We wanted to know what footwear to expect in the approaching warmer months. Who better to tap than Vouge.com and the brilliant MADELINE FASS, who has queued us in on many upcoming Spring and Summer fashions? These are the sandals she thinks (as do we) you’ll be kicking around in when it’s time.
Whether you’re headed on a summer getaway or Paris Fashion Week, you’re going to need to pack the perfect sandal. Be it a heeled, lace-up number for a night out, a minimal slide for strolling around the city, a beach ready flip-flop, or even an office-appropriate kitten heel, the best summer sandals are suited for just about every occasion. Take your springtime cues from Paris, where flossy straps and stacked platform sandals roamed the streets of Fashion Week, and Copenhagen, where street style stars dressed like fashionable tourists exploring the city in Teva-inspired silhouettes.
In the end, we scoured the streets of four major cities to present the seven trends and 42 pairs of sandals you really, truly, absolutely need this summer. Happy shopping!
Cha Cha Slide
Once again, a flat slide sandal is the hero shoe of the warm weather season. It’s simple, stylish, comfortable, easily packable—throw them in your bag for the commute or wear them all day!—and they go with everything. With plenty of variety in color and detailing, these sandals can be the star of your wardrobe.
Tourist, But Make it Fashion
The go-to tourist shoe is having a major fashion moment. From classic leather Teva’s to new takes on the shape in luxe leather and or printed cotton, the gorpcore-inspired shoe is just the ugly-cool thing to dress down a pair of high-waisted trousers or a casual maxi dress.
Close to the Wedge
Sky-high wedges are great, but probably not the best shoe for walking around all day. Enter the micro wedge. With a heel height of just a few inches and not a platform in sight, these delightful shoes are more stable and comfortable than your average heeled sandal but don’t miss the mark on being chic.
Add a few extra inches to the soles of your flat sandals, and voila! You have the perfect platform sandal. From strappy to stripey, wood to woven, these pumped-up kicks will take you to new heights this season.
Last summer, the basic rubber flip flop made a unexpected comeback among the street style set. This season however, the casual thong gets a majorly elevated update. From strong heel shapes and bold colors to new textures, it’s time to give the silhouette of the past a second chance.
These might not be the most practical shoe in comparison, but boy, the barely there sandals look so divine. Straps that barely there? We’ll take one of each!
Good as New ’90s Heels
Find yourself trolling for vintage kitten heel mules on eBay, Etsy or The Real Real? Us too. The good news is that brands like Gianvito Rossi and Giuseppe Zanotti are making ’90s shapes that are way easier to source. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for spaghetti-strap tanks and flannels, too.