Best sandals: ditch your boots, sandal season has arrived

The arrival of the best sandals in stores can only mean one thing, summer is on its way...

model wearing a pair of the best sandals 2021
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Pack away your winter coat and cast your socks aside because sandal season is officially upon us. Here are the best sandals to shop now, as chosen by our fashion team.

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 like 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 like 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 like chic sliders, gladiator sandals, and Birkenstocks 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, as the biggest trend for 2021's best sandals is comfort. Join us in stocking up on styles with flat soles, adjustable straps, and supportive 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 summer dresses. 

Best sandals – 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

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. 

best sandals: H&M Leather Sandals

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H&M Leather Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $59.99

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

Super supportive

best sandals: Teva Women's Original Universal

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As we've already mentioned, comfort is big news when it comes to sandals. Head to brands like Tever and Birkenstock for stylish sandals that more than deliver on comfort too. Blisters, what blisters?

Teva Women's Original Universal

Specifications
RRP: £40

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

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 shades will go with almost anything in your holiday wardrobe. 

best sandals: Boden Leonara Raffia Slides

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Boden Leonara 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

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 like satin or high-shine patent leather.

best sandals: Reiss Zhane Satin Strappy Wrap Sandals

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Reiss Zhane Satin Strappy Wrap Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $140/£145

best sandals: La Redoute Metallic Flat Gladiator Sandals

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La Redoute Metallic Flat Gladiator Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $46/£32

best sandals: & Other Stories Strappy Block Heel Leather Sandals

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Specifications
RRP: $129/£85

Slides

Potentially the easiest item in your wardrobe to slip on and off, what we love most about slides 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

best sandals: Stradivarius Flat Strappy Sandals

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Stradivarius Flat Strappy Sandals

Specifications
RRP: $49.90/£25.99