8 Sandal Trends So Good, You're Bound to Collect Them All by Summer's End

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There's nothing like stepping outside in a fresh, statement-worthy pair of sandals that instantly bring in the compliments — and allow your toes to breathe. Once the sun feels warm enough to grace our feet, let these be the very first things we shop for! This season, we're seeing more popular styles at retailers and on our Instagram feeds than ever before.

When it comes to collecting new pairs, you probably want to cater to all of your moods. There could be days you're feeling more minimalist and days when you'd rather reach for something kitschy — perhaps with prints or embellishments. We were sure to provide a little bit of both in the following categories, which include some old favorite silhouettes reinterpreted with 2021 attitude.

The T-strap is back and better than ever, and wrap-up stilettos no longer feel so yesterday when it comes to jazzing up your going-out looks. The must haves we assume you'll want to slip into first are the padded and puffed leather slides (some braided à la Bottega Veneta) that remind us of an elevated take on the old Floaties of yesteryear. Either jump ahead to the trend you know you want to shop, or scroll through each group and slowly fill up that cart.

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Puffed or Padded Leather
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Puffed or Padded Leather

Whether you want to go for the flashy version of this trend, opting for a stiletto with a standout, voluminous upper, or you'd like to slide right into the more elevated take on a flat Floatie (remember those?!), you're going to get noticed in this next-level style. It's perhaps the biggest conversation starter of the bunch. Shop our favorites ahead, and friendly tip, go for the faux or vegan leather!

The Frankie Shop Criss-Cross Knotted Leather Slides in Black ($175)

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Chain Link
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Chain Link

Chain links come as small or oversize embellishments this season, enmeshing with the overall vibe of the shoe or adding an element of surprise, the way a dainty anklet would. Heels, flats, and platforms are all getting the upgrade with chain link, whereas last season, we saw more braided details and woven appliqués. We welcome the edge with open arms!

Simmi London Tashina Chain Trim Mules in Pink Croc ($32)

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Wrap-Up
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Wrap-Up

Wrap-up sandals are back and allow you to play up the opulence on a night out in a stiletto version (perhaps with some added detail, like feathers or metallic shine) or keep it casual in a flat gladiator style. If you want something in between, you'll find plenty of wrap-up sandals on the market with a chunky wooden heel that will still give you a touch of height. Try these with a breezy summer minidress.

Brother Vellies Paloma Sandal ($685)

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Bright Mules
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Bright Mules

This season will have you panting to keep up with your collection of mules in every color of the rainbow. How could you not want to collect them all? The vibrancy these bring to your wardrobe will not go unnoticed, surely brightening up the mood of your passersby.

Intentionally Blank Rex Yellow ($180)

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Hiking Sandals
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Hiking Sandals

Long live the "ugly sandal trend," which, in our opinion, has just become the cutest and most comfortable option. We love these supportive, sometimes velcro kicks teamed with breezy shorts, a loose button-down, and a braided anklet that give off camp vibes. You'll notice that plenty of them speak for themselves with colorful design details. Rather than opting for a neutral, let these be the focal point of your outfit, even when you're not using them for the function but for the fashion.

The Frankie Shop Vagabond Erin Sandals ($120)

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T-Strap
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T-Strap

It's been a moment since we've seen the T-strap silhouette bubble up in the fashion world, but we're really excited by the various assortment of sandals to choose from that speak to every type of personality. You can opt for something minimalist and sleek in design or look at embellishments that really highlight the shape of the shoe and even elongate the appearance of the foot thanks to that vertical strap.

Stuart Weitzman Black Calypso Braided Leather Slingback Platform Sandals ($295)

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Platforms
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Platforms

Platforms get the retro treatment this season, many coming in splashy colors with chunky wooden soles that take us back to the '70s. Of course, you can always combine two trends in one and elevate yourself in something super strappy with that wrap-up option we already talked about.

Swedish Hasbeens Mirja Ankle Strap Clogs ($270)

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Elevated Flip-Flops
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Elevated Flip-Flops

If we're being honest, we can't remember a time when we took extra care to safeguard our flip-flops. But to be fair, they rarely came in plush or luxe fabrics, upgrading the thong sandal to a whole new territory of cool. Things have changed — now, we'd even venture to keep our flip-flops in dust bags! We particularly love working these with midi dresses and a mini handbag in a pop of color for a night out.

The Frankie Shop Padded Flip Flop Sandals by Low Classic in White ($465)