Let me preface by saying that I've been on a months-long search for the perfect pair of strappy sandals. So this recent affordable find of mine felt like a personal victory. My search started all the way back in February when I spotted the first few iterations of my dream sandals hitting the market. Last fall, strappy sandals flooded the S/S 18 runways, so I had an inkling that they would become a major shoe trend this season, and I was fully prepared to test-drive the style.
I won't lie though—I had a pretty specific idea in mind for the style I was after. Have you ever seen a fashion item on someone else and suddenly felt the need to hunt down a near-exact version of it ASAP? Such was the urgent nature of my sandal search. I wanted a pair of cheap strappy sandals that had a low heel, were tied around the ankle, and ideally had a toe-hugging feature (another big summer sandal trend). It was a tall order, especially considering I was searching for my summer sandals months before summer was on anyone's mind. I ended up trying three different versions of them, each of them falling short of my high standards. Then my dream pair finally manifested in the form of a pair at Forever 21 that was on sale. What's more was that they could be mine for less than a typical lunch order. You can be sure I hit "order" on them as fast as my Wi-Fi would allow.
Now my dream sandals and I are about to spend a very happy summer together from vacations to the office and back again. The image above is just one of the many outfits I'm styling with my Forever 21 pair. Just below, shop the sandals for yourself (while they're no longer on sale for $15, I promise they're still very affordable). And further down, shop the cheap strappy sandals that check most, if not all, of the hyperspecific boxes on my dream summer sandal checklist.
Shop my sandals:
Though they also come in red, I opted for the white pair that could be the foundation for all my outfits this summer.Available in sizes 5 to 10.
The style is extra dreamy paired with a breezy printed dress. Make this outfit combo one of your go-tos for the next few months.
See what I mean? A white pair will freshen up summer's prettiest prints.
Opt for a low heel that will take you effortlessly from day to night.
Available in sizes 6 to 10.
A strappy pair that doesn't feature an ankle tie situation is perfect for more casual days.
Available in sizes 34 to 41.
The Man Repeller herself is a fan, so what's not to love?
Now you've found an affordable way to nail this summer's strappy sandal trend.
Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.
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