Does anyone else hate wearing socks in the summer? I despise it. They don’t breath well and when the UV rays start coming out my feet get all sweaty and I’m left with chunks of fluff between my toes. It’s just embarrassing.

That’s why I love sandals. They come in many shapes, colours, and styles — something to go with every outfit! They can look professional when paired with a dress and a blazer, but they can also be used with a pair of shorts to create a fresh summer look.

Here are five different styles that are trending this summer:

Call it Spring, $49.99
Call it Spring, $49.99

The Gladiators: These type of sandals never go out of style. The gladiator sandal has a supportive wrap around the ankle and usually has a number of straps that form around your foot. They are the perfect every-day-wear shoe because they go with summer dresses, shorts, and even the occasional pair of jeans. I love the pair pictured above because of the neutral colours.

Birkenstock, $119
Birkenstock, $119

The Birks’: A good pair of Birkenstocks will last you years. They perfectly form to the shape of your feet for ultimate comfort. These sandals are not meant for the workplace, but instead are meant for casual barbecues, outings in the park, and outdoor festivals. Treat your feet by investing in a pair of shoes that won’t pinch or blister. While the sandals pictured above are the traditional Birkenstocks, the company is now creating some more stylish footwear using the same materials and techniques.

Dwaedia, $39.99
Dwaedia, $39.99

The fancy flip flop: These sandals are another example of a style that goes with almost everything. Dress up a casual outfit with this black-and-gold flip flop with the supportive ankle clasp. The in-between-the-toe sandal can sometimes be uncomfortable and cause blisters, but if you get a shoe that is of higher quality and materials, it can become a staple in your wardrobe.

Also, $75
Aldo, $75

The tie-ups: These sandals are similar to the gladiator sandals, but they go up much higher and generally tie up using a lace rather than a zipper or a clip. This chic style has been around for a few years, but the light colours and subtle accents are trending in 2016. The only downside is for people who, like me, have thicker calves. Sometimes, the laces don’t tie evenly and tend to slide down the leg to the thinner ankles.

Zara, $89.90
Zara, $89.90

The multi-coloured: Sometimes, the neutral colours and subtle accents just doesn’t match your style. Sometimes, it’s necessary to make a statement, and these sandals do just that. The pompoms are incredibly high-fashion and really make your feet pop. Make sure to get a pedicure before sliding these babies on — we suggest a bright red or a sultry blue.

What kind of sandals do you like to wear in this heat? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Author

Katherine DeClerq is the editor of Women's Post. Her previous writing experience includes the Toronto Star, Maclean's Magazine, CTVNews, and BlogTO. She can often be found at a coffee shop with her MacBook computer. Despite what CP says, she is a fan of the Oxford comma.

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