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Sandals You Need in Your Closet This Season

May 25, 2021

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Sandals You Need in Your Closet This Season

Summer is right around the corner. It’s time to dig into the back of your closet and find the sandals that have been gathering dust since last September. You can wave goodbye to your ankle boots and pre-pandemic heels. This summer is all about sandals. With the popularity of athleisure and activewear, its no surprise that sandals have become the ‘it’ shoe of the season for 2021. They’re the perfect alternative to sneakers if you want to shake up your summer closet. These shoes are the easiest to style during the summer and deserve a spot at the front of your closet.
With sandals, you can go from a day at the beach to cocktails with your friends at a downtown bar. As we say hello to the new ‘normal’ and life starts to resume after the pandemic, your sandals are the perfect choice of footwear to see you through your coffee catchups and socially distanced walks. As the ‘it’ shoe for summer 2021, you’re spoilt for choice with every designer and brand bringing out their version of these classic shoes.
We’re rounding up six of our favourite sandals for summer 2021. If you see these styles in stock, it’s an instant ‘add to cart’. We’re also sharing some of our favourite styling tips, so you can get an idea of how to incorporate these shoes into your summer closet.

Chanel Dad Sandals


When Chanel came out with their now infamous ‘Dad’ sandals, the fashion world raised an eyebrow. Like anything with the Chanel logo, it’s quickly become a classic. These sandals are almost impossible to come across in store. If you’re thinking of making a splurge purchase for the comfiest – and quirkiest – designer sandals, these Chanel shoes will be right up your street.
If you pick up a pair with the ‘Chanel’ name across the front strap, they’ll add a little streetwear twist to any summer outfit. Chanel recently came out with a nautical themed rope-inspired espadrille version, which gives the shoes an extra dose of summer charm. We’ll be wearing them with our favourite smock dresses and dressing them up with a short and blazer combo for drinks.

Fisherman’s Sandals


If you want comfort without compromising on style, fisherman’s sandals are your summer BFF. These shoes are a staple for brands like Church’s. If you’re looking to invest (and want extra comfort!) try to pick this style up in leather. The leather will naturally mould to your feet and help you stay walking for hours during the summer. If you want to save your pennies, you can find this style from popular high street brands like Zara and H&M. They’re the grown-up version of the jelly sandals that every 90s kid had.

Solid Flip Flops


Okay, here us out. While these shoes are often thought of as what you wear after a manicure to keep your polish smudge-free, they’re full of 2000s nostalgia. Whether you’re jumping on the Y2K trend or not, these shoes are a style you want to have in your closet. They’re easy to throw into your backpack to take with you on the go. If you’re hitting the beach this summer, you’ll want at least one pair in your beach bag.
What makes fit flops a better choice is that they have a higher sole and are less likely to break on you. You can give your outfit a touch of 2000s nostalgia without worrying about breaking the tongue of the shoe.
While the chunky flip flop trend was resurrected by The Row, you can find this style almost anywhere. For a classic look, try to stick to black as your colour of choice. Don’t forget to book yourself in for a pedicure before slipping your feet into a pair of these flip flops. Once the temperatures skyrocket, you’ll be glad that you have these shoes in your closet.

Birkenstock


Almost all the summer 2021 sandal trends are casual ‘dad’ shoes. The OG style – the classic Birkenstock – is still going strong for this summer. If you didn’t pick up a pair at the start of the pandemic, now is your time! These shoes will never be off your feet during the summer. You can wear them with anything from loungewear while grabbing your morning coffee to an elevated party outfit with a high-slit skirt and blouse.
These shoes are a must-have for anyone who is creating a capsule summer closet. They’re top of our packing list for any summer vacation. Black is a sandal colour that can do no wrong, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box. The popularity of the Birkenstock style means you can pick one up in almost every colour. The OG Birkenstock is a similar style to the Chanel ‘dad’ sandals, with the key difference being their open back.
If you don’t want to splurge on a pair of Chanel sandals, the Birkenstock is just as iconic and timeless. This shoe has earnt its place on the ‘must have sandals’ list for the rest of eternity. Birkenstocks come in a few different materials, whether you like a leather sole or an eco-friendlier alternative. You can even pick up a pair with suede lining if you want extra comfort. If you don’t want to invest in Birkenstocks, you can find dupes for these shoes in almost every clothing store.
Trust us. Birkenstocks are one of the most versatile shoes you can add to your closet.

Sparkly Sandals


The sandals on our must-have list for summer 2021 have all been fairly casual so far. With the world reopening again, it’s time to add a little sparkle into your life. If you plan on hitting the night clubs or have a special occasion coming up, sparkly sandals are the perfect summer choice. If there’s one brand that dominates the luxury sandal scene, it’s Amina Muaddi. The designer’s popularity has skyrocketed thanks to collaborations with Rihanna’s Fenty brand.
If you happen to strike gold and find a pair of Amina Muaddi summer sandals, pull out your credit card and run them to the check out. These shoes have been an instant sell-out, with influencers and celebrities alike being photographed in the sparkly gladiator-inspired summer sandals.
The sparkly straps will show off your fresh summer tan – as well as your manicure – while elongating your legs. You can wear to a summer wedding with a midi dress or revisit your favourite restaurant in a little black dress. Let these stunning shoes take centre stage with your outfit.

Mule Slides


After jumping on the fashion scene in 2016, the slides have gone from a gym staple to a fashion classic. Gucci was one of the first designer brands to bring the simple slide into the mainstream. The Italian fashion house has given their slides an upgrade for summer 2021 by creating a mule slide. The mules are another staple in the Gucci catalogue, so it’s no surprise that the brand has brought two of their bestselling styles together.
What we love about these shoes is their minimalism. You can pick them up in every colour of the rainbow, from simple white to periwinkle blue or barbie pink. Another bonus? These are some of the most affordable (or attainable!) shoes from the Gucci brand. As they’re made using rubber, these shoes are around half the price of a pair of Gucci sneakers or flats. If you want to buy your first pair of designer summer shoes, these are the perfect choice.
The subtle Gucci logo makes them easy to style. We’ll be wearing them along the seafront with an oversized shirt dress and our favourite aviator sunglasses. These are another pair of shoes that you’ll want to invest in a pedicure for.
We’re expecting to see these shoes everywhere this summer – on both celebrities and influencers alike. They’re already all over Instagram, so we expect them to become the must-have shoe for summer 2021. Run, don’t walk, to grab these shoes before they sell out.
What to Consider When Buying Summer Sandals
Summer sandals take a little more thought than your average everyday shoes. Our feet go through a lot during the summer. If you’re planning on wearing your sandals all day, you want a style that will absorb sweat and moisture to prevent odour gathering in your shoes. No one likes the smell of feet.
If you can, it’s usually best to buy sandals in person as the size can vary. You might find that you have to go down half a size for a comfortable fit. If you’re buying sandals online, take a few extra seconds to double-check the recommended sizing before you checkout.
The material can make or break the wearability of your summer sandals. While the rubber Gucci slides are iconic, you won’t want to be caught in an unexpected rainstorm in them. If you’re not sure what the weather is going to bring, leather sandals are a tried-and-tested style that will see you through anything.
Which sandals are you buying this summer? Do you have a favourite style or are you re-wearing a classic from your closet? Let us know in the comments below!

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