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It’s finally warmer outside. Of course, you can always reach for your old $4 flip flops, or you can consider a summer shoe that will completely transform your warm weather outfits while still Actually providing a little arch support. (Hey, there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable).

You shouldn’t have to limit yourself to simple sandals in the summer. The Spring/Summer 2022 runways introduced some major footwear trends including retro chunky wedges, retro sneakers, heeled flip flops, barely there strappy sandals in bright and neon colors (good for walking a once you broke them!) open-toe platform heels that you can wear to prom and then all season long.

We promise they are good. For example, you-can-get-away-wearing-last-years-outfits-because-your-shoes-are-so-awesome. If you’re a big fan of the Mary Janes trend, we have a similar heeled option in the prettiest summer green. If you jumped on the comfy UGG boots trend this winter, you might want to upgrade to equally comfy boots, sports slides for warmer days. Maybe you’re drawn to the minimalist, clean lines of your work shoes – we’ve found a pair of perforated leather sneakers it would be perfect to add to your rotation.

Whether you’re looking for comfy walking shoes to wear on the plane, waterproof slides to kick off at the pool, cute heels to pair with your windiest summer dresses, or strappy sandals with nighttime luxury vibes that provide as much airflow as possible (read: your feet won’t sweat), these are our favorite finds.

Our top picks

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    Editor’s choice!

    Willow strappy platform heel

    Consider this a very important reminder to get your daily dose of greenery. We love this new take on a Mary Jane, featuring an open toe and multiple loops for added visual interest.

    These slip-on sandals go best with a piña colada, and that’s our pro opinion. Not only are platforms trendy, but they are also much easier to walk on than your average heel.

    If you’re like us and your favorite casual sneakers have seen better days (ahem, winter snow/ice/dirt/mud), we love these. chunky sole canvas sneakers. Swap white laces for colorful ones if you’re feeling ~spicy~.


    Editor’s choice!

    New Balance® 237 sneakers

    For the pastel queens, the New Balance 237 Sneaker! Major visual appeal and classic comfort all rolled into one.

    Pro tip: Snag these shoes in purple, they tend to sell out fast.

    Now that’s a summer shoe we can get behind. The small heel gives height without discomfort (which is always a plus).

    Editor’s note: RReviewers recommend going a half size up, depending on your foot width.

    The fashion girl’s perspective on your base slide. From the plush, puffy strap of Kelly Green (such a warm shade) to the tiny tiny beads lining the sandal, this shoe has it all.


    Island Time Jelly Sandals

    The perfect warm weather sandals. We love the thinner straps for a barely there pop of color. Just be sure to wear them around the house a few times before vacation to check comfort!

    A cool kid’s shoe if we’ve ever seen one. We’re picturing loose ’90s denim shorts, white tube socks, your favorite occasion shirt, and those perfect Veja sneakers as your next OOTD.


    Bubblegum Platform Sandal

    If the Y2K aesthetic is totally your vibe, go for a rig with a jelly-like finish. These square toe slip-on heels are reminiscent of Polly Pocket in the best possible way.

    Birkenstocks will live forever! (Manolo Blahnik thinks so too, based on their recent haute couture collab). Swap out your sheepskin-lined Birks for something more colorful as it gets warmer outside.


    Original universal printed sandals

    Tevas (yes, your favorite summer camp shoes) are kinda all the rage right now. Reconnect with your crunchy granola roots, flaunt your favorite ’90s color palette and take pride in knowing that the brand uses recycled plastic to create its iconic wristbands.

    Urban Outfitters and Steve Madden collaborated to release the the coolest platform flip flops you have never seen. Hang them in pink, green or black (or even all three – we promise, we won’t judge!)


    Circus by Sam Edelman Miranda Platform Sandal with Ankle Strap

    Looking for the perfect summer sandal to put together? Good news, we found them just for you. Interesting heel, bold color, super comfortable? Check, check and check.

    Surely you’ve heard of Vans slip-ons and you might even own a pair. May we draw your attention to this lavender plaid print that’s a fresh, summery take on the brand’s signature skate shoe?

    Pro tip: If you’re traveling this summer, a slip-on shoe is much easier to get on and off through security than a lace-up trainer.


    Editor’s choice!

    Charlize Blue Satin

    Summer 2022 is for wearing your biggest, boldest colors in their tallest, thickest forms. You can pick up a pair of these satin pumps in your favorite cheery hue right now, then wear these beauties all year round.

    Twisted rope is the perfect way to add visual interest and texture to an otherwise simple monochromatic shoe. Plus, it’s way more comfortable than having to smash faux leather or plastic.


    Blaire Brando Women’s Leather Gladiator Sandals

    Too hot for your classic Dr. Martens boots? Opt for their airy platform sandals. They’re made of classic, durable leather and you can wear them with socks or go barefoot without losing your ~edge~.

    If you prefer slides to sandals, our pick is a chic striped pair like these adidas without laces. Opt for a retro candy stripe color scheme to switch things up. Bonus: they’re waterproof for pool days.


    Covington Green and White Gingham Ankle Strap Pumps

    These gingham heels are pretty as a picture (as your grandma would say), so if you’re attending a garden party anytime soon, 1. send us an invite and 2. break out those summer sandals. Ankle ties can be tightened or loosened for maximum support!

    A comfortable yet cute shoe like this leather sneaker is perfect for a day of walking. It’s also polished enough to be a work shoe when paired with the right outfit.

    Ironically, we loved Crocs…and we ended up REALLY loving them. Crocs are waterproof and so light you barely feel them, what’s not to love? Play with shoe charms (aka Jibbitz) for this nostalgic atmosphere of the early 2000s.

    There is a reason this style has been the cool kid on the block since the 80s. Everyone needs a good pair of white sneakers. The golden details are subtly elegant.


    Editor’s choice!

    Slip-on sandals Bruno Premi Hardware

    Literally screaming, crying over the perfection of these Cinderella Slides are. They’re elegant but not fussy at all, and this sky blue hue is *chefs kiss*.


    Aryanay Green Multi-Flower High Heel Sandals

    Agree, “adorable” is really the only word to describe these heels. The color palette plays with bold hues we’ve seen on the runways non-stop, so if you describe your vibe as a groovy neon flower queen, these are the shoes for you.


    Franco Sarto Cessa Wedge Sandals

    Relax in the most comfortable “heels” you’ve ever put on. We’re especially fond of all the vitamin C shade options.


    Paily Braided Two Band Dress Sandals

    It’s tie-dye in the freshest, most feminine way possible. No DIY dye kit needed! Just be prepared for everyone and their mom to ask you where your shoes are from. 😉


    Mina Collection Journee thong sandals with heels

    Technically they are “thongs” but they are so much higher. Plus, you can never have too much sage green, a color that has slowly but surely solidified as a neutral over the past few years.

    Dive in, the water is amazing! We’ve found your must-have slides for summer 2022. They’re lightweight and made from memory foam, making them ideal for long-distance walking. You’re welcome.


    Vicenza Braided Platform Pumps

    Soothing lilac tones like these have been remarkably popular over the past few months, and we love that you can squeeze in a few extra inches of subtle height with these cute pastel shoes.


    Jayna braided slip-on sandal

    If you’re not a fan of heels, we’ve got you covered. Try a very chic (and comfy) braided sandal like these buttery soft leather sandals from Madewell. Throw them in your bag on your way to the beach or team them with a midi dress for easy sophistication.

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