The sun’s out, the temperatures are starting to soar (well as much as they do in the UK), so it’s time to book yourself a pedicure and invest in some summer sandals.
What sandals are in style for Summer 2022?
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 ATP and STAUD for more affordable versions).
The maximalist amongst you will also love ‘ugly’ sandals (hello Chanel dad sandals), though they’ve been embellished for SS22 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 as we finally embrace getting dressed again, 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 my edit of the best summer sandals to buy now or regret it later. I’ve handpicked each of these styles from brands that I love, and taken everything into account such as the style, colour, quality and comfort factor. I’ve also included a range of high street and designer options, whatever your budget. For more information, make sure to check out our guide to how we test products.
M&S have given the classic flip-flop design an upgrade with this smart leather pair. The contemporary flatform sole features gentle padding for comfort, and the shoe is finished with contrast stitching and a modern square toe.
Arizona Love sandals have been seen on multiple celebrities, and it's not hard to see why. They're set on super comfortable foam platform soles and have hiking-inspired straps wrapped in eye-catching leopard-print gauze. The Velcro® fastenings ensure they fit perfectly.
For a pop of colour, I'm loving these pink sandals from Mango. They are made from 100% leather, with a stylish square toe and a funnel heel.
Bottega Veneta's green sandals are made from smooth knotted leather that delicately lace up at the ankle for a refined finish.
Styled with a chunky woven crossover and a square-shaped toe, these slides are made of soft leather and feature a light-padded insole for extra comfort.
These shoes give me major 90s vibes and I love it. Crafted from smooth leather with a soft velvety finish, these rich purple-hued platform sandals feature crossover straps with toe thongs for support. The adjustable ankle straps fasten with a shiny silver buckle.
& Other Stories are also taking it back to the 90s with these squared-toe terry flatform sandals. The slide-on finish makes them super easy to wear.
Chloe sandals are an absolute classic. This style is made from overlapping layers of canvas that's printed with the brand's moniker and outlined with colorful stitching. They rest on slight heels and have chic square toes. Slip them on with everything.
It wouldn't be summer without a pair of Birkenstocks, and I love switching my classic pairs up for a bold print now and again. The Arizona Two Strap sandal comes with an adjustable strap and boasts a synthetic upper, set upon a rubber sole for maximum grip. The comfiest sandals I own by far.
Athletic slides are everywhere right now, and these H&M sandals are a perfect way to indulge.
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.
A pair of sandals from The Row have been on my wish list for a while now. This style is shaped to a robust caged construction that's modelled on traditional fisherman shoes. They're crafted from grained leather with an adjustable ankle strap, then set on a cushioned insole and a lightweight rubber sole.
The 'Eve' sandals are an everyday pair of slip-on flats accented with criss-cross puffy straps in neutral ivory leather.
Gucci's 'Plastique' mules are a glamorous take on jelly sandals. Made in Italy from clear rubber embossed with the house's emblem, they have squared-off toes and are set on block heels.
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.