Best sandals for women 2022—on-trend styles from brands including Birkenstock, Teva, and Zara

We’ve rounded up the best sandals to shop now, so you can spend more time enjoying the sunshine

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It's official, it's time to pluck your best sandals out of the wardrobe and pack away your tights. Warm weather and sunny days have arrived and we've curated the summer shoe styles that will help you step out with confidence.

There's nothing quite like the first sandal day of the season. The feeling of the sun on your feet and the breeze against your toes is unbeatable. A true signal that summer is on the horizon, getting our best sandal selection in order is high on our shopping priority list. From classic, timeless designs that you can reach for year after year, to trend led sandals that give a nod to the spring shoe trends 2022 has on offer. 

A style essential, the best sandals need to be versatile. You'll want comfy flats for casual dressing, party iterations to cover you for weddings as event season kicks off, as well as smart styles that can be worn for everything from summer workwear to sharpening up your jeans outfits. While the fashion trends set the tone for the season, it is worth noting that while there will be some key looks when it comes to footwear as many of the best sandals are timeless, meaning that you can invest without worrying that they'll date by the end of the summer. Sporty sandals, chic sliders, and gladiator-inspired designers are always a safe bet. 

"Sandals are something that don't tend to date massively, something beautifully made with good quality leather and minimal hardware will last you for years and go with everything," says Rachel Ingram, Editor in Chief at Threads Styling.

  • Sporty sandals—Seen at the likes of Stella McCartney, Hermés and Chloé, sporty sandals have once again made a big impact on the fashion crowd. Look for chunky soles, supportive strap detailing and pops of color, giving a nod to the dopamine dressing trend for a fun finish.  
  • Barely there—Minimalism is in. Designers embraced slender straps to keep sandals on models' feet without covering too much of the foot. Ideal for dressier designs and keeping tan lines at bay—look to the likes of Loewe for inspiration.
  • Super-supportive—As we've already mentioned, comfort is big news when it comes to this year's best sandals. Head to brands such as Teva and Birkenstock for stylish sandals that more than deliver on comfort too. Once the sandal you only wore on hikes, these comfortable flats have had fashion-worthy makeovers. 
  • Nice and natural—We're channeling our dreams of a trip to a far-flung destination, with high summer sandals in neutral leathers, woven styles and raffia in earthy hues. The beauty of this trend is that the neutral shades will go with almost anything in your holiday wardrobe. 
  • Gladiator Sandals—Seen on the runway at Alberta Ferretti, Paco Rabanne, Dior, Chloé, and Ports 1961, while Gladiator sandals have never really gone away, they're back in the mainstream in a big way this season. From fiddly and daring high-leg styles to foot cage iterations, they offer support and directional style in one.
  • Sliders—Potentially the easiest item in your wardrobe to slip on and off, what we love most about sliders is their similarity to our best slippers. The backless shape means there's no risk of rubbing on your heels either. 

The best sandals for summer as chosen by our fashion team 

Not sure where to start on your search for the best sandals? No problem. We’ve done the scrolling for you, bringing you a stylish edit of the key designs to shop for this season. All you need to do is perfect that at-home pedicure.

1. Best Every Day Sandals

Birkenstock sandals

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Birkenstock Arizona Buckle Sandal

Our favorite everyday sandal

Specifications

RRP: $170 / £125

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable sole
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High-quality natural leather
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Durable

Reasons to avoid

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Limited color choice

A timeless design, a black Birkenstock will slot easily into your everyday wardrobe. The oversized buckles keep this look fresh and modern and with recent collaborations with the likes of Manolo Blahnik, the brand's fashion credentials have never been higher.

Birkenstock has a reputation for making some of the most comfortable sandals and while it's advisable to wear them in over a few days, once the footbed has molded to your feet you'll never want to take them off. Pair with everything from smart summer workwear outfits to your best midi dresses at the weekend. 

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2. Best sandals for walking and hiking

teva sandals

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Teva Original Universal Sandal

Our favorite sandals for walking and hiking

Specifications

RRP: $55 / £50

Reasons to buy

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Vegan and sustainable
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Affordable
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Arch support

Reasons to avoid

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Harder to style due to color combo straps

Teva is made for comfort and while they've garnered a reputation for solid construction and a sporty feel, the fashion crowd has taken them to heart too. With a huge array of colors and designs available, catch fashion editors wearing them with everything from the best dresses to mom jeans, and even their best bathing suits, securing Teva's a spot in your ultimate vacation wardrobe. The multi-colored straps give a nod to bright color clothing, one of the hottest trends of the summer.

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3. Best sandals for the beach

hunter sandals

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Hunter Bloom Sandal

Our favorite sandals for the beach

Specifications

RRP: $65 / £50

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Adjustable straps
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Made from sustainably sourced algae

Reasons to avoid

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Not as supportive

British clothing brand, Hunter, is well known for its wellies. A favorite of festival-goers, the retailer has extensive knowledge when it comes to protective and practical footwear that still has fashion credentials. The new Bloom style won out as our favorite beach sandals for their molded style and use of innovative materials. Made from algae, this material is sourced by cleaning up natural waterways, which feels beautifully cyclical when talking about beachwear. Lightweight with a sporty feel, these chunky sandals have a durable tread for extra grip on all terrains. Ideal for long walks on the beach.

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4. Best trend-led sandals

Aldo sandals

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Aldo Yassu Sandals

Our favorite trend-led sandals

Specifications

RRP: $80 / £60