I Can't With Heels, So I Found the Absolute Coolest Flat Shoes for Summer


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Since I was a teenager, high heels have been painful for me to pull off. I’ve wished nothing more for many years to be able wear heels that were higher than three inches tops without suffering, but no matter what trick I tried I couldn’t handle the discomfort. That said, flat shoes and I have been well acquainted for most of my life at this point. Rewind to a few years or so ago when stylish flat shoes of all kinds (beyond the usual ballet flats, loafers…etc.) came onto the scene pushing, the focus on heels into the background—I was elated. My time to shine was, and still is, officially here.

This summer, the selection of cool flat sandals is no exception. From elevated flip-flops to fisherman sandals to sleek slide sandals, I can’t help but be in my happy place. Ahead, shop 31 of my top flat sandal picks that are comfortable without sacrificing style.

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Jennifer Camp Forbes
Contributing Editor

Jennifer Camp Forbes is currently an editor at Who What Wear, where she has worked in a variety of capacities for over a decade, including creative director and various editor roles. She’s well-known as a shopping expert that’s sought out for advice and insight on the latest trends, outfit ideas, and fashion picks thanks to her thoughtful shopping roundups, digital moodboards, and extensive knowledge of up-and-coming brands, plus the new arrivals sections of the chicest retailers. Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to intern at Harper’s Bazaar as an undergraduate. Later, while working towards her masters degree in psychological counseling at Columbia University, she founded two digital fashion publications: Le Fashion and Olsens Anonymous. The popularity of both sites grew and after graduation she decided put her plans to become a therapist aside to pursue a career in fashion. While she has called Los Angeles and New York City home in the past, she currently works remotely from Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over and writing about her latest fashion finds, she is delighting in raising two little ones with her highschool sweetheart, perusing TikTok religiously, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, creating abstract photographs, and eating the best Mexican food she can get her hands on.