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Your Summer 2015 Sandal Trend Guide: Six Styles for Every Occasion

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We're right around the corner from full-blown summer which means it's time: sandals. By whatever means necessary, get those boot-battered toes ready for their time in the sun because your feet have a lot of cool sandals to try out this season.


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Here we've broken down the six essential sandal trends you need to waltz through the warmer months, from criminally-comfortable weekend slides to work-appropriate block heels. Plus, there are plenty of platform, lace-up, and metallic styles for the good times in between.

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The Flat Sandal: Slides

The humble slide sandal was once notorious as the choice of off-court basketball players before Isabel Marant gave them a luxe makeover in padded leather, igniting a footwear trend that has picked up steam over the last few summers. There's good reason, too: In addition to being obviously quite comfortable, slides are surprisingly flattering (with no ankle strap, they're visual witchcraft, making legs look extra, extra long). This season's updates are loaded with rich texture, like calfhair in the Dolce Vita 'Genivee' pictured above ($120), and strap details.

  1. Splendid

    Tysan slides in caramel (also available in black)

    $88

  2. ATP Atelier

    Astrid leather slides in natural

    $160

  3. Sol Sana

    Betty sandal in moss (also available in black)

    $80

  4. Forever 21

    Faux-suede crisscross sandals in blush (also available in three other colors)

    $18

  5. ASOS

    Flatter padded leather sandals in gray (also available in black)

    $45

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The Work Sandal: Block Heel

Look no further than the chunky block heel for daytime lift that's sturdy, versatile, and not too sexy for the office. Adjustable ankle straps and minimal other straps make these styles easy to customize for all day comfort, and cute enough to transition to after-work plans.

  1. River Island

    Black suede block heel sandals

    $84

  2. Diane von Furstenberg

    Cami metallic coloblock leather sandals

    $250

  3. Tory Burch

    Lexington leather sandals

    $275

  4. See By Chloé

    Keeni leather sandals

    $285

  5. H&M

    Leather mules

    $50

  6. Maryam Nassir Zadeh

    Sophie suede sandal

    $368

Photo: Silver and Lemon

The Party Sandal: Platform

Platforms are back, right in line with the 1970s resurgence quaking through fashion. The massive lift up front actually makes the intimidatingly tall shoes easier to wear than they look, using simple Heel Math (trademark pending): Five-inch heel minus two-inch front platform equals three-inch heel, really. For understated sexiness—and to avoid Vegas bachelorette stereotypes—pair with long, swooshy dresses.

  1. Steve Madden

    Jillyy platform sandal in blush suede (also available in black suede)

    $100

  2. Topshop

    Lilith suede chunky platform sandals in black (also available in two other colors)

    $135

  3. Sophia Webster

    Amanda printed faille sandals

    $395

  4. Windsor Smith

    Virginn leather platform

    $165

  5. New Look

    Ripple black and pink platform heeled sandals

    $45

Photo: Pull & Bear

The Update: Espadrilles

Jute-bottomed espadrilles get refreshed this year with high-contrast colors, mixed materials, and smooth leather uppers. It's like your preppy cousin went to college, made friends with the art kids, and is home for the summer with a much cooler look.

  1. Kaanas

    Isis tie-back sandals in buttermilk (also available in black)

    $89

  2. Banana Republic

    Clea rivet espadrille in black (also available in crema/black)

    $108

  3. Vince

    Emilia two band flatform espadrille in bone (also available in two other colors)

    $275

  4. Proenza Schouler

    Leather slingback espadrilles

    $495

  5. Paloma Berceló

    Suede mules

    $320

  6. ASOS

    Jowett two-part espadrilles in multi

    $27

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The Detail: Lace-Up

Lace-up sandals were a big runway trend, some of the best seen at Chloé (whose pinkish suede wedges will cost you $1,450) and Valentino (which is selling out of its 'Aphrodite' style, despite the $1,345 price tag). Rope closures allow the shoes to be fit Goldilocks-style to your foot—just right.

  1. J.Crew

    Raffia ankle-tie high heel sandals

    $178

  2. Topshop

    Fairy gladiator sandals

    $65

  3. Valia Gabriel

    Lia leather sandals

    $200

  4. Tibi

    Camilo leather sandals

    $425

  5. Ancient Greek Sandals

    Kori lace-up sandals in light-tan leather (also available in black leather)

    $580

  6. Zara

    Leather gladiator sandals

    $159

Photo: ASOS

The Special Effect: Metallic

For something otherwordly, slip on a pair of metallic sandals. They're a cool way to add dimension to an all-white look, and are striking with pastel pedicures like lavender.

  1. Glamorous

    Silver cross-strap slider sandals

    $46

  2. Jeffrey Campbell

    Jewett leather sandal

    $135

  3. Helmut Lang

    Flat sandals

    $495

  4. Forever 21

    Patent faux-leather flatform sandals in silver (also available in black)

    $30

  5. VAgabond

    Alexis sandal in silver (also available in black)

    $125

  6. BDG

    Niles sandal in silver (also available in two other colors)

    $34

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