Summer is coming which means breezier clothes and open shoes.

If you are ditching the boots, giving yourself a home pedicure and looking for sandals to keep your feet cooler while out and about, you will find all the best women’s sandals for summer below.

No matter whether you are looking for comfortable sandals for walking, a pair of stylish everyday sandals or dressier sandals with a little heel, you’ll find plenty of choices in this article.

What the best women’s sandals for summer are for you will depend on where you want to wear 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 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 below which will be good for sightseeing or just walking in your neighborhood, sandals to take you through from day to evening, and sandals which you should be able to walk for miles in without any discomfort.

How to choose the best women’s sandals for you

Before we look at some of the best sandals in stores for summer, let’s consider what to think about when choosing your sandals…

1. Buy the right size

best women's sandals - Kareen in black mules | 40plusstyle.com

It goes without saying that you need to find the right size for your feet for any pair of shoes. But if you choose an ill-fitting pair of sandals it can be more obvious given that you can see your feet.

Kareen (above) chooses a pair which have just the right amount of room at the toes.

Get her look with this similar dress, cardigan, sandals, clutch and earrings.

2. Do you need support?

Best sandals for women this summer | 40plusstyle.com

Just as with the rest of your shoes, it’s important you choose comfortable shoes. If you need arch support, opt for a pair of sandals which offer you that rather than a pair which are too flat.

Dayle (above) wears a pair of timeless Fly London sandals which feature a wedge heel.

Complete her look with this similar tunic shirt and pants.

3. What material should you choose?

Best women's sandals - Melinda in white strappy shoes | 40plusstyle.com

This is a personal preference. You may prefer a synthetic material. Or if you want a material with some give that will allow your feet to breathe, leather or suede will work.

Melinda (above) opts for a pair of strappy white sandals and wears matching nail polish.

Steal her look with this similar dress, sandals and earrings.

4. Choose sandals for your activity

Best women's sandals - Rachel in red slip ons | 40plusstyle.com

There’s obviously a difference in the type of sandals you will need if you are heading out to for the evening, or if you are walking through the countryside. You may need several types of sandals.

Rachel (above) opts for a pair of red sandals that are easy to slip on and will protect her feet from the pebbly beach.

Check out this similar shirt, pants, sandals and crossbody bag.

Best women’s sandals for summer

Now let’s look at some sandal styles you could choose for the upcoming weeks.

1. Popular sandals: Best 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 6,000 reviews on Nordstrom, with most giving five stars.

Tory Burch Metal Miller Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch Metal Miller Sandal

Another totally timeless option is a pair of Havianas like the gold ones below. These are ideal for popping on by the pool or on the beach.

Havaianas 'You' Flip Flop | 40plusstyle.com

Havaianas ‘You’ Flip Flop

2. Best women’s sandals for summer – wedge sandals

Best sandals for women this summer | 40plusstyle.com

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

There’s always my beloved Fly London shoes that I bought years ago and they are still going strong.

Above I’m wearing them 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.

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

When it comes to the best women’s sandals, they’re definitely my favorites. I’d love to hear yours.

best women's sandals - Fly London 'Yala' perforated wedge sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Fly London ‘Yala’ perforated wedge sandal

Another classic option if you want a little height is the Bueno Ida Wedge (below) which come in a choice of neutral shades.

Bueno 'Ida' Wedge Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Bueno ‘Ida’ Wedge Sandal

Or, you could add a pop of color with the UGG slip on wedges (below) which would look lovely worn with your white jeans. They also feature a cushioned insole for extra comfort.

UGG 'Eirene' Espadrille Wedge Slide Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

UGG ‘Eirene’ Espadrille Wedge Slide Sandal

If you just want a very subtle heel, how about the Kenneth Cole wedges (below) which are around 1.25 inches high and come in a huge range of colors. Reviewers say they are cute and comfortable.

Kenneth Cole REACTION Gal T-Strap Wedge Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Kenneth Cole REACTION Gal T-Strap Wedge Sandal

3. Best slides for every day

The best women's sandals for summer 2021 | 40plusstyle.com

There’s nothing that looks more carefree, or is easier to put on that a pair of slides. These are sure to appeal if you have a natural style personality like Jennifer Aniston.

Claire (above) opts for casual elegance with her sliders and maxi dress.

Recreate her outfit with this similar eyelet dress and sandals.

Below are some more options you may like.

Tory Burch 'Ines' Slide Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch ‘Ines’ Slide Sandal

Naturalizer 'Ashford' Slide Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Naturalizer ‘Ashford’ Slide Sandal

Seychelles 'Ray of Sunshine' Slide Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Seychelles ‘Ray of Sunshine’ Slide Sandal

4. espadrilles

Best women's sandals - Abi in espadrilles | 40plusstyle.com

Espadrilles are definitely a shoe choice for summer. You certainly wouldn’t want those soles to get wet, but they are perfect for the warmer, sunny months.

Abi (above) wears espadrille wedges with her jeans and tiered top.

Steal her look with this similar blouse, jeans, espadrilles and tote.

Vince Camuto 'Jeliany' Espadrille Flat | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto ‘Jeliany’ Espadrille Flat

Soda VALETT Espadrille Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Soda VALETT Espadrille Sandal

5. strappy sandals

Strappy sandals are always on trend and are a great way to stay cool and comfortable during the warmer weather.

Nine West 'Drama' Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Nine West ‘Drama’ Sandal

Steve Madden 'Donddi' Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Steve Madden ‘Donddi’ Sandal

ComfortablE sandals

Best women's sandals - Jenny in Birkenstocks | 40plusstyle.com

If you are looking for sandals because you like walking at home or you like sightseeing, then you will need a comfortable pair of sandals to make sure you can walk all day without getting sore feet.

Below are some of the best comfy sandals for walking to choose this summer.

1. sandals with support

Birkenstock is often recommended by podiatrists if you need additional support because its sandals feature a contoured footbed.

Jenny (above) wears her Birkenstock sandals with cut off shorts.

Complete her look with this similar shirt, cardigan and denim shorts (plus size option here).

Best women's sandals - Birkenstock Arizona Hex Slide Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Birkenstock Arizona Hex Slide Sandal

As an alternative, you could also look at the Cushionaire sandals (below) from Amazon which have suede insoles to form a contour of the foot when they are worn in. Reviewers say they are super comfortable, but advise sizing up.

CUSHIONAIRE 'Luna' Cork Footbed Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

CUSHIONAIRE ‘Luna’ Cork Footbed Sandal

Also take a look at our list of the best shoes with arch support for more comfort options.

2. slingback

You don’t have to stick to flats for comfort. The hip heels (below) also feature a cushioned footbed and will add modernity to your outfits thanks to the two-tone detailing and exposed seams.

Bueno 'Reno' Slingback Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Bueno ‘Reno’ Slingback Sandal

3. Walking sandals for women

It may be that you are doing some serious sightseeing. In which case, you may want to choose a pair of sandals especialy designed for walking or hiking, like the Rockport sandals (below).

Best womens sandals - Rockport Cobb Hill 'Rubey' Woven Strap Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Rockport Cobb Hill ‘Rubey’ Woven Strap Sandal

Another good choice for some serious walking, or if you are doing anything like rafting are these Teva sandals. As well as being practical, they also happen to look very trendy for 2021.

Teva 'Tirra' Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Teva ‘Tirra’ Sandal

4. Sandals with a little heel – dressier sandals

Best women's sandals - Suzie in heeled sandals | 40plusstyle.com

If you want a sandal which looks a little dressier – perhaps to go with a dress, or for a more formal occasion (when we’re all able to go to events once more), then you may prefer to look for a more versatile sandal, with a small heel.

Suzie (above)chooses a simple, yet stylish pair of black heeled sandals with an ankle strap.

Check out this cold shoulder blouse from Shein and Karen Kane that you can wear with this similar pair of jeans and ankle strap sandals.

There are more heeled options for you below, which all feature either a block heel, or a relatively low heel that won’t be uncomfortable to walk in.

Michael Kors 'Amos' Block Heel Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Michael Kors ‘Amos’ Block Heel Sandal

Best women's sandals - Naturalizer 'True Colors Vera' Ankle Strap Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Naturalizer ‘True Colors Vera’ Ankle Strap Sandal

Zodiac 'Ivy' Block Heel Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Zodiac ‘Ivy’ Block Heel Sandal

J. Reneé 'Soncino' Ankle Strap Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

J. Reneé ‘Soncino’ Ankle Strap Sandal

Bueno 'Eden' Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Bueno ‘Eden’ Sandal

Check out our list of the best plantar fasciitis shoes for women over 40 for more options.

5. Transitional sandals

If the weather is changeable where you are, a pair of sandals which are a kind of bootie-sandal hybrid can look perfect with your outfits. Take a look at the choices below.

Best women's sandals - Söfft Coraline Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Söfft Coraline Sandal

Best women's sandals - Bella Vita 'Amara' Sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Bella Vita ‘Amara’ Sandal

What do you consider the best women’s sandals for summer? Do you have any favorite brands, or a pair you wear summer after summer? Let me know in the comments below.

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