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31 Sandals to Buy Before Summer Starts

From flatforms to the return of thong heels, these are the shoe trends we're stepping into.

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Christian Vierig

Summer can't come soon enough. So while we anticipate warm rays and moments of relaxation, why not shop for the pair of sandals you'll want to live in all season long? Some favorites shoes from spring stepped off the runways in unexpected colors and awe-inspiring patterns—and we can expect the return of chunky flatforms, wide-strap sandals, and even sky-high platforms in an array of hues.

For those after a more minimalistic sole-mate, the naked sandal is still going strong, now with some new details and interesting textures. And there is a whole host of statement-worthy strappy sandals to step into a new season in. From flatforms and wedges to flats and slides, we've found a pair to wear with everything from your favorite summer dress to your best lived-in Levi's 501s.

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Etoile toe-strap leather sandals

Sure, this sunshine hue may seem hard to wear, but it works well with everything from neutrals to bright, summer-ready pink. (Seeing is believing.)

Padded Leather Slides
Jil Sander

These padded slides are made in Italy—and they feel just as comfortable as they look.

Lily Leather Sandals

If you buy only one sandal this season, this one may be it. Barely there, lightweight, and done in an easy-to-wear hue, there's a reason it's quickly become a best seller.

Sylvie 110 leather sandals
Gianvito Rossi

Get all tied up this summer: The ankle-strap is one of this season's sexiest sandal trends.

Float Padded Sandals
Proenza Schouler

Flatforms are one of summer 2022's biggest trends, it's not hard to see why: These padded cross-strap sandals from Proenza Schouler feel exactly like walking on clouds—only better.

Stretch 40 leather sandals
Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta mules might just have a place in your wardrobe hall of fame: They're comfortable, match everything in your closet, and make any outfit feel ten times more sophisticated.

Monolith Rubber Fisherman Sandals

Fisherman sandals are back—and they're cooler than ever. This extra-chunky style from Prada are the perfect summer hybrid shoe.

Medusa Music print 165mm platform sandals

Is there anything more fun than a sky-high platform in a dizzying pattern? Versace platform sandals are ready to play.

Taxidi Comfort Sandal
Ancient Greek Sandals

It's all in the name: You'll clock thousands of steps in Ancient Greek Sandals' flatforms, no problem.

Cleia Platform Sandals
Cult Gaia

Pair this easy-going flatform with any summer dress and you have the perfect al fresco outfit.

Ginza Thong Sandal

Take the classic summer style to the next level with the subtle height and luxury leather that this pair offers. With black-on-black as one of the most coveted color schemes of the year, you can't go wrong.

Rosie 5 Sandals
Gia Borghini

A little shine adds decadence, but this Gia Borghini sandal ultimately remains a neutral base for your summer dresses.

Leather Triple Strap Platform Sandals
Marge Sherwood

A triple-strap platform offers an easy way to get in on the chunky trend without sacrificing comfort.

Jessica 130 leather platform sandals
Paris Texas

You'll gain a few inches in these four-buckle platform sandals from Paris Texas—and the bubblegum pink hue feels particularly 2022.

Sarit Sandal

Not yet ready to slide out of your slippers? We don’t blame you. Ease into the social scene by choosing easy-to-wear shoes that will take you all throughout town.

Patos Slides
Tory Burch

Butter-yellow slides are as easy as it gets for summer.

Crystal-Embellished Gabardine Platform Sandals
Miu Miu

If you're looking for something a little extra, try mixing two trends at once with chunky, crystal-embellished platforms from Miu Miu.

Danni Sandal
Tony Bianco

A kitten heel strappy sandal has probably already made its way into your summer shoe arsenal—so why not try on in a fun orange hue now?

Simon Miller

Simon Miller Designer Chelsea Hansford ushered in the return of the ankle-breaking platform in 2021—and this year, the sky's the limit.

Anna Sandals

A padded sandal, like this one from Anine Bing, is always a good idea.

Clea Triomphe Gladiator

We're already making our guesses on the It-sandal for summer and this Celine beauty has caught our eyes. Anything named after Roman warriors will be sure to bring you strength.

Giorgia crystal-strap sandals
Amina Muaddi

Sure, these Amina Muaddi heels look like special-occasion shoes, but we love how they look with a pair of jeans and ribbed tank, too.

Y-3 Slides

Chunky slides may feel like a fad, but they're so easy to wear that you'll keep them in rotation for years to come.

Verona Sandals 60mm
3.1 Phillip Lim

Sleek and sophisticated, these low-heeled sandals from 3.1 Phillip Lim will complete any summer outfit.

Rockaway Pool Slides

Imagine sliding your foot into this glorified cushion.

Valetta leather sandals
Christopher Esber

Say goodbye to the predictable, boring nude. Come summer, retire your minimalist pieces and brighten up your wardrobe with color palettes that complete any wardrobe.

1774 Arizona leather slides
Birkenstock 1774

In case you needed more proof that everything old is new again, look no further than the comeback of the original two-strap sandal.

square toe sandals

These are the sandals that will match with everything in your closet. Versatility is their specialty as you wear them from simple errands to extravagant reunions. The wide heel was designed for comfort.

Stretch chain-embellished leather sandals
Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta never fails to become our destination for staying ahead of the game. If you’re beginning to feel a little chunky chain fatigue, we don’t blame you. Step into this pair of sandals that has a subtle bling and will give you added height.

Knot straps sandals

A pair of simple knot-strap sandals invoke a day on a sailboat. Which is exactly the summer mood we're going for.

Leather thong sandals

Yep—kitten heeled thong sandals aren't going anywhere.

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