The idea of easy-to-walk-in, “comfortable” sandals may trigger visuals of orthopaedic footwear with unsightly straps and awkward heel heights. But thanks to a certain few brands who have managed to meld chic design with footbed relief, those optics are looking a lot better.
Though the days of painful, sky-high heels that pinch your toes aren’t necessarily gone, they are on holiday this summer. This season, sophistication is served in walkable flats, flip-flops, and even dad sneakers. Ahead, we’re happily welcoming the trend with a curated selection of the cushiest, most comfortable sandals you could walk a mile in.
It’s time to give the flip-flops and thong sandals of yesteryear a second chance. This summer, both casual styles are reemerging in buttery leather, dauntless hues, and modern textures.
Classic, polished, and just trendy enough, the Erycina thong sandal adds a modernized spin with soft leather and wooden-sole detail.
For a very 2020 twist on the simple rubber flip-flop, go for this buttery leather option.
If you’re into color and metallics, opt for this thong that will add a special touch to your look. P.S. Padded insoles.
In the latest “ugly” fashion craze, a sandal no one with a sartorial mind would have accepted just a few years ago is cool again. The best part about this tourist evolution is the versatility in which these travel-inspired gems are created.
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The perfect sandal to take from the street to the beach.
Beachy-ready and easy to walk miles in, this luxe sandal is the investment your shoe rack needs.
The bandana sandal will add the pop of colour your all-white summer look craves.
Clog sandals have been around for years, but today, there are many elevated and comfortable iterations of them.
Every girl’s dream, the Check Mules are comfortable and chic. Use them when re-creating Audrey Hepburn‘s clog-sandal looks, from the city to the beach.
The Aquarius clog is made of handwoven raffia with a wooden sole, creating a seriously sleek everyday sandal that elongates the legs.
For a simple sandal with a buckle detail, look to this clog, which also offers a pink pop of color.
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Comfortable slides are always a summer go-to. You will find that you’ll be able to tread miles without complaints.
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An update to your Birkenstock, this crystal-embellished sandal will elevate your look in seconds.
Bottega’s iconic intrecciato-woven leather is now available in a crisscross slide; it will become your new go-to slide-on sandal.
Proenza Schouler teamed with Birkenstock to make this contemporary and sleek sandal.
Caged sandals, also known as fisherman sandals, are the perfect alternative to your open-toe stalwarts.
Because this caged sandal has a rubber sole, it is beyond easy to stroll in. Also, you can never go wrong with black.
Crafted in Italy, Boomer Tan sandals are perfect for keeping up with the trends but unique enough to add some differentiation into the mix.
This caged Brady sandal is ideal for the city. Your feet will even get a bit of a breeze without being overly exposed.
Mid-height platforms: They’re high enough to add some leg, but low enough to wander around in for hours and not feel a tinge of pain. The look you may lack in your favourite kitten heel can be found in a pair of these supportive and versatile sandals.
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Espadrilles go hand in hand (or rather, foot in foot) with summer. Just add this platform to complete your optimal seasonal look.
Both minimalistic and eye-catching, this easy black platform sandal will match everything in your wardrobe, from oversized pleated summer dresses to worn-in Levi’s.
Logomania has finally made its way into footwear, and we’re absolutely here for it. Slide into these comfortable Gucci-logo platforms.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar US.