Elegant Sandals That Will Elevate Every Outfit This Summer

Summer: the season of sandals. We slip into those toe-bearing styles right about when the temperature ekes it’s way up to 60 degrees and don’t look back until there’s practically frost on the ground. As such, we’ve been stocking up over the past few seasons in preparation for our toes’ big debut, buying into all the trends of the moment. The only problem is that most of those looks involve pool slides, casual jellies, and vintage-inspired wrap styles. It seems we’ve neglected the more elegant of the bunch and are remedying the situation, stat.

Because, as it were, an elegant pair of sandals can easily be your wear-with-everything footwear for the entire season, so it’s a nonnegotiable that everyone has at least one go-to pair in rotation, if not more. When it comes to these more tailored essentials, we’re focusing on five very specific styles: classic, understated gladiators; short-strap slides; styles with bows and knots; chunky block-heeled ankle straps; and tried-and-true espadrilles. Read all about why we love them below and shop the trends here.

Buy one, buy them all: You’ll be all set for summer with these must-have elegant sandals.