Flat sandals for every occasion—because who needs heels?
Slides on as quickly as flip-flops do, but packs way more polish.
"Nice" Sandal, $89.50, Joie, Piperlime.com
Neon's easy to find in the sand (or the pile of sandals by the pool.)
"Holly" Woven Slide Sandals, $85, Sol Sana, Shopbop.com
The extra lacing-up time may very well be worth it: that rope just feels so on-point for a glamorous beach day.
"Calcutta" Wrap Sandal, $68, Freepeople.com
The best barely-there flip-flop, so you can make your beach look about your sundress and printed bikini and not have any other distractions.
Thong Sandals, $14.99, LC Lauren Conrad, Kohls.com
They'll actually look better broken in by sun and saltwater.
Crisscross Boardwalk Sandals, $59.50, Madewell, Shopbop.com
Beach to dinner
If you're going from the beach to dinner, bring these. The plastic doesn't need any drying time, saving you from sitting in an air-conditioned restaurant with wet feet.
"Macadamia" Sandal, $42, Mel by Melissa, Zappos.com
Mules have a '90s minimalism vibe to them, and while they're still sandals, they feel like more of a substantial shoe and more appropriate for the office.
Leather Mule Sandals, $36.58, Asos.com
Same goes for these–and they have a pretty ankle tie detail.
Ankle Tie Sandal, $595, Maiyet, Barneys.com
These ones are like a work of art; nothing about them feels too casual. Pair them with a black shift dress and a black handbag and your outfit's done.
Flat Sandal, $375, B Brian Atwood, Bergdorfgoodman.com
On the more pared-down side, look for sandals that are made of fancier material, like these silky ones. They seem more formal than leather.
Silk Satin Ankle Strap Flat Sandals, $39.90, Zara.com