A wardrobe staple whether you’re in the city or by the beach, these are the summer sandals to buy right now.
Tan sandals are as synonymous with summer as ice cream and linen trousers. The most neutral of summer shoes, a wear-with-anything tan sandal will be your summer go-to shoe, perfect for pounding the pavements at home or on holiday or slipping on to stroll to the beach.
The best thing about a neutral flat is its ability to be a chameleon. Have a detailed dress and need toned-down accessories? Look no further than a simple tan slip on. Or decided to wear on-trend all white and need something to spice it up in the footwear department? A tan sandal then becomes the statement.
Nailing the perfect summer sandal silhouette is as essential as packing your SPF 50 in your suitcase. The good news is there’s a sandal variety for the minimalists and the maximalists out there.
From simple one-bar slip ons to sandals that wrap around the ankle, here’s our top picks for the summer season.
Ancient Greek Sandals
It wouldn’t be a summer sandal round-up without mention of Ancient Greek Sandals — the Athens-based brand entirely focused on providing us with our summer holiday shoes. The brand’s Apteros sandal is arguably the sandal of the summer: as perfect worn with jeans and tailored trousers in neutrals as it is with summer dresses. Best of all? It comes in myraid colourways.
Ancient Greek Sandals Apteros flat, £130 at Net-a-Porter
A bohemian take on the summer staple, the TKEES Jo sandal is crafted from a supple suede and leather mix, adding chic but understated detailing to this bohemian flat. Perfect worn with crisp, cotton dresses and kaftans for long days spent by the beach.
TKEES Jo sandal, £100 at Net-a-Porter
For those that want a bit more foot coverage, this Topshop pair are ideal. With a toe-post strap and a wide strap across the arch, this sandal also features a wrap-over strap for added interest and looks flattering on the foot. Ideal worn with lightweight summer trousers or simple shirt dresses. They also come in animal print and gold snakeskin for more daring wearers.
Topshop Honey sandal, £22
Off to a casual wedding, or a formal-ish garden party where heels are a no-go? Then these flat sandals by Zara are ideal. The braided leather upper feels luxurious and a bit dressier than a classic sandal, while the wraparound ankle keeps makes them perfect for dancing in. Best worn with elegant maxi dresses splattered in bohemian florals.
Zara braided leather sandals, £29.99
& Other Stories
Like a Birkenstock, but not, these & Other Stories sandals are an ideal city sandal. With a clean and minimalist design, the conker-hued leather is a refreshing change from classic tan and looks great against myriad skin tones. Perfect worn with tailored trousers and a crisp white shirt.
& Other Stories Duo Strap sandals, £65
Simple yet sophisticated, these dark tan sandals from Kurt Geiger have added interest in the form of contrast white stitching and cut-out straps. The supple leather craftsmanship and low heel adds a bit of protection from pavement pounding — perfect packed in the holiday suitcase. Wear these with quite literally anything.
Kurt Geiger Odina sandals, £99 at Selfridges
The classic summer shoe doesn’t have to be leather. This H&M pair, crafted from a suede-effect, offer a softer and more relaxed look and take zero breaking in. Lightweight, with sweet scallop detailing, this pair is perfect for throwing in your basket bag for beach days that turn into sunset nights.
H&M tan mules, £12.99
These dual-strap sandals from Australian brand A.Emery are virtually invisible when worn on the foot. With a superfine strap across the toe and arch, these sandals are refined yet laidback, and ideal worn with everything from cut-off denim shorts to tailored trousers and kaftans. Perfect for sun tanned tootsies, they also come in black and chocolate brown.
A.Emery Lola double-strap sandals, £120 at Matches Fashion
We love discovering a new sandal label, and French brand K.Jacques is one to know. Made using buttery leather in the South of France, these sandals are an ideal choice for city breaks as the ankle strap keeps them snug and stops them flopping off. A clean silhouette makes these shoes the perfect pairing to loose-cut maxi dresses.
K.Jacques Dottie cross-strap sandals, £200 at Matches Fashion
Whoever said tan sandals had to be understated? These Ganni slides demand attention, with a dark tan suede upper finished with chunky buckles and a hefty sole. Super comfortable, cool and covetable, these will be your everyday go-to shoes, whether you’re going to barre class, brunch or the beach.
Ganni double-strap slides, £260
Main image: Ancient Greek Sandals