I am the kind of person who loves Summer! And all year long I wait patiently for the day when I can put on a pair of sandals or flip flops, and never take them off! Well that time of year is finally here, and there are some amazing sandals available online right now! The fashion trends have been all over the place so far, with everything from retro 90s crop tops and jean skirts to prairie skirts and delicate lace tops. Off the shoulder, perforated, denim, ruffles…all things that are super trendy right now. All you need are the right shoes to wear with your look!
Here are my top 5 sandal picks for this Summer:
A quality wedge sandal is perfect for so many occasions, I don’t even know where to begin. Wedges are amazing on so many levels: first, they are heels, so you get the height and the silhouette, but they are much easier and more comfortable to walk in than heels. Second, they look great with any kind of outfit, any cut of trousers or dress. Third, they are super trendy! I spotted a Casual Attitude wedge sandal called Bengaliono in two tone black and brown leather with and ankle strap and a white rubber sole for style and traction! The white sole is the little detail of the season! Pikolinos brand also has some really nice wedge sandals out in their new collection, like the Bali model, also with a white sole.
Birkenstocks were all the rage in the late 90s, and often seen on tie-dye wearing college students, aging academics, and the occasional German person. But Birks have made a comeback—Glamour UK magazine even said chunky sandals are in—just in time for the boho trend, and with some vibrant new colours and designs that are much more feminine and flattering than their ancestors. But the real feature of the brand is comfort, and that hasn’t changed a bit! The Mayari model is by far my favourite of the Birkenstock’s new sandal designs, with thin leather straps crossing over the foot and keeping the shoes in place. The Mayari is available in colours you would never suspect from Birkenstocks: fuschia, white and silver! Of course you can still get the earthy tones that the brand are known for, just with a slightly less clunky feel, and the same awesome ergonomic insole.
Flip flop sandals are an old standby for many of us, including me. As soon as the warm weather hits, I’ve got my Reefs on and am walking out the door! Flip flops are great because they are so easy to slip off! If you get some good ones, like Reefs, they will be the most comfortable shoes in your closet (except maybe for the Birkenstocks). This season I really like the Gypsy Love model by Reefs, but Teva has some good looking sporty models too, like the Kayenta Suede—perfect for camping or hanging out in nature.
We all need a pair of summer sandals that can also double as a dress shoe. I know, I said that the wedges were perfect for any occasion, but sometimes we want a flat sandal that is also sophisticated and elegant. A dressy sandal like this is perfect for family occasions, graduations, and especially any kind of outdoor ceremony, because your feet won’t sink into the ground like they do with a pair of heels. Looking online I really fell in love with Clarks Ornate Jewel sandal, because it has a very low wedge, a metallic leather upper and an ankle strap—the perfect recipe for a great sandal for sure! They also have a totally flat sandal called Romantic, which I found to be just that. Also, have a look at the new collection by Gabor for something really classy.
The sandal boot is one of those shoes that when I first saw it, I thought to myself, now there’s a totally pointless pair of shoes. But with a bit more reflection, I now actually want a pair. And not just any pair: Airstep’s Lauper sandal boot . There is something about the sandal boot that is both feminine and tough. It’s a cross between a biker boot and a sandal. This can be good when you want to wear sandals, but the weather isn’t cooperating. Or when a pair of sandals are too dainty for your rock n roll outfit. Whatever it is, all I know is, they are hot, and you need them as badly as I do.
It’s hard to choose just five types of sandals and only a few brands from all the thousands that are available online. But if you want to feel great this summer and look great too, any of these will certainly help you have the best summer ever!