What are the key shoes for summer?

What are the key shoes for summer?

A: Besides a regular pedicure and a glowing suntan, cute summer sandals are the other key component for having fabulous looking gams. These are the three types of shoes we think you MUST own this season because they're both flattering and fashionable.

Must-Have #1: Flat Sandals
Resist a shoe with a mini lift and embrace the effortless comfort a super flat sandal has to offer. In fact, your motto should be: the flatter the better. The dazzle should be in the details--get ones that are either jeweled or studded and wear them with everything from crisp clean trousers and blouses to flirty, printed dresses. Think of them as jewelry for your feet! That said, if you are looking to embrace your inner flower child, break out your old or invest in some new Birkenstocks. While we can't resist the classic browns and beiges we so loved in the '90s, dare to wear the designer versions.

Must-Have #2: Heeled Gladiator Sandals or Lace-Up Heels
​These statement shoes are meant to be the star of your outfit. You can keep your wardrobe simple--think: little white dresses to puffy skirts and tanks in blacks and whites--because this runway favorite will add some daring punch. Choose a proportion that flatters the leg and fits snugly, but not too tight, around the calf. Metallics, nudes, and blacks are the most palatable colors for this type of shoe.

Must-Have #3: Chunky Low-Heeled Sandals
​Everyone from Isabel Marant to Chloe charmed us with chunkier, square low heels with ankle straps. These look great paired with knee-length skirts or cropped skinny jeans, and are ideal if you're looking for an understated shoe that still gives you a little height.

 

Image of Diane Kruger courtesy of LRR/ Fame Flynet Pictures

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Feline Flat Sandals

Feline Flat Sandals

ASOS, $59
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Intrecciato Metallic Leather Sandals

Intrecciato Metallic Leather Sandals

Bottega Veneta, $59
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Zen Leather Sandal

Zen Leather Sandal

N.Y.L.A., $69
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Gabrianna T-Strap Sandal

Gabrianna T-Strap Sandal

Sam Edelman, $120
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Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Leather Sandals

Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Leather Sandals

Rene Caovilla, $1050
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Gizeh Black Birko-Flor Sandals

Gizeh Black Birko-Flor Sandals

Birkenstock, $120
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Arizona Mocha Suede Sandals

Arizona Mocha Suede Sandals

Birkenstock, $120
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Chania Tobacco Oiled Leather Sandals

Chania Tobacco Oiled Leather Sandals

Birkenstock, $120
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Boxy Flat Strap Sandals

Boxy Flat Strap Sandals

Celine, $price upon request
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Leather Gladiator Over-The-Knee Boots

Leather Gladiator Over-The-Knee Boots

Altuzarra, $2715
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La Cage Gladiator Sandal

La Cage Gladiator Sandal

Nasty Gal, $215
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Slate Lace Up Sandals

Slate Lace Up Sandals

Schutz, $250
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Bond Girl Pump

Bond Girl Pump

Nasty Gal, $175
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Potomac Sandal

Potomac Sandal

Jeffrey Campbell, $200
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Carri Chunky Heel Sandals

Carri Chunky Heel Sandals

Elizabeth and James, $245
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Rylie Sandals

Rylie Sandals

Pour La Victoire, $147
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Shona Gold Heeled Gladiators Sandals

Shona Gold Heeled Gladiators Sandals

Miista, $229
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Patrice Block Heeled Sandal

Patrice Block Heeled Sandal

Mossimo, $23
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Elka Sandals

Elka Sandals

Dolce Vita, $158
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