I've always believed summer is the prime time to splurge on designer shoes. Trudging through snow in the winter makes me opt for sturdy and inexpensive options, knowing I may need to replace them the following year. But now is the moment to indulge in great shoes. Designers are releasing bright and vibrant styles, and I'm on the hunt for my next big purchase.
After a lot of scrolling and deliberating, I'm still having trouble narrowing it down to just one pair. So, I decided to ask a few industry friends for their recommendations on the best sandals to invest in. One common thread among the entire group was a love for excellent sandals. Every person I spoke to presented me with a stunning pair of sandals, and I think I need them all. Bright hues, strappy silhouettes, and mules were among the common themes. You're sure to find a winner below, and the best part is that these sandals aren't just trendy—they're timeless investments that will stay in your closet for seasons to come.
"I prefer my flat sandals a little substantial. You’ll never catch me in a delicate strappy number. These are still sleek but have that something extra, a little weight to keep you grounded."
"I'm really into Blumarine's butterfly-heeled sandals. I love them in all colors, especially in that very Y2K-esque bubblegum pink. I love accessories that add a cute and whimsical flair to my look, and like everyone else, I'm super nostalgic for early 2000s fashion at the moment."
"I'm a big fan of the up-and-coming Berlin-based shoe brand Aeyde. Their designs are modern and classic, but versatile. Great quality and very affordable, too. This summer, I will be living in their Wilma sandals (launched in May), an effortlessly chic shoe, perfect for summer days and nights."
"90s trends always have a resurgence and this Summer I feel that thong sandals are going to be one to watch. The Miu Miu Boot is already becoming a hot topic on Instagram—it's a hybrid between a boot and a sandal which makes it such a versatile shoe. The perfect minimalist accessory for the summer months ahead!"
"For me, this season is all about the big, surrealistic shoe design, which translates well into the summer season. Bottega Veneta continues to stand out here and their Canalazzo Platform Sandal in raffia is the perfect addition to your vacation wardrobe."
"I’m really into the pointed-toe mule for Spring/Summer. It’s edgy/cool and looks great with baggy jeans or a fun dress!"
"The Bottega Stretch Strap Sandals in Nero are my go-to heels for special occasions or nights out. It's super sleek, minimal, and simple and goes with so much whether I'm wearing a dress for a wedding or black trousers for a fancy dinner. It's really the only high heel that I wear at the moment and I haven't felt the need to spend on other heels because this one is so versatile."