I run into the same problem every time I go on vacation: I make sure to pack my favorite heels and sneakers but seemingly always forget a pair of beach sandals. While I do believe that you can wear sneakers for basically any occasion, they tend to look a little out of place in the sand.
There are a couple of ground rules when it comes to finding the ideal pair of beach sandals. They need to be lightweight and fuss-free and need to look great with just about any swimsuit in my collection. They also need to look fashionable enough for me to wear when I'm not on the beach. I tend to prefer either an elevated pair of flip-flops or comfy-looking slide sandals.
Luckily, I have tons of options to choose from this summer. Ahead, shop some of the best sandals of the season.
It doesn't get simpler than this pair of mules.
"I work in retail and have been wearing these for 8h standing and walking around. I also took them to Disney. They are pretty, comfortable, and 100% worth the money. I'm planning to buy another pair in a different color. I do recommend sizing down because the leather is already very soft." — Nordstrom Reviewer
An essential in any summer wardrobe.
"I got them in black, and they are very comfortable and go with everything. They are well-made and look expensive. They feel more comfortable than the originals. Fits true to size." — Nordstrom Reviewer
These simple slides are a wear-everywhere essential.
"I'm happy to see the lug soles made it to spring and summer too! These are very comfortable after a little wear. The top is stiff but quickly breaks in, and I'll definitely get the black pair too." — Madewell Reviewer
Who says a pair of flip-flops can't look this cool?
"These sandals feel great and look great. I love the green-yellow color. They will look amazing with the black silk dress I needed them for. They really are comfortable!" — Free People Reviewer
These sandals are cute and sustainably made.
"These sandals go with everything. I got the brown color to go with jeans and other pants. They would also go with a cute skirt or dress. The leather is so soft! I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can wear them outside of my condo." — Everlane Reviewer
Black is so simple and goes with everything.
"I bought these thinking for sure I'll have to return them. Most shoes and sandals hurt my feet and rub on the sides. These don't. I've had them for a few months now, and they're my favorite summer sandals. Highly recommend!" — Nordstrom Reviewer
Pops of red are trending this summer.
"This is my 2nd pair in this style, just in a different color. I love the consistent comfort and how well it handles various terrains (cobblestone streets, city pavements, etc.) and any pace with no issues whatsoever. I'm already considering what color I'll get next!" — Nordstrom Reviewer
Such a fun color.
"Just loving these slides! I bought them for an upcoming trip to wear to the pool, but have not wanted to take them off at home since they were delivered. I love the bright pink and contrasting red interior. The chubby, oversize look is cuter than I anticipated with leggings, and the (literal) bounce that they add to each step is delightful. I wear a 7.5, and the size 8 is just fine. Lightweight and not at all clumsy to wear. Very happy with these slides." — Nordstrom Reviewer