Splurge or pinch pennies on 5 of the best summer sandal trends.

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Step 1: Treat yourself to a pedicure. Step 2: Step into some trending summer sandals.

Whether you’re looking to invest in a lifetime pair or want to pick up a bunch of styles on the cheap, we’ve got five great looks at higher and lower price points.


With a name like gladiator, we were expecting this trend to have some staying power and endurance, and it’s still in the ring this summer. The daring can opt for criss-crossed sandals that extend up the calf. But for everyday wear, we like a pair that stops at the ankle.

High: Rodebjer Leather Sandals (on sale for $292 at needsupply.com).

Low: Merona Edyth Gladiator Sandals ($25 at Target).


The year 2016 will go down in fashion history as the year our feet had lots of fun. Poms and tassels are everywhere, including on your shoes, and it’s a playful trend we’re loving for summer. Trust us, they will instantly transform a shorts-and-T-shirt outfit or amp up a white cotton dress.

High: Mabu By Maria BK Embellished Leather Sandals ($200 at net-a-porter.com).

Low: Chinese Laundry Posh Beaded Flat Sandal ($80 at chineselaundry.com).


A nod to nature, or perhaps the bohemian styles that defined the 1970s, wood platforms and clogs are commanding a presence this season. The neutral look is a perfect way to lend balance to the brights and prints in your closet.

High: Robert Clergerie Cetri ($550 at luxury.zappos.com).

Low: Lucky Brand Women’s Hannela Strap Clogs ($89 at Macy’s).

Kimchi Blue Cross-Strap Flats, $29 (left), and Frye Carson Ankle Strap Ballet Flat, $198
Kimchi Blue Cross-Strap Flats, $29 (left), and Frye Carson Ankle Strap Ballet Flat, $198


Ballet-inspired flats have been growing in dominance, and our feet are very thankful. Added details, such as interesting straps and zippers, take them up a notch. They pair equally nicely with cropped denim or skirts and dresses.

High: Frye Carson Ankle Strap Ballet Flat ($198 at Nordstrom).

Low: Kimchi Blue Cross Strap Flats (on sale for $29 at urbanoutfitters.com).


One of the best parts of summer style is its simplicity. A dress is an entire outfit. And, shoes? Just slide them on and don’t bother fussing with high heels. Pick a pair in a punchy color, or go for sophistication and versatility with a crossover style in a neutral shade.

High: Diane Von Furstenberg Caserta ($178 at luxury.zappos.com).

Low: Old Navy Criss-Cross Slides (on sale for $15).

ShopNW staff contributed to this story.