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

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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

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.

The Row Bare Slingback Sandals (£650)

& Other Stories Strappy Leather Slingback Sandals (£65)

By Far Renata Leather Slingback Sandals (£129)

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.

Dune Longisland Sandals (£90)

FitFlop Myla Toe-Post Sandals (£80)

Marks and Spencer Leather Flatform Flip Flops (£35)

3. ANKLE-TIE

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.

River Island Green Wide-Fit Ankle-Tie Sandals (£45)

Charles & Keith Knotted Tie-Around Sandals (£55)

& Other Stories Block Heel Strappy Leather Sandals (£85)

4. CHAIN DETAILS

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.

H&M Metal Chain Sandals (£35)

Sandro Leather Chain-Detail Sandals (£217)

Bottega Veneta Chain Embellished Sandals (£615)

5. SIMPLE SLIDES

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.

Dune Loupe Slider Sandals (£85)

Reformation Marcella Ruched Flat Sandals (£150)

& Other Stories Leather Square Toe Slip On Sandals (£65)

6. STACKED SOLES

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).

& Other Stories Leather Platform Sandals (£85)

Free People High Standards Flatform Sandals (£228)

Monki Flatform Sandals (£36)

7. PUFFED-UP STRAPS

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.

Proenza Schouler Puffy Slider Sandals (£475)

Bottega Veneta Rubber Lido Padded Mules (£655)

Zara Flat Padded Sandals (£23)

8. '90S MULES

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.

Who What Wear Penelope Heeled Mules (£90)

Russell & Bromley Mojito Heeled Mules (£215)

Marks and Spencer Leather Open Toe Mules (£40)

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