking shoe.
Step back to the 90's with these chunky platform slides. Available in blush and classic black, they're minimalist without compromising on fun.
If heels aren't your style but you still want a shoe that feels elegant, try these metallic sandals from Ancient Greek Sandals. The delicate silver and gold threads feel dressy while the flat sole will ensure you stay comfortable.
Best flat sandals:
Birkenstocks are always in style, but this pink iteration feels particularly perfect for this summer's Barbiecore trend.
Kendall Jenner was spotted in these sandals at Coachella, so you better believe they're about to be one of summer's most coveted footwear options.
Arizona Love sandals are a tried and tested classic, but with the addition of these pearl embellishments, the timeless shoe has been elevated to statement status.
The perfect go with everything slide, Isabel Marant's Lennyo sandals will work with everything from dresses to wide leg trousers. A true wardrobe staple.
Featuring a leather upper, contrasting wooden sole and chic gold detailing, these sandals look much more expensive than their £80 price tag.
Best heeled sandals:
The minimalist design of The Strappy Sandal is intentionally understated to create a timeless silhouette. They’re crafted in Italy from supple Italian leather and the barely-there straps elegantly frame the shape of your feet and elongate your legs.
A minimalist wear-everywhere sandal from Hush. These will go with everything you own and given the block heel, will likely also be on the comfier side of things.
Talk about a statement shoe! Featuring a bold fuchsia shade and chain embellishment over the top, this is a shoe that's sure to turn heads.
If you invest in one sandal style this season make it a platform pair. This gold style from Boden are perfect worn with jeans and a nice top for an elevated evening look.
Inject some colour into your look with Aldo's strappy orange mules. Or, if colour isn't your style, they also come in nude and classic black too.