9 Shoes All the California Girls Are Wearing

If you're more interested in what California girls are wearing than usual lately, there's a reason. Given these unprecedented times we're living in, the laid-back, casual California-girl aesthetic is very relevant, and it's no wonder that people are seeking them out for comfortable-cool outfit inspiration. Being a big shoe person myself, what my eyes have been gravitating toward is their shoes.

Unlike the shoe selections of, say, NYC girls, where the amount of walking and the weather can be limiting, California girls are more likely to get around via car (and we know what the weather is like there comparatively), so their shoe options are more varied. This is why I'm especially intrigued by the shoe styles that they gravitate toward. If you have the same itch to do some shoe shopping lately as I do, I did the work for you.

Keep scrolling to find out which 9 shoe styles I keep spotting on Cali girls, and shop my favorite pairs for each.

Cowboy Boots

Even though it's summer, cowboy boots have never been more popular among California girls. Their chosen pairing is with a dress.

California girl shoes



Minimalist Sandals

If you're looking for shoes that go with literally everything, opt for an L.A.-girl favorite: skin-baring flat sandals.

Shoes California girls wear




We're lucky that not only are Birkenstock's comfortable, they're wildly popular and give any outfit that coveted California-girl "vibe".

Birkenstock outfit




This year especially, platforms have taken off out West. They're great for making jeans look more forward.

L.A. girl shoes



High-Heel Flip-Flops

This hasn't been a big year for heels, for obvious reasons, but high-heel flip-flops were one of the only heel trends to really take off this summer, and California girls can't get enough.

High-heel flip-flops trend



Sporty Sandals

Like Birkenstocks, sporty sandals offer comfort and a cool, sporty look that's very 2020.

Sporty sandals trend



Metallic Sandals

One of the prettiest styles on this list, metallic sandals in any form easily dress an outfit up without really trying. And they look great in that California sunshine.

Converse Hi-Tops

Sneakers and California girls go hand-in-hand, but if you want to get specific, put on a pair of Converse hi-tops to really channel them.

Aimee Song shoes



Toe-Ring Sandals

Like high-heel flip-flops, toe-ring sandals are a once-controversial style that's now mainstream. There are tons of them on the market right now, proving their popularity.

Popular shoe styles 2020