Each summer brings about new trends in footwear, and this year’s summer is no exception. In fact, this summer’s sandal trends are some of the most distinctive and noticeable that I’ve seen in years. The good news is, we’re moving away from flip flops and towards shoes with much more support. Women have finally realized that walking around only in flip flops year after year takes its toll on their feet, and this is evident by the larger variety of sandals that aren’t flip flops available in stores today. Personally, I love how easy it is to slip on a pair of flip flops and they’re still the best choice for the beach or the pool, but for the sake of this blog post only actual sandals are going to be featured.
Sandal Trend #1: Birkenstock-style soles
This is the biggest sandal trend of the season and it’s also the best one for your feet. If you’ve been in any shoe store or aisle since March I can guarantee that you’ve seen sandals with this sole. It’s a basic neutral-colored sole that by itself is actually not very attractive, but once paired with a stylish body it can have a whole new look that’s completely on trend. Metallic, glitter, metal hardware, neon- there are all kinds of Birkenstock-style sandals currently on the market. If you purchase one new pair of sandals all summer, make sure it’s one of these- you’ll be on trend and your feet will thank you for the great support.
Sandal Trend #2: Jellies
Yes, jellies are for adults now too! You can bring back childhood memories by wearing a pair of these fun and lightweight sandals, and not look completely ridiculous while doing it. Similar to the above sandals, there are a lot of varieties of jellies for adults available and you can choose whether you want a traditional pair (as below) or a pair that has a more supportive sole with a jelly body.
Sandal Trend #3: Wedges
These are not technically a new trend, as wedge heels have been popular for a couple years now, but this summer they are particularly strong. They can dress your outfit up easily or add a stylish footnote to your business casual ensemble. The best part about wedges is that all kinds of sandals can have a wedge heel, so you can choose from a vast array of sandals in order to find the pair you like best- short or high heel, chunky or strappy, it’s up to you!