Cool Summer Shoes Are Truly My Specialty—3 Top Styles to Know About Now

Fashion influencer and stylist Monikh Dale in her chic London home wearing a black dress and elegant heeled flip-flop sandals.

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Okay, I'm finally ready to dive into some serious summer shoe shopping, and there's just so much to choose from. My style has had this whole "modern classics" vibe for a minute now, but I'm actually delighted to notice I'm feeling more inclined to lean into footwear trends this season. My summer wardrobe is brimming with really good investment pieces, but all that classic RTW is begging for a little of-the-moment touch.

Look, I planned on highlighting just my number one key sandal style, but it quickly turned into three. What can I say? There's just a lot of great summer footwear floating around, and I'm not here to skip anything important! From minimalistic strappy sandal options to gently on-trend details, here are the extremely wearable footwear styles that have made my short list for summer.

Toe Rings

Woman wearing Atlantica toe-ring sandals.

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I was originally going to call this a micro-trend, but sandals with metal toe rings have ticked over into full-blown trend status. There are lots of options to shop right now—including this buzzy Zara pair that's just sold out in white and silver but is still available in black and gold. There are designer styles aplenty, including a $25 pair that easily look 10 times the price. Don't miss that the above pair from Jeffrey Campbell comes in red, silver, and bronze as well.

Crochet

Model wears Castañer Pat Two-Tone Raffia Slides.

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This summer's crochet trend hasn't skipped the footwear category. Open-weave raffia and macramé sandals have big summer vibes, while some softer crochet-knit flats feel like an extension of that mesh-slipper trend that just keeps on keeping on.

Flip-Flops

Model wearing kitten-heel sandals.

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Whether you call them flip-flops or thongs (or jandals if you're from New Zealand like me), this beachy staple has quietly becoming the epitome of low-key, minimalistic summer style. Flat leather options like The Row's City Flip Flops will never go out of style, and kitten-heel and slingback options feel particularly primed for this season.

Natalie Cantell
Executive Director, Brand Studio

Natalie leads the style direction for the all content we create in partnership with our friends at various brands plus the legendary team of editors who work on those shoots and stories. She loves collaborating and storytelling, so it's a really fun role for her. It's also the first full-time job she's ever had⁠! She started out in her career as a very mediocre model who agreed to her first styling job to impress a photographer she had a crush on, which led her down a happy path of contributing to Vogue Australia and working as a stylist, fashion writer, and creative director for all sorts of brands and titles. She has a bachelor of communications, but most of her career opportunities came up thanks to some fleeting and accidental street style moments. She's been at Who What Wear for three and a half years and still loves to work as a freelance consultant with brands and designers to shoot their campaigns in NYC. She's originally from New Zealand, and Bondi Beach is her second home, but like just about every other 20-something, she fell in love with New York at some point. She lives in Williamsburg with her fiancé and their weird little dog, Ruby. If you ever need reccies for feel-good fashion, legit coffee spots, politics podcasts, or non-intimidating yoga studios, she's very much your girl.