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

collage of the best sandals
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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. Summer 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. 

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. 

"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.

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 moulded footbeds—without fear of a fashion faux pas. 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

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  • Barely there: 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. 
  • 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. Blisters, what blisters?
  • Nice and natural: 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. 
  • Super strappy: 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.
  • 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. 

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.

best sandals: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

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Birkenstock

Reasons to buy
+Comfortable fit+Arch support 

Birkenstock has topped our list of the best sandals for good reason. Reliable in both style and substance, this is footwear you’ll reach for season after season. The moulded footbed and choice of widths makes them a good option for anyone with flat feet or in need of extra arch support. Available in pretty much any colour you could hope for. 


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Birkenstock Florida Fresh Soft Nubuck Leather

RRP: $135/£80

Not one, not two, but three straps help to provide a spot-on fit. There's an additional foam layer in the sole too for top-notch comfort.


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Birkenstock Madrid Big Buckle

RRP: $135/£80

A more minimal take on Birkenstock's staple two-strap design. The supersoft suede only looks better with age. 


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Birkenstock Gizeh 

RRP: $99.95/£60

The look of a flip-flop with all the support of a pair of walking boots. Perfect for holidays. 


By Far Tanya Leather Sandals

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By Far

Reasons to buy
+Sleek and stylish+Quality fabrics 

Founded in 2016, By Far is relatively new on the sandal scene. They’ve made a big impact though, with a cult following among the fashion set. The designs are sleek and minimal, with a whiff of the 90s about them, and available in a broad spectrum of shades.  


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By Far Tanya Leather Sandals

RRP $390/£280

Low on detail but big on impact, these sandals would work just as well for occasions as they would with jeans. 


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By Far Lana Gloss Leather

RRP: $475/£345

A classic with a contemporary edge, we love the over-sized knot and mule shape. 


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By Far Lima Leather Sandals

RRP: $425/£310

The luxe leather makes slipping your feet into these mules a real treat. The red version gets our vote. 


best sandals: Everlane The City Sandal

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Everlane

Reasons to buy
+Affordable prices+Timeless designs 

Everlane takes an ethical approach to all clothing and accessories, making their sandals a good investment for the planet-conscious. The simple styles won’t date either. Make a beeline for the ReNew collection, carefully crafted from recycled materials. Meghan Markle is a fan of Everlane shoes, having stepped out in their slingbacks during her royal tour of South Africa.


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Everlane The Day Crossover Sandal

RRP: $78/£74

Pretty and polished, the buttery soft and sunshine-hued leather will only get better the more you wear them. 


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Everlane The ReNew Strappy Sandal

RRP: $38/£36

One for the eco-conscious shoppers, these sandals are made from 100% recycled materials. Available in 5 shades. 


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Everlane The Day Toe-Post Sandal

RRP: $78/£74

Find your feet go straight through sliders? This toe post pair might be the perfect pick for you. The slight wedge heel makes for a comfortable fit.


Kurt Geiger Orion Floral Strappy Sandals

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Kurt Geiger

Reasons to buy
+On-trend shapes+Wide choice of styles 

Tip-toeing the line between affordable and luxury, Kurt Geiger is at the higher end of the high-street but still remains relatively purse-friendly. The brand champions creativity, reflected in the rainbow of colours on offer. They’re fans of a quirky detail too, reflected in their use of hardware, prints and texture. 


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Kurt Geiger Carvela Comfort Saz

RRP: $136/£99

A gladiator sandal is a staple that will never date. The over-sized studs are an eye-catching addition. 


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Kurt Geiger London Maci 

RRP: $155/£119

Flatforms are far easier to walk in than high heels. The cork sole makes these casual enough for daytime wear too. 


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Kurt Geiger Carvela Comfort Sofia

RRP: $109/£79

A padded footbed = feeling like you're walking on air. Create a colour clash by teaming this hot orange shade with other brights.


Mango Asymmetric Leather Sandals

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Mango

Reasons to buy
+Purse-friendly prices+Fashion forward designs 

Mango’s sandal aesthetic is low on detail, big on impact. Expect minimalist, structured shapes in buttery soft leathers or vegan-friendly alternatives. Slightly more expensive than other high-street brands, the rise in price is reflected in the quality of the fabrics and attention to detail. 


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Mango Buckle Leather Sandals

RRP: $79.99/£49.99

The all-black design means the gold buckle really stands out. Wear with everything from jeans to dresses. 


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Mango Leather Straps Sandals

RRP: $79.99/£49.99

The square toe and abstract heel set these apart from your average stiletto. This coral hue is perfect for summer. 


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Mango Ankle-Cuff Sandals

RRP: $39.99/£19.99

One for the minimalists, these barely-there beige sandals will go with everything in your wardrobe. 


best sandals: Teva Women's Original Universal

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Teva

Reasons to buy
+Super supportive+Wide range of colours 

Teva sandals have enjoyed a surge in popularity for the last couple of seasons. No longer just considered for walking holidays and hikes, these practical sandals are being worn with everything from printed midi dresses to slinky slip skirts. Thoughtful touches like padded, adjustable straps and wide, grooved soles ensure maximum comfort. 


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Teva Terra Fi 5 Universal

RRP: $100/£85

One of Teva's lightest sandals, these are perfect for long days. The fast-dry fabric is great for hot days or unexpected downpours. 


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Teva Original Universal Tie-Dye

RRP: $50/£45

A tie-dye take on Teva's original style. The moulded outsole gives extra support to your feet. 


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Teva Hurricane XLT2

RRP: $70/£65

New and improved traction means these sandals are ready for all terrains. We love the colour-block finish. 


best sandals: Zara Women Flat Sandals

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Zara

Reasons to buy
+Really affordable+Very on-trend 

Zara consistently delivers on fashion-forward, could-be-designer pieces at affordable prices. Their sandal offering is no different, and they’ve nodded to all this season’s latest trends, from super strappy gladiators to barely-there mules. Expect to pay more for suede and leather. 

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Zara Flat Sandals with Tubular Straps

RRP: $49.90/£27.99

Fully embrace the trend for strappy sandals with this wrap-around pair. Available in three shades. 


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Zara Flat Leather Sandals

RRP: $49.90/£29.99

A pair of white sandals will always earn their keep in your wardrobe.  The cut-out design gives this pair a Grecian feel. 


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Zara Flat Sandals with Metallic Bow

RRP: $39.90/£25.99

A flat with flair. The fabric bow is both feminine and super soft against your feet. 


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.

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.