Staycations, pools and the hot summer weather spell the perfect combination for sandal season. Although we love our beloved flip flops, it’s not sexy when you have a blister stuck between your toes and when you fear collecting more bacteria. Enter the sandal: sleek, simple and easy to slip on, these shoes can take you anywhere from the poolside to the restaurant.
Check out our top 12 picks:
Who knew that these marvellous metallic sandals are made out of vegan leather? With its reflective sheen and matte finish, step up the glamour at the poolside with this lowkey glamorous footwear. Extra sustainability points for you when your new faves don’t involve the killing of animals, too. Wear this with gold jewellery, a LWD and a big straw hat.
Laura Villasenin, the brainchild behind Miista and its diffusion line e8, knows what we are looking for: a tropical vacation in one shoe. Featuring seashells woven on jute straps, these slides feature a low blocked heel that will give you easy comfort as you walk around from beach to city. If you have smaller than average feet, this brand is best for you as their sizing runs true to size. Style yours with a bodysuit, animal print shoulder bag and 501s.
Make heads turn in these chic chain link Nappa leather strap slides. Featuring different tones of red and pink, Hermes never fails to miss the mark. Although it looks hard to match with most items in your closet, all you need to spice up a neutral-based outfit is a statement shoe. Pair this with a matching Hermes scarf (or a paisley scarf if you don’t have one), white oversized button down shirt and cutoff shorts.
Based in Northampton, UK, this cult brand is famous for its lethally cute heeled buckle caged sandals that have been the source of fashion’s most unexpected beef. Made with recyclable materials at its Northampton base, these glitter jellies feature adjustable straps that will give you the perfect balance between style and comfort. Made with a beautiful pearly orchid pink hue, fire up your inner Merlioness with a pair of small huggie hoops, pastel two piece skirt suit and socks for a ‘90s inspired outfit.
Rock ‘n roll gets a dose of summer style with these patent leather buckled grommeted slides from Japan’s number one cult brand. You can either pair it with black bike shorts, vintage band tee and a chain strap backpack on the day out in town or doll up at night with an LBD and printed scarf.
The women-owned Bulgarian shoe brand rebooted your beloved clogs of the ‘90s with a softly rounded square toe and lower platform. Make some noise with a pair of low rise boyfriend jeans, wraparound top, denim jacket and a chain strap bag.
Taking the reins with minimal maximalism, Daniel Lee never misses the mark to push the envelope to prove himself worthy of being Tomas Maier’s successor. Renowned for his signature pillowy silhouette, Lee’s cult sandal is bound to become a staple among the celebrity and influencer circuit this summer. Style it with a prairie dress and chain strap handbag for a nice family day out.
Sculptural square toe strappy wedges feel refreshingly modern with this pastel blue hue. Style it with a leopard print tee, patched jeans and a simple quilted handbag for a modern spin on Lizzie McGuire.
Multitone neutrals are dripping like honey with a delicate gold anklet below the strap. Elevated with a kitten heel, these sandals match best with an office-friendly shift dress and blazer for work. Otherwise, it styles beautifully with a flirty floral dress.
Twenty years ago, we were thinking back to the future with toe rings on our platform sandals. As a modern adaptation, these 2000s inspired sandals from Instagram’s favourite brand wraps one extra strap on our big toe while holding in our heels in place. Wear it with a printed kaftan for a Talitha Getty-inspired outfit to the beach club.
The chunky sandals you wore to your prom has gotten a 2020 reboot in zebra print. Featuring a stacked heel and thick criss cross straps, it marries style and function in these easy to walk 9 cm heels. Wear it with a blazer dress, studded bag and a chunky necklace for date night.
If you think that tie dye tees and sweatsuits are all the rage, expect the multi-coloured trend to arrive on your footwear. Made by Java-based artisans, who are comprised of widows and stay-at-home mums, these lambskin sandals are dyed organically. Style them with black high rise jeans, bandanna print top and rimless square sunglasses.