10 of the best women’s sandals for summer

by Liz Hands

10 of the best women's sandals for summer 2018 | 40plusstyle.com

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 styles to try.

I have to admit, I’m more than a little in love with the pale blue strappy sandals with the pearl embellishments.

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 beach to bar!Black women's sandals | 40plusstyle.com

Charles embroidered wedge –  Kenneth Cole sandal – Calla sandal – Tamaris espadrille

Gladiator sandals

They may have been around since Roman times, but the gladiator sandals trend isn’t going anywhere! While Chanel showcased knee-high styles on the runways, I can’t help thinking about what that would mean for my tan lines! An ankle-high pair is much easier to wear. gladiator sandals | 40plusstyle.com

Sofft gladiator wedge sandalMai gladiator sandal – Sam Edelman gladiator sandalIsola cage sandal

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 metallics, they’re a fantastic neutral which will go with anything.White sandals for summer | 40plusstyle.com

Belle vita sandal – Steve Madden sandal – Franco Sarto minimalist slide – Bernie havana sandal

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.

silver women's sandals styles for summer | 40plusstyle.com

Nine West rainen sandalLauren vera embellished sandal – Bryce t-strap sandal – Alica slide

Gold women’s 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.

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Jessica Simpson sandalNaughty Monkey crystal sandal – Caslon slingback – Naturalizer mabel sandal

Lace-up sandals

Okay, they do take a little more getting on than slides or thong sandals, but lace-up shoes can add a dressier feel to an otherwise casual outfit. I love the pastel shades that are in the high street at the moment, as well as on-trend mustard and nautical stripes.

Lace-up women's sandals styles for summer | 40plusstyle.com

Soludos lace-up espadrille – Charles David birch block – Rebecca Minkoff sandal – Splendid wrap around espadrille

Strappy sandals

Sandals with lots of straps were a key trend on the SS18 runways. Sliders with multiple straps are bang-up-to-date, but strappy block heels also look great. Just be careful if you want to elongate your legs though as straps at the ankle can make them look shorter.

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BP reed strappy sandal – Sam Eddelman studded slide – Jeffrey Campbell glady sandal – Alexander tex sandal

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

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Me Too norina espadrille – Toni Pons slingback espadrille – FitFlop cova ankle strap – Toni Pons noella espadrille

Platform sandals

Possibly the biggest shoe trend for this spring and summer is the platform. 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.

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Sole Society espadrille sandal – Sarto oak platform wedge – Eileen Fisher wedge – Caslon lucas slingback

Red women’s 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!

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Trotters wedge sandal – Vince Camuto slideVince Camuto block heel sandal – Toni Pons wedge

Do you have more winter shoes than summer shoes? What trend do you have your eye on this summer? What cute sandals will you be taking on vacation?

Author bio: Liz Hands is a fashion journalist and stylist from the UK who has styled fashion shoots for newspapers, magazines and high-end clients including 5* hotels and BMW. She’s now happiest either blogging about style, or donning her favorite Barbour jacket and Brogini boots for a hack out on her crazy ex-racehorse.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lise

What a great selection! Thank you. Lise


2 Liz Hands

Thanks Lise – I’m definitely going to treat myself to one new pair this summer! I just can’t decide which ones!


3 Greetje

Isn’t this peculiar, I don’t want any of them. I suppose my aversion to flat shoes has grown bigger now that I am on flat shoes for three months. .


4 Liz Hands

I’m the opposite – I want all of them. I’ll have to bring you some heels next time Greetje!


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