European Cool Girls Are All Wearing This Stunning Sandal Trend

Woman wears black Tory Burch embellished Patos Slingback sandals.

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Is your shoe closet looking a bit bland for summer? An easy way to jazz it up is with—you guessed it—a pair or two of embellished sandals. Yes, everyone's footwear collection certainly needs to have the core items, including minimalistic sneakers, the ever-popular French girl–approved espadrilles, and comfortable warm-weather shoes that can withstand miles upon miles of walking sans foot pain. But there's nothing quite as eye-catching (especially when the light hits them) and statement making as bedazzled, beaded, and sparkly sandals.

I've been in Europe for a little over two weeks, and while I've spotted plenty of summer trends and outfit inspiration, there's no trend I've seen more on the streets of London, Madrid, and Rome than chic European women making a statement with their over-the-top sandals of choice—whether it be with hammered gold details or '90s-inspired jelly silhouettes.

Ahead, I've rounded up an array of embellished, summer-friendly styles that are sure to step up your outfit game the instant you put them on. Whether you're looking for a pair that's a slightly subtler take on the trend or one that features fully decorated platform heels, I've found it all in terms of embellished sandals you'll wear nonstop this season.

Black embellished Tory Burch sandals.

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Blue jelly sandals from The Row.

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Runway model wearing white Tory Burch embellished sandals.

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Black heeled embellished sandals with small buckle detail.

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Woman wearing tie-up gladiator sandals with stone detail.

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Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist and Gen Z editor whose work ranges from dissecting size inclusivity at fashion week to discussing how American Girl Doll meme accounts are the the answer to society's collective spiral. She's covered it all: Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Roe v. Wade frontline protests, and the emergence of jorts (or jean shorts for the uninitated). At Who What Wear, Ana is responsible for delivering smart, insightful, personality-driven shopping guides and trend features for a digital-first generation.Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)