It’s almost that time of year to ditch the boots and book that pedicure! With summer almost upon us, here are some of the best women’s sandals for summer to try.

Best women’s sandals for summer

What the best women’s sandals for summer are for you will depend on where you want to where them, for how long, and for which activities. As well as, for example, your foot shape and width, and whether you need any arch support.

I’ve concentrated on 10 of the best sandal styles for this summer which are not only on trend now, but which are timeless enough to wear for many summers to come.

There are sandals here which will be good for sightseeing, sandals to take you through from day to evening, and sandals which you should be able to walk for miles in without any discomfort.

best women’s sandals for summer: Flip flops

I know flip flops are more usually associated with comfort rather than style.

But, perhaps it’s worth investing a little more in your flip flops for a look which offers both, so that you can easily go from beach to cocktail bar, or wherever else your vacation takes you.

The Miller flip flops from Tory Burch are a classic style from the brand which is on trend year after year. This style has more than 5,000 reviews on Nordstrom, giving close to 5 stars.

“Everyone needs a pair of Millers in their life! Amazing!!! I wear these almost every day in the summer!” – Tori

“It took me 3 years to finally buy a pair, and I’m so glad that I took the plunge and ordered!” – AMalone

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Tory Burch flip flops


Do you need shoes with special arch support? You will love our overview of shoes with arch support

Best platform sandals

Possibly the biggest shoe trend for spring and summer last year was the platform.

And this trend is definitely not going anywhere for summer 2019. Designers including Jil Sander, Gabriela Hearst and Phillip Lim featured platform sandals in their runway shows.

Raised soles are on everything from sandals to sneakers and give you a modern vibe while elongating your legs. Wear with wide-legged pants for a totally on-trend look.

Eileen Fisher’s sport platform sandal definitely tie into the athleisure trend, and they have 428 reviews on Nordstrom, giving an average of 4.5 stars.

“They are fun and oh so comfortable. I love everything about them.” – Chi

“What a delightful sandal. The straps are soft and make walking easy; my foot doesn’t slide around.” – kccd

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Eileen Fisher platform sandal

best women’s Black sandals

While black can sometimes look ‘heavy’ for spring and summer, when it’s in sandal form, you can get away with it, as you’ll have some bare feet showing through.

Plus, black can add a dressier vibe, taking you effortlessly from daytime sightseeing to dinner.

I love this new sandals style from Comfortiva. The wood-effect low wedge adds interest while the perforated leather should keep you cool.

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Comfortiva wedge sandals

Best women’s sandals for summer – wedge sandals

Wedge sandals offer the option of adding some height without adding the discomfort which can come from wearing heels.

I love my Fly London sandals, which I wear with pretty much everything year round. They’re incredibly comfortable and offer good arch support.

Also, take a look at this piece on the best shoes with arch support.

My sandals have an ankle strap, but if you want to opt for a pair which don’t have an ankle strap for summer, you could try the Yaji cross wedge sandal.

 “So comfortable. I can walk for hours in these shoes!” – Scrappypeanut

“I could walk all day in these beauties. They are so comfortable and the design is for walking. I don’t feel the platform except for the height they provide. The elastic bands keep the foot stable and they look pretty on the foot in a modern way.” – Lizabeth

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Yajj cross wedge sandals

White sandals

Nothing says summer like white shoes! As well as being all over the runways from the likes of Prada, celebrities and trendsetters are also wearing everything from white boots to white sneakers and sandals.

Just like blacks, or metalics, they’re a fantastic neutral which will go with anything in your closet.

This pair from Naturalizer tick this season’s trend for toe post styles. They also have a cushioned footbed for extra comfort.

“Fits my foot perfectly, and it’s comfortable.. Love it.” – mediumtoobig
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Silver sandals

In the same way that nude shoes go with everything and make your legs look extra long, silver shoes can add a touch of the unexpected to a summer outfit, whether you style with cropped jeans or a beach kaftan.

Investing in a pair of metallic sandals could provide an update to other pieces you already have in your closet. Silver shoes are great for adding some oomph to plain basics.

These strappy silver sandals are relatively inexpensive if you don’t want to spend too much on your vacation shoes, but they have a whopping 2,503 reviews on Amazon, giving a score of 4.5 stars.

“I don’t usually write reviews, but these sandals are beautiful! They fit perfectly, and are comfortable as well. I’ve received several compliments.” – ds959

“I bought these to take to Thailand. I took them without having worn them once back home, but they worked so WELL! I explored the city, I hiked through the jungle, and didn’t get a single blister.” – Sabrina

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Blowfish Malibu fisherman’s sandals

Gold sandals

I know we’ve just had silver shoes, but I also love gold shoes for summer. They look especially stunning when paired with white outfits. Try with a white dress and statement gold necklace, or white cropped pants.

I love the simplicity of this Sam Edelman pair, which feature plaited leather in a molten gold color.

They have 111 reviews on Nordstrom, giving an average of 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Love these sandals. They’re super comfortable and weirdly do not slip off my feet. I’ve worn them up mountains, down cobblestone allies and to nice dinners. Highly recommend!” – missrene

As well as gold sandals, I love the Rollie flats I bought for travelling recently. You can see them in this article on comfortable shoes for walking.

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Sam Edelman slides

Red sandals

Who says spring and summer have to be all about pastel shades?

A splash of vibrant color can be a great way to add interest to an outfit.


Red shoes can look particularly beautiful with white dresses. There are more tips here for wearing red and white together. Add a matching bag and necklace and you’re good to go!


I love the contrast between the white sole and the red uppers on these Munro sandals.

“The best sandals ever. This is the second time I’ve ordered the exact same style and color. It is difficult to find comfortable sandals, but I wore them all last summer and never got a blister!” – Julie

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Munro sandals

Strappy sandals

Sandals with lots of straps were a key trend on the spring / summer 2019 runways.

Designers including Marni, Jacquemus and Giambattista Valli all showcased sandals which had lots of straps, or which had long straps designed to be wound around the ankle.

Just be careful if you want to elongate your legs though as straps at the ankle can make them look shorter.

These Louise et Cie strappy sandals are new for this summer. They have a zip at the back, so they’re easier to get into than many other sandals with lots of straps.

Plus the gold buckles down the center add a luxurious touch.

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Louise et Cie strappy sandals

Closed toe sandals

If you can’t bear to get that pedicure just yet or you are self-conscious about your feet or toes, then closed toe sandals can be a great option.

You might want to hide bunions, for example.

Opt for espadrille styles or shoes in pale shades or metallics to ensure you still look summery even without your toes on display!

These Toni Pons espadrilles come in a range of colors and have good reviews, giving an average of 4.5 stars.

“I have been looking for espadrille for years. They’re normally too high or the fabric is not forgiving for long walks. This pair is perfection.” – classicmadame
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Wedge sandals for summer

Finally, of course there’s always my beloved Fly London shoes that I bought 4 years ago and they are still going strong.

Below I’m wearing it with a feminine outfit. I love how the bulky wedges make this outfit a little less girly and a bit more edgy. The shoes add extra height and are still super comfortable.

Since they are perforated and made of suede they feel cool to wear in summer.

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They come in all kinds of colors too and I know several women who have this shoe in multiple colors.

Fly London Arch Support shoes | 40plusstyle.comFly London Yala wedge


Want to know more about the latest shoe trends? Check out our shoe trends report for spring / summer 2019!


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