Summer sandal trends
Shapes: Cage sandals
It's sandal season and time to expose those toes. Bare is beautiful, so plan that pedicure and get your feet into something strappy and sultry. Whether they are high-heeled or sweet and low, we've gathered the best reasons to bare your soles. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing | Cage sandals
Think of the cage sandal as the sexier cousin of the equally trend-hot gladiator. While the latter sandal is typically a flat shoe, cage styles are often perched on sky-high stilettos or perhaps a slender platform. These sandals wield a take-no-prisoners strut and are a knockout summer shoe statement.
Shapes: Dressy slide sandals
Bing | Dressy slide sandals
A sandal with a bit more sophistication than most, the dressy slide adds polish to any summer ensemble. But even the most proper pair provides necessary bareness: Ankles and toes are on full and free display, and there typically are no buckles to fasten or thong posts to annoy.
Shapes: Block heel sandals
Bing | Block heel sandals
The trend-masters have been merciful: The hottest heel shape of the summer offers height without fright. Stow the stilettos and rock a pair of these chunky ones to boost your style cred. Platform soles help balance a high block heel, but mid-height block sandals are hippest with sleek single soles.
Shapes: Ankle strap sandals
Bing | Ankle strap sandals
Seems like every season sandals get strappier, so it’s no surprise the wrap party has reached our ankles. It’s a trend with legs, too: You’ll see ankle straps of all widths, from delicate strands to wide, cufflike shapes. They grace trendy sandal styles from svelte flats to big, bodacious wedges.
Shapes: Kitten heel sandals
Bing | Kitten heel sandals
We love the vintage vibe of this sandal style, and the name fits: There’s a playful, feline femininity about a bare sandal finished with this demure heel height. You’ll easily find the classic slide sandal upper, but fresh takes on gladiator strapping and sling-back sandals also abound.
Shades: Metallic sandals
Bing | Metallic sandals
The golden gleam of a hot sun, a balmy evening’s silvery moon, a bronzed beach babe: Metallic-dipped sandals seem to get their gleaming glamour directly from the summer. This gilded finish is a mainstay of the season, so what’s the latest trend tweak? The flashiest mirror metallics you can step into.
Shades: Red sandals
Bing | Red sandals
Stylistas traditionally wait until fall to break out the crimson, but this year red is adding drama to our laid-back summer wardrobes. And while it’s dazzling on long dresses and dyed jeans, your scarlet statement is easier – and more versatile – when it pops on a pair of killer summer sandals.
Shades: Color-blocked sandals
Bing | Color-blocked sandals
Can’t decide on a fave color for your next pair of sassy summer sandals? Why not compromise – chic-wise – and choose chunky platforms, tall wedges or effortless flat sandals in multiple tints. Use these eye-catching beauties to anchor trend-right white ensembles or to lend punch to warm weather neutrals.
Shades: Pastel sandals
Bing | Pastel sandals
Walk softly, sister, in shoes shaded in unabashedly feminine fashion. Chalky tints such as mint, aqua and peach are ladylike gracing wedges with wide, suede bands, or kicky fun on a pair of jelly flip-flops. Not as loud as neon and fresher than primary colors, pastels may just be the hues to use.
Shades: Neutral sandals
Bing | Neutral sandals
It seems every season offers a relaxed crop of neutrals alongside the harvest of edgy, loud power colors, and this summer is no exception. Down to earthy choices – tan, sand, camel, beige, brown – lend a laid-back, boho vibe to anything you wear them with. Choose a patent finish for subtle flash.