What are the 5 summer shoe styles I should invest in?

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    When it comes to footwear this summer, think beyond the flip-flop. For a season that’s built on fun under the sun, these five key styles will take you stylishly through every barbecue, beach day, and tropical getaway.

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    PHOTO: Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

    Must-Have #1: Barely-There Sandals

    We love a super flat sandal that essentially makes your foot look bare. Choose one with a natural leather sole and either metallic or neutral skinny straps. This allows a flowy skirt be the star of your look and a slouchy trouser feel cool and casual. A fresh, bright manicure is the perfect finishing touch.

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    PHOTO: Atlantic-Pacific

    Must-Have #2: Gladiators

    When your look needs a heavier sandal, then gladiators are the perfect choice. Choose one that hits above the ankle or just below the knee, and preferably in nude, black, or gold. Style them with short sundresses or denim shorts for your next daytime outing.

    Image via: Atlantic-Pacific

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    PHOTO: Fashion Vibe

    Must-Have #3: Birkenstock Sandals

    Embrace this hippie-inspired trend in both color and print. Invest in a neutral two-strap version, which will go with everything in your warm weather closet, or splurge on a designer leather floral pair.

    Image via: Fashion Vibe

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    PHOTO: Tuula Vintage

    Must-Have #4: A Touch of Rock and Roll

    To add a tough-girl edge to your look this season, have a little black sandal with studs, straps, or fringe on hand. This style works well contrasted with an uber feminine dress or flirty skirt.

    Image via: Tuula Vintage

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    Must-Have #5: Modern Wedges

    Choose a sleek and simple wedge that feels modern and is a suitable alternative to your office pumps. Take them from day to night with a pencil skirt or skinny jeans. 

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    Joie Sable Sandals ($135)

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    Dolce Vita Flat Slide Sandals ($109)

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    Aldo Tober Sandals ($60)

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    Birkenstock Metallic Sandals ($130)

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    Birkenstock Arizona Suede Sandals ($120)

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    Givenchy Crisscross Wedge Sandals ($970)

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    Zara Leather Wedge Shoe ($129)

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    Saint Laurent Alice Sandals ($895)

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    Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Flat Sandals ($398)

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    Christian Louboutin Neronna Flat Gladiator Sandals ($845)

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    Tory Burch Gladiator City Sandals ($295)

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Sable Sandals

Sable Sandals

Joie, $135
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Flat Slide Sandals

Flat Slide Sandals

Dolce Vita, $109
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Tober Sandals

Tober Sandals

Aldo, $60
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Slingback Sightseer Sandals

Slingback Sightseer Sandals

Madewell, $60
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Arizona Floral-Print Canvas Slides

Arizona Floral-Print Canvas Slides

Birkenstock, $245
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Metallic Sandals

Metallic Sandals

Birkenstock, $130
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Arizona Suede Sandals

Arizona Suede Sandals

Birkenstock, $120
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Crisscross Wedge Sandals

Crisscross Wedge Sandals

Givenchy, $970
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Leather Wedge Shoe

Leather Wedge Shoe

Zara, $129
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Buckle-Detailed Leather Mules

Buckle-Detailed Leather Mules

Chloe, $695
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Leather Sandals with Fringe

Leather Sandals with Fringe

Zara, $100
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Rockstud Textured-Leather Sandals

Rockstud Textured-Leather Sandals

Valentino, $895
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Alice Sandals

Alice Sandals

Saint Laurent, $895
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Gladiator Flat Sandals

Gladiator Flat Sandals

Stuart Weitzman, $398
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Neronna Flat Gladiator Sandals

Neronna Flat Gladiator Sandals

Christian Louboutin, $845
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Gladiator City Sandals

Gladiator City Sandals

Tory Burch, $295
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