This summer was overloaded with the chicest sandals on planet Earth. Ever since the weather allowed us to bare our toes, we saw classic sandal styles re-emerge in updated colors and even some new "weird" sandal trends that took some warming up to. (Hi, heeled thongs, we're looking at you.) Overall, the most popular designer sandals of 2019 were the ones that hit on major shoe trends of the moment—barely there straps, thong sandals, and square-shaped toes are all well represented in the below lineup—proving that there's nothing fashion girls love more than a good shoe trend.
We're not even done with summer yet, but it's already clear which designer sandals will define 2019. Ahead, we're highlighting 10 specific sandals that are definitely the most popular. But out of all the It sandals we've seen, there could only be one to earn the coveted top spot. Any guesses on which pair won? Was it Prada's comfortable velcro sandals? By Far's '90s-inspired kitten heels? You'll have to scroll to the end to find out…
10. Dear Frances Wrap Sandals
Thong sandals were the shoe trend we didn't see coming this summer, yet fashion insiders tested out the tricky shoes and convinced us we all need a pair fo luxe flip-flops in our lives. It's no wonder this pair from ethical shoe brand Dear Frances were popular—they're a chic and elevated take on the trend.
9. Saint Laurent Woven Leather Slides
Saint Laurent's leather slides are simply a classic, no question about it. These remain a popular sandal pick among stylish women year after year since they're understated and oh so versatile.
8. By Far Gorgeous Sandals
By Far has been nailing it this summer with its sandal selection, and this '00s-inspired crystal-embellished pair was a hit among fashion trend–loving influencers.
7. Simon Miller Beep Sandals
I warned you that there were some weird shoe trends in the mix here. Controversial as they may be, heeled thong sandals are definitely a thing this summer and of all the iterations we saw, Simon Miller's patent-leather pair proved to be the most popular, earning celeb fans like Kendall Jenner.
6. Staud Gita Sandals
No wonder Staud's Gita sandals are in the mix here: The asymmetrical straps nail the strappy trend, the mid-heel makes them surprisingly comfortable, and they're from everyone's favorite It brand (duh).
5. By Far Libra Mules
I know, I know. I already included a pair of By Far sandals in this roundup, but I promise it's for good reason! The brand really outdid itself with its patent-leather Libra mules, a strappy kitten heel that came in a range of colors and flooded our Instagram feeds all summer long.
4. Prada Velcro Sandals
Sporty sandals were another major sandal trend this summer. Sure, tons of affordable options exist, but they still don't come close to Prada's logo-embossed pair, which cool girls everywhere put their seal of approval on.
3. Saint Laurent Minimalist Sandals
The ultimate '90s shoe, these floss-like strappy sandals were the most luxurious designer version of all the strappy heels out there and were especially a hit among Italian It girls like Giorgia Tordini.
2. Chanel PVC Slides
Did you really think you were going to get through a designer shoe roundup without a Chanel mention? Ha, you thought wrong. As soon as these PVC slides launched, the fashion world fully embraced them and voilà, an It shoe was born.
1. Bottega Veneta Square-Toe Mules
Last (but certainly not least) are the shoes I'm crowning the ultimate designer sandals of the year. The newly revived Bottega Veneta has been warmly received by fashion's inner circle, and perhaps no item has been more popular than its exaggerated square-toe mules. We can scarcely open up Instagram these days without coming across a series of photos featuring the minimalistic mules. This may be a summer sandal roundup, but we have a strong feeling that these shoes will long outlive the season.