Best sandals for women: 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

street style models wearing some of the best sandals for women
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It's official: it's time to pluck your best sandals out of the wardrobe and cast your cozy socks aside. The summer heatwave is here, and we have a curation that'll help you step out with confidence.

As much as we love the feeling of stomping on crunchy leaves in a pair of chunky boots or running errands in trainers, nothing quite beats the easy-breeziness of a sandal. In fact, if we could wear them all year round, we definitely would.

As essential as your best jeans, summer sandals are a real capsule wardrobe staple, especially in wear-with-anything shades such as black and tan. Choose wisely, and your best sandals will take you from beach to bar (and back again) for years to come. Many will even carry you through the throes of heading back to school.

It’s worth noting here that one of the best-kept secrets in fashion is that if you want to bag a real bargain, you need to shop out of season. That means stocking up on summer essentials such as bathing suits and sandals long before the mercury starts to rise. Just like clothing trends, the key styles of sandals will vary slightly from season to season, but classics—such as chic sliders and gladiator sandals—are always a safe bet. 

If you do want to opt for something a bit more fashion-forward, then we have good news for you and your feet; the biggest trend for 2021's best sandals is comfort. From hiker sandals at Teva to supportive sandals with arch support at Birkenstock, join us in embracing adjustable straps and molded footbeds—without fear of a fashion faux pas. If you suffer from foot, heel, or arch pain, Vionic and Clarks also make some of the best sandals for plantar fasciitis. Flashes of color will stop these could-be-walking shoes from looking too functional.

If you’re willing to give heels a go, minimal, barely-there sandals are the order of the day. They have the benefit of making your legs look longer than a sandal with straps would, making them the perfect partner for your best dresses

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 an affordable edit of the key styles to shop this summer. All you need to do is book that pedicure.

Barely-there sandals

Minimalism is in. This blink-and-you'll miss it trend is all about neutral tones and sleek, clean lines. There's not a scrap of added detail in sight, and we like it that way. Wear with a monochrome outfit to play on the pared-back feel. 

Mint Velvet Ivy Pale Pink Mule Sandals

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Mint Velvet Ivy Pale Pink Mule Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $165/ £99

best sandals: Mango Leather Straps Sandals


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Mango Leather Straps Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $59.99/ £35.99

best sandals: m&s Autograph Leather Kitten Heel Sandals

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M&S Autograph Leather Kitten Heel Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $85/ £49.50

Mango Asymmetric Leather Sandals

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Mango Asymmetric Leather Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $59.99/ £35.99

Super-supportive sandals

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. Blisters, what blisters?

best sandals: Teva Women's Original Universal

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Teva Women's Original Universal

Specifications
RRP: £40

Kurt Geiger Orion Floral Strappy Sandals

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Kurt Geiger Orion Floral Strappy Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $150/ £129

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Stay comfy while dressing your feet for summer—these floral sandals feature a gorgeous embellished strap, and provide extra support with a ridged sole.

best sandals: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

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Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

Specifications
RRP: $135/ £80

best sandals: Clarks Mira Sea Navy

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Clarks Mira Sea Navy

Specifications
RRP: $65/ £55

fitflop sandal

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FitFlop Walkstar Leather Toe-Post Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $85/ £70

Nice-and-natural sandals

We're channeling our dreams of a trip to a far-flung destination into footwear, with woven leathers and raffia in earthy hues. The beauty of this trend is that the neutral shades will go with almost anything in your holiday wardrobe. 

Mint Velvet Ellen Beige Braided Flip Flops

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Mint Velvet Ellen Beige Braided Flip Flops

Specifications
RRP: $99/ £59

best sandals: Boden Leonora Raffia Slides

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Boden Leonora Raffia Slides

Specifications
RRP: $85/ £60

best sandals: Dune Libra Lattice Mules

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Dune Libra Lattice Mules

Specifications
RRP: $109/ £80

best sandals: Zara Women Flat Sandals

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Zara Women Flat Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $49.90/ £29.99

Strappy sandals

If you're prepared to do the fiddly groundwork, strappy sandals will reward you with a polished finish. A great choice for evening wear, our top picks include luxe fabrics such as satin or high-shine patent leather.

Banana Republic Leather Gladiator Sandals

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Banana Republic Leather Gladiator Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $118/ £75

& Other Stories Chunky Strap Heeled Leather Sandals

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Specifications
RRP: $129/ £85

Ted Baker London Mathar Flat Studded Gladiator Sandal

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Ted Baker London Mathar Flat Studded Gladiator Sandal

Specifications
RRP: $160/ £99

best sandals: Reiss Zhane Satin Strappy Wrap Sandals

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Reiss Zhane Satin Strappy Wrap Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $140/ £145

Sliders

Potentially the easiest item in your wardrobe to slip on and off, what we love most about sliders is their similarity to our beloved slippers. The backless shape means there's no risk of rubbing on your heels either. 

best sandals: Everlane The City Sandal

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Everlane The City Sandal

Specifications
RRP: $83/ £83

Burberry Vintage Check Slides

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Burberry Vintage Check Slides

Specifications
RRP: $340/ £250

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If you want to achieve casual luxury, these Burberry sliders with their iconic check design and lazy slip-on style will do just that. The contoured insole adds an extra touch of comfort, while the thick rubber material adds a layer of support to the casual shoe.

LK Bennett Robyn Buckle Strap Suede Sandals

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LK Bennett Robyn Buckle Strap Suede Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $285/ £175

Stradivarius Flat Ruched Sandals

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Stradivarius Flat Ruched Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $29.90/ £19.99

United Colours of Benetton Pink Sliders with Rouches

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United Colours of Benetton Pink Sliders with Rouches

Specifications
RRP: $42/ £29.95

Banana Republic Leather Gladiator Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $118/ £75
Jess Beech

Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. 


She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!


Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress. 


The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.