Of All the Summer Sandals Out There, These 8 Will Make the Most Impact

Perhaps it's that pedicure I've just been for, but at this precise moment, all I can think about are sandals. I've only invested in one pair this season (Dune's Longisland chunky flip-flops, in case you were wondering), and now that summer is officially upon us, I now realise that I seriously lack in the sandal department.

I only buy new sandals every other year, or longer if I can help it, so I can only assume that in 2019, I decided to rid myself of all my tatty sandals come autumn with the view of replenishing them in 2020. Considering last year was something of a write-off, it's only now that I see I neglected to do so.

There's an upside to starting from scratch, though. It means I can invest in versatile styles that will form my core collection, pairs I'll wear summer after summer. And there are a few categories I've set my sights on. From sexy slingbacks to comfy sliders, staples make up the majority of my sandal wish list. Still, there are a few trending pairs I'm tempted by, including ones with tie ankles, chain details and stacked soles. Scroll on to see what I think are the best sandals for women this summer, and perhaps you'll be able to fill a gap in your sandal collection as you go.

1. SLINGBACK

Best Sandals for Women: @cassdimicco wears a pair of white slingback heeled sandals

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Style Notes: Slingback sandals are always my go-to (especially when it comes to heels) as they help to elongate my petite pins. Regardless of that, there's no denying they look incredibly chic with shorter hemlines. 

2. TOE-POST

Style Notes: Suffice to say, I don't know what I would have done without my chunky toe-post sandals this season—so much so, I think everyone should have a pair at their disposal. 

Best Sandals for Women: @aimeesong wears a pair of ankle-tie sandals with a pair of jeans

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Style Notes: I'm a sucker for tie details, and while they're reigning supreme on tops and skirts, I've noticed they're cropping up on sandals, too. Personally, I think they look their coolest worn with straight-leg jeans, much like Aimee Song's. 

4. CHAIN DETAILS

Best Sandals for Women: @greceghanem wears a pair of pink sandals with a chain detail

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Style Notes: While very much a new trend, sandals with delicate chains won't date any time soon. Plus, it takes all the effort out of finding an anklet to match. I believe they call that a win-win. 

5. SIMPLE SLIDES

Best Sandals for Women: @dwfashion wears a pair of black leather sliders with a printed midi dress

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Style Notes: No sandal arsenal would be complete without a pair of go-with-everything slides. And trust me when I say leather or suede styles go with ev-ery-thing

Best Sandals for Women: @chainkyr wears a pair of platform sandals with stacked soles

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Style Notes: Chunky soles have begun to crop up all over the footwear scene and are a great way of adding height to your silhouette (especially if you're not quite ready to step out in high heels just yet). 

7. PUFFED-UP STRAPS

Best Sandals for Women: @greceghanem wears a pair of sandals with padded straps

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Style Notes: I don't know about you, but as someone who's prone to blisters, I find the idea of comfy, padded straps wholly appealing. 

8. '90S MULES

Best Sandals for Women: @deborabrosa wears a pair of minimal '90s-style mule sandals

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Style Notes: '90s fashion trends tend to ebb and flow in popularity, but one that's proving to be consistent is minimal mules. I prefer mine with midi heels, as they enhance the throwback vibe. Black and tan will always be what I gravitate towards, but there is something tempting about this hot-pink pair. 

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