These Are Summer's Most Comfortable Sandals, According to Our Style Editor
For someone who spends all day browsing brands’ lookbooks and scrolling e-comm sites for styles to feature, my own shoe game is admittedly ho-hum in fall and winter months. I rotate between the same three pairs of shoes over and over again, with little thought given to how I could shake things up. But then the warm weather rolls in. Ready for their time in the sun and a fresh coat of OPI Cajun Shrimp, my piggies relish the chance to break free from low-heeled booties and needlepoint flats. So I give them what they want and slide into sandals all spring and summer long. And because I refuse to believe the old adage that beauty is pain, I stick to sandals that win on comfort and style. Here, five of my favorite sandals for summertime.
Ganesa Strappy Sandal in Saddle Leather
Buy similar here: $99.95, nordstrom.com
Over the years, I’ve racked up quite a few pairs of Sam Edelman shoes. Their heels and flats alike are comfortable straight out of the box, but they get so comfortable with continued wear. My favorites are a pair of strappy gladiators that zip up the back—no laces required. They’re the ones I refuse to give up despite the fact that three summers of everyday wear have taken their toll. I wear them to work (at this very minute, even), baseball games, church, you name it, and they always look and feel just right.
Noelya Ankle Strap Sandal in Purple
Buy them here: $24.99, target.com
I just scooped these up from Target a week ago, and they’ve already weaseled their way into my top five. Part espadrille, part squishy foamy feet treat, and part chunky sandal that my mom hates and my sisters love, these are some of the most comfortable sandals I’ve ever bought on impulse. They were ideal for meandering through the grass at my friend’s backyard fiesta last weekend; they’re easy to slide on and run out the door; and they will definitely come along on my beach trip this summer: Hello, boardwalks and bike rides.
Soludos Lace-Up Espadrille Sandal
Buy them here:$64.95, nordstrom.com
While they’re not open-toed like most of my summertime go-tos, Soludos’ d’Orsay-style espadrilles pair effortlessly with everything from little white dresses to denim shorts and make my summer looks feel breezy and vacation-ready, even when I’m just going to the grocery store. My Soludos espadrilles have a black leather upper (so they transition well into fall, too), but these striped fabric ones are at the top of my summer shoe wish list.
Blake Ankle-Strap Wedge Sandal
Buy them here: $378, toryburch.com
Buy similar here (same idea, equally fun pattern, much better price): dv Brynn Quarter Strap Woven Flatform Sandals, $29.99, target.com
I struggle in heels. Wedges, especially of the foolproof platform variety, are my safer alternative. And these stitched babies are the best of the best: So comfortable and the most compliment-worthy. Before you balk at the price tag and wonder what on earth they’re paying me around here, hear me out: I too balk at $378 shoes … which is why I bought these sandals for a quarter of the price in a different color two years ago at Nordstrom Rack. If you’re feeling like a summertime splurge, you won’t regret buying these, but otherwise, do as I do and hit the sales racks, or opt for the equally fun raffia option from Target above.
Steve Madden Women’s Irenee Heeled Dress Sandal in Blush
Buy them here: from $47, amazon.com
Meet my boogie shoes. These have been my loyal, never-let-me-down companions through the weddings and formal events I’ve been to this year. They pair as well with gowns and cocktail dresses as they do with midi skirts and white jeans at work, and they’re comfortable as all get out. I like them in blush leather because they work with so many pieces in my closet, but the style comes in a number of colors (and patterns!) if you’re trying to break out of the beige box.