After months of raving about my favorite sneakers (these ones, if you’re curious), I started to get questions about what the sandal version of those sneakers were.
The bad news is that I didn’t have a great recommendation.
The good news is that when I asked on Instagram, I was FLOODED with great recommendations.
For me, the qualifications for good summer womens’ sandals include:
- Has a back. I know so many people love a slip-on sandal but I just cannot. I actually happened on a post from a decade ago on my blog where I mentioned this – I MUST have a back on my shoe. I’d take the hassle of putting them on once or twice a day to the annoyance of them slipping off all day long any day. If you can manage a backless shoe, I’m very jealous.
- Is comfortable. I mean, this is just the bare minimum. I want something that I can wear all summer long, on trips, to the water park and it won’t hurt my feet.
- Looks good. But I also have style standards and I’m not willing to wear a shoe that’s comfortable but ugly. I want something I can wear with a casual dress or jeans or a swimsuit. These aren’t shoes that are meant for hardcore hiking – I’m looking for a casual summer sandal that’s multi-functional.
Basically, I am PICKY about shoes.
The last pair of summer sandals I had that fit all my requirements were these Sam Edelman sandals (see the photo below) which I wore non-stop for three years until they just were completely falling apart. I’m hopeful I’ll find a new beloved pair this year!
The Best Women’s Sandals for Summer
NISOLO SLINGBACK SANDAL – $130
Sizes 5 -10
These are definitely on the pricier side for a summer sandal but people can’t get enough of them! And . . . the reviews basically speak for themselves. I’m VERY tempted to give these ones a spin this summer.
ELLA SOREL SANDAL – $78
Sizes 5 – 12
“The Ella sandal form Sorel is my favorite! They have lots of colors and a couple styles.”
“I love the Sorel Ella slingback sandals. I’m on my 3rd summer with them. The only thing is the stitching is kind of high so I have to break them in every summer, but I LOVE them.’
“I love the Sorel Women’s Ankle Strap Sandals!”
FIT FLOP – $130
Sizes 5 – 11
Jessica Turner, who knows all the good things, raved about these so much and I love the very slight wedge and the clean, classic design.
BOC (Big On Comfort) – $27.97
Sizes 6 – 11
“I like BOC (big on comfort).”
This brand DEFINITELY has some shoes that veer into grandma shoe territory (no offense to grandmas, but I’m 36 and don’t want to look like a grandma), but they have a few pairs that are much more youthful and fun looking!
BIRKENSTOCKS – $73 – $157
Sizes 4 – 12
“Birks!! Taormina, Yara or Habana styles if you want a back.”
You will be zero percent surprised to see Birkenstocks on this list – they are classics for a reason. Super comfortable and a million colors and styles (the Taormina style and the Yara both got mentioned a lot as ones with backs!).
KORK-EASE – $135
I bought a pair of Kork-Ease sandals on thredUp years ago and wore them non-stop. They really are SO comfortable and just perfectly hit that right note of casual and dressy so that you can wear them with almost anything.
REEF WATER VISTA SANDALS – $55
These are on the edge of sandals that are too “sporty” for me, but I’ve heard such raves about them and they have a slimmer silhouette, so I ordered a pair. I’ve been influenced!
SALTWATER SANDALS – $54
Sizes 4 – 9
I personally don’t care for the look of Saltwater sandals but so many people raved about them that I couldn’t leave them off the list. If you love them, go for it!
TOMS SICILIY SANDAL – $69.95
Sizes 5 – 12
Lots of raves about these womens’ sandals – they’re a classic style with a little extra pizzazz and come in four different colors. If you love a flat sandal, these are a great option.
MADEWELL MAGGIE SANDAL – $68
Sizes 5 – 11
If you love the look of a Teva (which are SUPER popular this year), but want a little bit sleeker of a look, these are a terrific option! I ordered myself a pair of these yesterday for 25% off with the code LONGWEEKEND.
LEATHER CHACOS – $110
Sizes 5 – 12
I am not interested in standard Chacos for a daily sandal (although I know many people disagree with me on that) but their leather versions are a great option that are comfortable and wearable without looking like you’re about ready to ford a river in the wilderness.
Any other favorites I’ve missed? I’d love to hear!