Summer sandals 2021: from chunky to strappy styles, these are the trends that will be big news this season

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Check out our edit of the most on-trend sandal styles to invest in for spring/summer 2021, from platform sandals to heels, ‘ugly’ sandals and mules. 

Already secured your hair appointment along with a manicure and pedicure? As we wait for salons to reopen for a new season refresh, the world of fashion is already getting ahead. If it isn’t the most divine summery dresses you can imagine, it’s sandals that are ready and waiting once those pedicures have been completed and the weather is ready to match your new season wardrobe

The thought of bare legs and toes in the open air has never been so exciting, and it appears a lot of people are ready to plan ahead. Dune dropped its cult Lockstockk chunky sandal in new colourways last month after proving popular last year, and they sold out within a week. With an 800-person wait list, they’ve now been restocked ready for another flurry of eager fans. And we predict they’ll sell out just as quick seeing as chunky, Velcro sandals are one of the key sandal styles to tick off for the new season. Along with strappy styles and mules you’ll want to wear to every upcoming (outdoor) soirée, we’ve rounded up the four fashion insider-approved sandal trends not to miss.

Best women’s sandals for summer 2021

Best chunky sandals

The iconic Chanel sandal has been making waves on Instagram for a couple of years. Now, the dreamy style is available in a raffia material and everyone is already going wild for them. Quite the investment, high street brands are also following suit with iterations of their own. You’ve most likely spotted Dunes Lockstockk sandal from previous summers. Try them out in denim for a fresh feel. 

  • Dune Lockstokk sandals

    Dune sandals
    Spring/summer sandals: Dune
    The high street heroes have created the must-have sandal in brand new colour ways for spring/summer 2021. This denim pair already sold out within a week when they first dropped last month – be quick. 

    Shop Lockstockk sandals at Dune, £110

  • Chanel sandals

    Chanel sandals
    Spring/summer sandals: Chanel

    You most likely spotted these dreamy Chanel sandals doing the rounds last year. For 2021, the French fashion house has bought them back in raffia and they’re already selling out. 

    Shop braided fabric sandals at Chanel, £1,100

  • Arket sandals

    Arket sandals
    Arket sandals

    As soon as these dropped, they started flying off the virtual shelves. The wear-with-everything style is going to be a hero piece you’ll wear on rotation with so many different outfits. 

    Shop chunky sandals at Arket, £150

Best strappy sandals

Ready to ditch those trainers in favour of heels? Strappy sandals with more comfortable midi heels are the way to transition through to spring. Opt for colourful hues, punchy prints and lace-up the leg details to step into new season in serious style. 

Best mules

A dressy shoe without being too over the top, the mule is the slip-on style to appreciate across all seasons. For the warmer weather, opt for between-the-toe pairs, multi-straps and elegant details such as knots and golden buckles to make them a talking piece. 

  • Alohas sandals

    Alohas sandal
    Alohas sandal

    The all-black pair has already been popular, now this tonal style is next in the hot seat. Pre-order now from Barcelona-born brand Alohas to get them in time for summer

    Shop Prickly tan sandal at Alohas, £123

  • Neous sandals

    Neous mule
    Neous sandals

    Available in four different shades, these minimal mules are handcrafted in Italy using sustainable practices. For each pair sold, OneTreePlanted will plant a tree.

    Shop Jumel mule at Neous, £425

  • Zara sandals

    Zara sandals
    Zara sandals

    Mint fresh shades get a big yes for spring/summer 2021. Imagine this pair of knotted mules post-lockdown with a slinky slip dress in a sunny location. 

    Shop knotted sandals at Zara, £59.99

Best comfy walking sandals

The ‘ugly’ sandal is back for yet another season. With Teva still up there with the best of them, these comfy shoes are an alternative to your much-loved slippers for outside of the house. This year, the typical walking shoe has been elevated to new dreamy heights with embellishment, clashing prints and punchy hues. 

  • Teva sandals

    Teva sandals
    Teva sandals

    The OG of the ‘ugly’ sandal gang, Teva’s latest collection is delivering the goods. Love them or hate them, the Stylist fashion team can confirm they’re the most comfy sandals out there. 

    Shop Midform Fray sandals at Teva, £80

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