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The Top 6 Hottest Types Of Sandals For Summer

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Whether you want a kitten heel or a chunky sports style, find the best summer sandals that are trending this season.

With the closing of a rainy spring and the introduction of a warmer summer supposedly on its way, there are a few seasonal specialties we’d like to pause and show gratitude for whilst we can. Firstly the ability to make plans that solely consistent of being outside - just because we can. Second, the freedom to open up our windows, smell the fresh air, and give radiators a rest. And last but not least, finally packing all the coats, jumpers, and big boots to the back of the closet and bringing forward our summertime all-stars. While we’re busy doing research on how to up our fashion game for the upcoming months, we’ve taken the time to present our current analysis to you - and this year, from what we’ve seen in the city streets and the hottest style blogs, the top players of the season are sandals. High-end designers have not slacked for one minute with their line-up, serving up fresh toe-exposing creations that challenge the conception on how ‘the sandal’ is meant to look. To explore and celebrate the latest diversity in the sandal world, we’ve picked out the top 6 styles we’re seeing everywhere right now - and our favourite picks for each type. So get ready to slip on, strap up and easily elevate your look with some of these killer shoes.

Chunky Sport Sandals

Imagine a world where the velcro sandals your grandpa and grandma wore on the family vacation were in style: that is now the world we live in. To be honest, we’re thankful - form and function all in one comfortable package? What more can we ask? Indulge in the casual street-style look by pairing with camel cargo trousers and a crop tee, or add a sense of elegance with a satin midi skirt and button-up shirt.

Geometric Heels

Moving beyond blocks and stilettos, this experimental shoe style has given a new dimension to the humble mule. If you’re feeling especially avant-garde and adventurous this summer (as we all should), geometric sandals and unique heels are the look to go for. From cylinder elevations to stacked shape combinations, here are some of our favourite sandals that incorporate a variety of shape into their heel. 

Be There Or Be Square

Along with many other trend-gifts that keep on giving, we owe these candid sandals to the iconic style decade of the 90’s. Toes are getting squarer, straps skinnier and the heels more narrow than ever before. There’s something about the sharper edges that makes your look cleaner and more chic and we don’t know why. But it’s fine, we prefer wearing to wondering anyway. 

Wedge It In

While wedges took the backseat for a while, they’re back with a vengeance to pair perfectly with this summer’s linen sundress obsession. To fully immerse, get a pair of espadrille sandals that channel earthy tones and exude summer vibes through raffia and rope detailing. 

Be Glad-iator

While one or two straps will suffice for a minimalist look, we can’t deny that a series of straps on a sandal can really advance your footwear level to God tier - and not simply because you’re channeling the apparel of the Greek gods. Flat or heeled, gladiator strappy sandals have re-emerged after a brief hiatus, probably due to us trying to even out the fragmented tan lines we acquired from these shoes. No shade, we’re pleased to have them back. Who else can compliment a plain white shirt-dress the way these sandals do? 

Thong Kitten Heel

The buzz-words in the name of this shoe create no confusion about the intentionally flirty design of this sandal. A far cry from the ‘flip flop heel’ of the 90’s, this modern look thong sandal has been styled to look a little sexier, creating a nearly-barefoot look through minimalist sleek design. These sandals will look equally à la mode with a pair of cut off jeans as they will with a mini skirt.