Hot weather calls for summer sandals and there has never before been so many styles to choose from.
Luxury NY label The Row are rewriting the rule book when it comes to one of the biggest summer shoe trends of the season – their flip flop and caged styles have become unexpected hits and copied by just about every high street store out there. We love them with fluid tailoring or summer denim.
For something a little more glam, Bottega’s twisted raffia slides and quilted flats are a comfier, more practical version of their iconic heels. Again, look to brands such as M&S, Zara and Stories for more affordable options.
Scroll on to see which eight flat summer sandal styles are having a moment right now…
The Barely-There Sandal
Barely-there sandals are an elegant option when it comes to comfy, summer footwear and there are plenty to choose from this season. Plus, their pared down aesthetic means they pretty much go with everything.
We love M&S’s classic black style paired with roomy maxi dresses or linen shorts. Or, for a more contemporary feel, & Other Stories’s square-toe pair are smart enough to match with summer tailoring.
Pair barely-there sandals with everything from cropped denim to summer tailoring.
The Classic Slide
From Mango’s leafy green suede sandals to Castana’s rustic espadrille-style, everyone needs a classic slide in their shoe collection for warm weather days when you just want to throw a pair on.
The Double Buckle
For footwear that errs on the side of nomcore, it’s got to be a pair of double buckle sandals. Super comfy, good for your feet and the ability to go with everything, from shorts and a shirt to cami dresses, they will pare back all your summer looks. Birkenstock are the obvious choice, but the high street have plenty of inspired styles to try too.
The Caged Fisherman Sandal
Bear with us here: these may look like they’re plucked straight from a 1970’s fisherman’s wardrobe, but thanks to luxe brands like Prada and The Row the caged sandal is having a moment. Look to Zara, M&S and Teva for more affordable options and wear with cut-off denim shorts and a Breton this summer.
The Flip Flop
The Row are known for taking something pretty mundane and making it undeniably cool. This season that’s the understated flip flop, and while the Mary-Kate and Ashley-founded brand charge an eye-watering £700+ for theirs, you can find many an iteration on the high street and mid-range brands – namely M&S and Ancient Greek Sandals. Pair with relaxed summer tailoring.
The Row have taken the humble flip flop and made it undeniably cool. Naturally, the high street have followed suit at a far more manageable price point.
The Sports Sandal
These trekking style sandals have become one of the most unexpected shoe trends of the last few years. French brand Arizona Love are leading the way with their elevated options that come embellished with pearls, are kitted out in velvet or wrapped in vintage bandanas.
The Raffia Sandal
From simple rope sandals to classic espadrille styles and the iconic Bottega woven slides, raffia sandals are everywhere this season.
The Quilted Sandal
From Bottega’s debossed slides to Proenza’s cloud-like sandals, these go-with-everything shoes are everywhere right now. The perfect option for warm weather days and essential poolside if you’re off on holiday.