With summer just around the corner, it’s time for our tootsies to peek out and shine.
As temperatures heat up, you’ll want to put your prettiest, pedicured feet out there in comfy, easy-to-walk-in sandals. We’ve scouted out styles designed as much for wear during everyday errands as for dressing up and going out in the evening.
Here, our top 11 faves of the latest toe-freeing, foot-tapping trends, from slides and wedges to flatforms and full-on heels.
New on the horizon? Cushion-y comfort that makes feet feel like they’re wrapped in a cloud inside a cotton ball on a marshmallow. Well, you get the picture. You just gotta try them.
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Abilene Toe Loop $78
Step into the artisanal-style beauty and traditional design of Italian footwear made the Santoni family way with a slide so easy to wear, so soft with its leather lining, and so stylish that you can’t go wrong, especially because it’s sporting NextTribe’s signature leopard pattern.
Apricot Slide Sandals $890
The spark of rose gold accents complete these pretty cork-bottomed slides crafted with triple-density Microwobbleboard™ midsoles for ergonomic comfort and cloud-like cushioning. Engineered by two British biomechanists, these are shoes meant to perform and feel good, all while keeping you looking pretty.
FitFlop’s Cork Slides $150
Don’t let you foot comfort get sabotaged during summer. Velcro makes wrapping these snakeskin-printed leather sandals with comfy foam-bed soled flatforms a cinch.
Cole Haan’s ZERØGRAND Crisscross Sandal $100
Funky and wild with a little boundary pushing in terms of blending of fashion and function, these sporty leather and mesh strapped slingbacks feature foot-to-floor cushioning.
Sorel Kinetic Impact Slingback $145
These aerodynamically designed sandals may make you feel you can fly across the burning pavement of summer streets! Inspired by sport aircraft with folds in orange pearlized, shimmery leather, these sandals create a sleek silhouette for your soles.
Chris Donovan’s Topaz Sandal Handmade in Italy $425
For generations, espadrilles have been the mainstay of summer footwear: You can’t go wrong wearing this black-and-white version.
Andre Assous’ Candy Espadrille Sandals $149
The original “comfort” sandal with the cork bottom keeps you stylish and statement driven in bold, bright patent leather.
Birkenstock’s Arizona Big Buckle $170
We like to call flatforms the sure-footed fashion footwear of the century. A little bit of lift with a lot of balance and grounding. Plus, with these, every step is golden.
Aquatalia’s Denissa Wedge $350
If you’re up for a bit of a heel, the big heel to wear this summer 2023 is the wedgie, and the more “out there” the trendier, like these clear vinyl beauties.
Mango’s Transparent Vinyl Wedge $130
Heading to Paris with the NextTribe gang? Be all in with what the French wear in the summer, and pack your espadrilles and a pair of these clog-style sandals, new and reworked for 2023. Don’t forget to pack a chambray midi shirt-dress and that straw woven market tote!
Suzanne’s Isabelle Clogs $225