The Ultimate Summer Sandal Shopping Guide

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Your summer Fridays have been OK'd, your mini vacays upstate are booked... the only thing left is to make sure your summertime wardrobe is on lock, too. Let's start from the bottom, shall we? A solid, stylish pair of summer sandals is indispensable for a summer to remember—just make sure you choose a pair that'll work as well on the pavement as on the playa. We've rounded up the best options from wedges to printed stunnas to start your hunt with—here are our favorite summer sandals to kick off your trip!

Flat Sandals

Bright-Colored Flat Sandals

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Above, from left: Stella McCartney Crossover Raffia Sandals, $375, available at Net-A-Porter; Topshop Francine Suede Sandals, $70, available at Topshop; Mossimo Perl Flat Sandals, $17.99, available at Target.

Strappy Flat Sandals

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Above, from left: BCBGeneration Rouge Flat Strappy Sandals, $79, available at BCBG; Madewell Silverlake Sandals, $125, available at Madewell.

Patterned Flat Sandals



Above, from left: Dolce Vita Bandelier Sandals, $70, available at Anthropologie; Loeffler Randall x SUNO Audra Flat Sandals, $475, available at Loeffler Randall; Aldo Wyatta Sandals, $60, available at Aldo.

T-Strap Sandals

Above, from left: BC Footwear Jeweled Sandals, $49.95, available at Endless; Aldo Rothrock Synthetic Sandals, $35, available at Aldo; CK Collection Flat Sandals, $295, available at Bloomingdale's.

Wedges & Platforms

Espadrille Wedges

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Above, from left: Isabel Toledo For Payless Striped Vespadrill, $59.99, available at Payless; Theodora and Callum Espadrille Sandals, $395, available at Net-A-Porter.

2011 summer sandals for women

Above, clockwise from top left: Cooperative Canvas Strap Wedges, $48, available at Urban Outfitters; Diane von Furstenberg Zia Suede Criss-Cross Platforms, $280, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Halston Heritage Stella Zip-Detailed Suede Sandals, $225, available at Net-A-Porter; Carvela Platform Block Heeled Sandals, $251, available at ASOS; Jessica Simpson Bendie Platform Sandals, $88.95, available at Nordstrom.

Chunky Slingback Sandals

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Above, from left: Two Lips Slingback Revamp Sandals, $89.95, available at Endless; KORS Michael Kors Raffia Sandals, $225, available at Michael Kors; Anthropologie To The Sky Platforms, $218, available at Anthropologie.

Bright-Colored Platform & Wedge Sandals


Espadrille Platform Sandals

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Above, from left: Miu Miu Woven Leather Platform Sandals, $675, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Nine West Adored Sandals, $99, available at Nine West; Envoy Ahoy Sandals, $49.95, available at DSW.

Strappy Platform Sandals

Madewell summer sandals for women

Above, clockwise from top left: Madewell Silverlake Sandals, $148, available at Madewell; See by Chloé Wooden Platform Sandals, $345, available at Bloomingdale's; River Island Strappy Sandals, $98.60, available at ASOS; Rosegold Suede Platforms, $168, available at Shopbop; Lucky Brand Persia Sandals, $109, available at Macy's.