The 3 Sandal Trends Everyone Will Be Wearing This Summer

Here in NYC, above-70º temperatures are starting to become the norm, which to me signals a lot. Iced coffee and walks in the park are just a couple of the many positive implications worth naming. For today’s purposes, however, the seasonal shift signals that it's officially sandal season. In fact, just the other day I put my last pairs of boots away to make room for my already-growing collection of the summer-ready footwear style which, I realized, is predominately made up of just three trends.

And after some research (aka Instagram investigating), it occurred to me that I’m not the only one who’s backing them. It seems that fashion girls everywhere are into the same styles as I am, which tells me that, much like I learned with sneakers, these will be the sandals worth wearing this summer. To see, read about, and shop the three most important trends for yourself, just keep scrolling.

1. Chunky & Sporty

From classic Birkenstocks to the many fashion iterations on the "sporty sandal” out there, this summer, many fashion girls (including myself) are giving their feet some relief by investing in and wearing chunky and comfy sandal styles on repeat.


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2. Fancy Flip-Flops

Whether it's through a heel, luxe leather, chic color, upgraded strap style, or all of the above, there are countless ways that brands have upgraded the classic flip-flop this year, and the style set has taken notice.


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3. Ankle Wrap

Last, but certainly not least, the ankle-wrap detail on both flat and heeled sandals is the third way simple sandals are getting an upgrade this season, and we're all for it.


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Next: Trust me, buy this—at-home edition.

This post was previously published and has since been updated. 


Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2020, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch 90 Day Fiancé.