Believe it or not, summer is pretty much here. We all know that once Memorial Day weekend hits, everyone is straight ~summer state of mind~ from there on out. That being said, it’s time to go treat yo’ self to a nice-ass pedicure because sandals season is here. And, if you haven’t started shopping for your summer sandals yet, don’t worry, I’m here to help. Of course, I’m not here to recommend you just go buy yourself a basic pair of Rainbows and call it a day. No, no, you’re better than that. You’ve got more style, and if you don’t, well then take a cue from the following list! Here are the biggest trends in summer sandals and a few must-have styles for each.
1. Barely There Minimalist Sandals
The minimalist strappy sandal trend is yet another ’90s trend making a come back this season. This style has been big recently among celebs, like the Kardashian and Jenner sisters, so like, what more proof do you need? This style sandal is perfect for pairing with all your sundresses this season because it’s elevated without being over-the-top (contrary to some of the other trends on this list). This style sandal also looks cute worn with denim shorts and a button-down, or ripped jeans and a tee. Basically, it’s a must-have sandal because it’s guaranteed to look good with all of your outfits. Can’t beat that!
2. Sporty Sandals
Sporty sandals are v trendy this season, something that I’m sure a lot of you will disagree with me over in the comments section. Look, I don’t decide the trends, I just report on them, so take it easy on me. But anyways, these once deemed “nerdy” style sandals are all the rage right now, with all the designer brands showing them on their runways. It’s a hard style to pull off, but if you’re up for the challenge, I’d go for it because these sandals look comfy af.
3. Animal Print Sandals
If you haven’t already seen leopard and snake print EVERYWHERE this season, well then, you’re blind. It’s everywhere from clothes to accessories to, of course, sandals. It actually makes for a chic and wearable print for sandals because it can be styled as a neutral. They add a stylish and unexpected element to your outfit, without clashing or taking away from it. They’re an easy print to mix and match into this season’s wardrobe, making them an overall essential sandal to have in your arsenal.
4. Neon Sandals
Again, if you don’t already know that neon is a HUGE trend right now, I’m judging you. (Okay, not really because like, my ability to inform you of trends is the only reason I have a job, so thank you.) Neon is big for spring, and will continue to be big for summer as well. And tbh, this is a trend I’m here for. I mean, what looks better with your bronzed summer tan than a bright neon? Nothing. This trend was made for summer, and especially summer sandals, and I’m here for it.
5. Woven/Raffia Sandals
This is a sandal trend that is pretty much a given every summer. This style sandal just makes you want to take an Insta-worthy tropical vacation…or more realistically, at least hit up a rooftop happy hour on a summer Friday. They have a boho natural vibe, but are elevated enough to also dress up your outfits. This style usually comes in natural colors, so they’ll match everything in your closet. Which, is a great quality when you’re packing for your summer vaca since you and I both know that suitcase is easily already over 50 pounds.
So there you have it, five types of summer sandals and four options for each! Now, you have NO excuse to be wearing Rainbows this season or, dare I say, your Old Navy flip-flops. I don’t care how cheap they are, you’re a grown-ass woman and shouldn’t be buying her summer shoes from a store that advertises via commercials with adults jumping around and singing. Understood?
Images: @jonathanborba / Unsplash; Revolve (4); Zara (6); Urban Outfitters (3); Free People; ASOS (3); South Moon Under (2); Topshop (2)
This season, instead of mindlessly buying another pair of $200 out-of-style riding boots, let’s try something new. I mean, you don’t slave over Excel at your miserable 9-5 just to spend your precious paycheck on some fugly fall boots, right? Look, I get it, shopping is hard (for some). And sure, you could easily just hit up Payless with Meemaw and get another pair of tacky-ass tall brown boots, but WHY?! You’re better than that, which is why I’m here writing this article. I’m here to help you. I’m here to be a friend to you, and to take the frustration out of all your fall shoe shopping woes. So I give you the only five shoes you need for fall and exactly where to get them.
1. Staple Black Boot
Just like every girl needs a staple LBD, every girl needs a staple black boot. It’s a fall closet essential because it pairs well with legit everything. Plus, when you get home from day drinking, wasted from all those delish spiked ciders, attempting to get ready for the night to keep that weekend bender going, do you really want to use what few brain cells you have left for the day trying to figure out what shoe to wear with your dress? Didn’t think so. Just make it easier on your poor blacked-out self and get yourself staple black fall boots.
Sam Edelman Hilty Bootie
2. Statement Sneaker
Whether you’re into a chunky sneaker or not, statement sneakers are like, totally in this fall. They’re a stylish shoe option that is also super comfortable. So like, if you’re not on board, get on board. It’s not every day we get a trend that’s actually comfortable. You can get anything from a chunky white dad sneaker to this chic feminine version of Air Force Ones. Either way, you’ll be happy you have them in your closet this fall.
Nike Air Force 1 ’07 LX
Steve Madden Memory Sneaker
3. Animal Print Boots
Stop being afraid of animal print and think of it as a new neutral. Sounds counterintuitive, I know, but trust me it is. An animal print can pretty much go with any outfit. It instantly takes your basic look to a much cooler level. Snake print in particular usually comes in neutral colors. So wear this animal print to totally elevate your otherwise boring AF turtleneck and jeans this season.
Steve Madden Brave
4. Thigh Highs
Hoes, rejoice! Thigh highs are yet again a fall essential, allowing you to wear your inappropriate leather skirt or way-too-short dress, even when it’s cold outside. They’re like, basically a godsend while waiting in line for those sh*tty bars you didn’t even want to go to in the first place. Trust me, embrace this trend.
Chinese Laundry King Over The Knee Boot
5. Slouchy Boots
Pair with a skirt and tights, and you’ll instantly look chic as hell. As the name would suggest, slouchy boots give that effortlessly stylish look we all crave. Warning, though: women 20 years your senior will feel the constant need to tell you about how they wore these boots “back in the day.” But I guess that’s a relatively small price to pay for looking sooo damn good.
Lydia Tall Boot
So there you have it, no need to stress or make your fall shopping any harder than necessary. I’m going to give each and every one of you the benefit of the doubt, and assume that if you’re intelligent enough to be reading this article, then you’re smart enough to stop wasting your money on hideous things…like fugly boots.
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