Now that beauty salons are finally open, it’s time to book yourself a pedicure, because this season’s summer sandals are epic, and your feet need to be worthy of them.
I’ve broken down the best summer shoe trends for you, as well as the coolest styles to add to your wardrobe now.
Summer shoe trends
There is a style to suit everyone, 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 Saint Laurent and Amina Muaddi for these), updated slightly for the new season with a square toe.
Platform thongs are also a must for SS21, a continuation of the success of The Row’s Ginza sandals, which have been reissued in both black and white (I love ATP and STAUD for more affordable versions). Ugly trekking sandals are also a great option.
The maximalist amongst you will also love the feel-good pieces, dubbed thus thanks to extravagant embellishments such as rhinestones, beads and pearls as well as joy-inducing shades from pastels to neons.
Flat summer sandals
The pandemic has 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.
Summer sandals with heels
This summer’s summer sandal offering is simply heaven for the stiletto-averse. There are wedge mules and espadrilles, fun kitten heels (look to By Far or Neous for this), and if you’re feeling extra fanciful, metallic and crystal-embellished heels are where it’s at.
Scroll down to shop our edit of the best summer sandals to buy now.
Introducing the most iconic footwear collab of the summer: Birkenstock x Jil Sander. The unisex styles blend the sense of luxury, comfort, and design of Jil Sander with the authentic Birkenstock silhouette. Shop them before they sell out.
Made from smooth leather, these modern strappy sandals feature a square toe, looped leather detailing and a slightly padded insole for long-lasting comfort.
These brown Chloé Woody 40 logo wedge sandals are crafted in Spain. Set on an espadrille wedge that’s balanced by a 40 mm platform, they feature an open toe, topstitch detail, white canvas straps with black logo lettering, and a logo patch on the insole.
If you're colour-averse, this is a subtle way to add a pop to your outfit.
Marni's signature Fussbett sandals have been reworked in time for the sunshine in this versatile khaki-green hue. Crafted in Italy from smooth leather in a sturdy slingback profile style yours with everything from floaty midi dresses to denim.
An affordable style if you're into the platform thong sandals trend.
This playful style is perfect for pairing with everything from dresses to denim. Crafted from vibrant floral fabrics, set on a ridged platform sole and topped with embellished flowers. Style yours with tailoring this summer.
Crafted in Italy, these mules feature a leather-covered wedge with a thong upper and a square-shaped toe. The supple leather used has undergone a metal free tanning process.
You'll struggle to find a fashion editor or influencer who doesn't own a pair of Arizona Love's cult 'Trekky' sandals. Handmade from durable canvas, this 'Chic' style is set on comfortable platform soles and decorated with flower-like clusters of faux pearls at the Velcro®-fastening straps.
This is one of the cult Parisian label's most popular styles and we can see why. The leather twist stops them from looking too casual.
These pink Bottega Veneta Stretch 90 leather sandals are crafted in Italy. They feature a square toe, a slim strap across the vamp and ankle with a draped gold tone chain and a 90 mm stiletto heel.
These easy-going tan slides will go effortlessly with anything from linen trousers to breezy dresses.
These made the top of every fashion editor's Wishlist when they first appeared on the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week, and they're already a bestseller.
This square toe flatforms use a super soft stuffed large leather tubular twisted together at the toe and includes an ankle strap in the same tubular.
Crafted in Italy from smooth leather this playful pair sit on an exaggerated sole adorned with herringbone topstitching. Perfect for pairing with everything from floaty midi dresses to denim.