19 Summer Sandals For Every Style and Budget
Weather permitting, we'd wear sandals all year round. They're comfortable and cute, and they always manage to make any outfit look effortlessly cool. With the temperatures soaring, now feels like the perfect time to break out your most comfortable flats and flip-flops; maybe even show off that cute new pedicure, too. Whether you're anticipating a busy summer (wedding season is upon us, after all) or simply tired of wearing the same slippers constantly, we've rounded up a few of our favorite women's sandals ahead — with editor-approved pairs from brands like Birkenstock, Dolce Vita, Dr. Martens, Amazon, Havaianas, and more.
There are so many different types of sandals to shop online, but right now, we're loving neutral shades with fun straps and embellishments. Plus, a little pop of color never hurts — these vibrant sandals from Franco Sarto are currently high on our shopping wish list (can you blame us?). From breezy slide sandals to more formal styles like chunky platforms and wedge sandals, the options are truly endless. Keep reading to see our picks for the best sandals for women — you'll be slipping into your new favorite summer shoes sooner than you think.
— Additional reporting by India Yaffe
You'll be able to enjoy any summer adventures in style with these flip-flops in tow. With a $5 price tag, you don't have to worry about getting these shoes dirty or scratched up, since that's basically what they're designed for. We'd slip these flip-flops on for a lake day, backyard barbecue, or even an afternoon walk.
Best Faux-Leather Sandals
These open-toed sandals are the type of shoe that you can wear to the beach, brunch, and beyond; what more could you want from a shoe? The bestselling style is made all the more unique with its criss-cross strap design, and one POPSUGAR editor raved about the shoe's cloud-like softness in this Old Navy Criss-Cross Faux-Leather Sandals review.
Best Low Heel Sandals
Don't mind us, just adding this cross strap sandal to our digital shopping cart ASAP. The satin-wrapped style is available to shop in a variety of colors, and we love that it looks much more expensive than it actually is. Need further convincing that this is the formal sandal to have on hand during the spring wedding season? Read one editor's review of Amazon's The Drop Sandal to learn more.
Best Backstrap Sandals
Reef Water Vista Sandal ($53-$60)
Style and functionality are seamlessly blended in the design of this Water Vista Sandal from reef. These trendy sandals boast a breezy, daytime flair that's so chic. Plus, with their backstrap design, they also won't slip off your foot — making them the most perfect travel shoe for days that require a lot of walking.
Best Flat Sandals
Keep it simple and sleek with these slip-on sandals. Havaianas has a reputation for creating some of the most comfortable sandals on the planet, and this gold-plated style is no different. The classic silhouette is fitted with a cushioned footbed and rubber sole that's cool and easy to keep clean.
Best Sandals For Walking
he perfect transitional shoe exists, and it comes in the form of this Dr. Martens Fisherman Sandal. These platform sandals are trending on TikTok right now thanks to the shoe's elevated design, supportive straps, and comfortable sole. One POPSUGAR editor even called them the "perfect travel shoe" in this Dr. Martens Blaire Platform Sandal review.
Best Block Heel Sandal
Nina Nagida Soft Platino-Dreamland Sandal ($52, originally $65)
Nina offers some of the most comfortable shoes on the market — especially when it comes to a lower sandal perfect for weddings and events, but all at once functional, versatile, and glamorous. With an adjustable ankle strap, cushioned sole, and classic almond toe shape, this silhouette won't let you down.
Best Trendy Sandals
If you need a great beach shoe, go with an elevated flip-flop. These Tkees Foundation Matte Flip Flops are the grown up version of the classic shape. They're super comfortable, and our editors have been wearing their own styles on repeat this season. Plus, if they get wet, you won't be stressed.
Best Heeled Sandals
Dolce Vita Noles Heels ($60, originally $100)
We can't get enough of tortoise-printed shoes this season, which is probably why we're so obsessed with the look of these colorful slip-on sandals from Dolce Vita. The heeled sandals have a basic slip-on design that's elevated by a block heel and deep, chocolate brown coloring.
Best Colorful Sandals
Franco Sarto Cruella Slide Sandal ($70-$99, originally $99)
Three major summer fashion trends come together in this sunny heeled sandal from Franco Sarto. The open-toed sandal is draped in a snakeskin, bright yellow print that's so fresh and on trend for the season. Plus, the shoe's cork heel completes the look with a pool-ready flair.
Best Beaded Sandals
Sam Edelman Scarlette Sandals ($75, originally $150)
If you're shopping for a new sandal, you can't go wrong with a black heel. Though it's tempting to grab a classic style, you'll have a little bit more fun sporting these glitzy heeled sandals from Sam Edelman. The beads add such a sophisticated touch to an otherwise playful shoe.
Best Grip Sandal
The Hurricane is Teva's best seller in the sandal category, offering a subtle boost of height you might not expect from a sporty, outdoor-appropriate shoe. Available in five different shades and gender-neutral, the style will become a go-to all summer long, whether it's a day for the beach or running errands.
Best Thong Sandals
Birkenstock Thong Sandal ($110)
Love 'em or hate 'em, thong sandals have come back in a big way this summer. Even if you're on the fence about embracing the shoe, there are still plenty of ways to tap into the trend without sacrificing on your own style — and this Birkenstock thong sandal proves it. The open-toed shoe boasts a cork-like sole that's cushiony and bound to keep your foot feeling supported on even the longest walking days.
Best Woven Sandal
Nisolo Huarache Sandal ($110, originally $138)
If you're looking for a shoe that's a bit more enclosed, a huarache is a great option and pairs well with shorts, pants, or a dress. Nisolo's version comes in seven different colorways, with two fun colorblock options available. The sustainable brand values craftsmanship above all else, so you won't find a shoe on the site that's uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.
Best Clear Sandals
Schutz Victorie Slide Sandal ($128)
These slide sandals have the perfect heel height that you can wear everywhere. Plus, the clear straps mean they can go with literally any outfit; we've worn them to countless weddings, and they not only look good with all kinds of dresses, they can also hold up on the dance floor.
Best Comfortable Sandals
The Birkenstocks are total keepers. The buckled style has been trending on and off again for the last few years. If you're looking for a more elevated look, with the same support of the classic shoe, these comfortable sandals are the ones worth buying. Plus, Birkenstocks are even an editor-favorite; read our review of the Birkenstock Arizona Shearling Slide Sandal to learn more.
Best Designer Sandals
Kate Spade Charmer Sandals ($250, originally $278)
For a style that's sure to turn heads in every room, opt for these Charmer Sandals from Kate Spade. The eccentric style might look like a traditional heeled sandal from the top, but the heel is actually made up of unique, circular pieces that are equal parts quirky and chic.
Best Wedge Sandals
Staud Billie Wedge ($275)
This Staud Billie Wedge is as classic as it gets. The sandal's not too high, and it comes in a bunch of colors — though we're partial to the brown (can you blame us?). It's got a comfortable heel that provides ample support, and also doubles as a great wedding shoe.
Best Slipper Sandals
If there ever was an eye-catching vacation shoe to update your wardrobe, it would be Andrea Iyamah's Pola slipper. Made of woven raffia, the pointy toe and fringe-like trim elevate any summer outfit and still feel breathable at the same time. The mustard shade is particularly trendy for this year, although the same silhouette is also available in a natural ivory tone.