The Ultimate Summer Sandal Guide Is Here

summer sandals 2020

The transition to warmer weather brings the need for a pair of solid summer sandals, even if we don’t know exactly what this season has in store. While we may be putting our favorite heels on hold (boy do we miss them!), there are plenty of flat and comfortable styles that are as stylish as they are practical. Be it a tourist-inspired sandal for a long solitary walk, a flip flop to accompany your backyard swim look, a cozy WFH-appropriate slide, or even a closed-toe caged shoe for those who are in desperate need of a pedicure, the best summer sandals are suited for every “socially distanced summer” occasion.

Here, discover the six trends, and 36 pairs of the best summer sandals.

Clog Craze

You may not consider yourself a clog person until you slip into one of these delightful summer sandal versions. The irresistibly cute wooden slides have been backed by it-brands like Jacquemus and By Far, in playful pops of color that pair perfectly with the classic wooden sole and buckles straps. There’s a pair for every personality, including Roger Vivier’s patent and embellished pair, seen here on Kendall Jenner in Vogue’s March 2020 Issue shot by Jackie Nickerson.

36 Stylish and Comfortable Summer Sandals and Flip Flops for 2020
Photographed by Jackie Nickerson, Vogue, March 2020

By Far Sam clogs

SHOPBOP
$343

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Roger Vivier Viv’ clogs

MYTHERESA
$1,150

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Jacquemus Les Tatanes sandals

NEED SUPPLY CO.
$503

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Dr. Scholl’s x Kate Spade New York suede slide sandals

KATE SPADE
$100

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Dr. Scholl’s original collection sandals

NORDSTROM
$89

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Marni clog sandals

FARFETCH
$690

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Caged In

It just so happens that one of the most popular sandal silhouettes of the season, offers quite the solution for unpolished toes. These slingback sandals cover in your feet, thanks to plenty of well placed straps, yet still allow your feet to breathe and feel cool on even summer’s hottest of days. No pedicure? No problem.

36 Stylish and Comfortable Summer Sandals and Flip Flops for 2020
Photographed by Joshua Bright, Vogue, June 2010

The Row Gaia 2 sandals

MYTHERESA
$990

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Labucq Boomer tan sandals

LABUCQ
$350

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Charles & Keith patent leather caged sandals

CHARLES KEITH
$76

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Hereu Valva woven leather sandals

MATCHESFASHION.COM
$405
$202

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Grenson Willa sandals

GRENSON
$225
$135

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Staud Brady cream croc shoes

STAUD
$375

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Thong Song

Last summer, the elevated, heeled flip flop was a seasonal favorite among celebs and it-girls to street style stars alike. This season however, the thonged sandal returns in its more original form, in flat or nearly flat styles. From classic skinny strap flip flops to thongs atop chunkier platform bases, the timeless style makes a pleasant return.

36 Stylish and Comfortable Summer Sandals and Flip Flops for 2020
Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, March 2019

Dear Frances wrap sandals

DEAR FRANCES
$325

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Tkees Foundations flip-flops

REVOLVE
$50

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Studio Amelia orange leather sandals

BROWNS
$215

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ATP Atelier white Melitto leather flatform sandals

BROWNS
$273

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Neous Erycina leather sandals

MYTHERESA
$525

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Stuart Weitzman Aldona sandals

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$275

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Solitary Walkers

The go-to tourist shoe began its major fashion moment last summer, and the super comfortable style has returned again for yet another season. From classic Teva’s to new takes on the shape in luxe leather and or printed cotton, the gorpcore-inspired shoe is just the ugly-cool thing to dress down a pair of high-waisted trousers or a casual maxi dress, an easy choice for both essential runs and socially distanced walks.

36 Stylish and Comfortable Summer Sandals and Flip Flops for 2020
Photographed by Sean Thomas, Vogue 2014

Arizona Love Trekky bandana sandals

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$185

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Loeffler Randall Maisie floral sport sandals

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$195

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Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock Milano leather sandals

MYTHERESA
$450

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Vince Carver sport sandals

NORDSTROM
$225

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Prada logo sandals

NORDSTROM
$590

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Teva original Universal sandals

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$50

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House Slide

A flat slide sandal is the hero shoe of the warm weather season. It’s simple, stylish, comfortable, once a perfect option for the daily commute, these cushy leather, shearling, or terry cloth slipper-like sandals make for the ultimate indoor WFH shoe. You can wear them all day (inside and out)!—and they go with everything, especially when paired with your cutest socks for a take on WFH chic. In a variety of neutral colors ways and minimal slide or crossover silhouettes, these sandals will be the go-to stars of your wardrobe.

36 Stylish and Comfortable Summer Sandals and Flip Flops for 2020
Photographed by Josh Olins, Vogue, May 2017

Birkenstock Arizona shearling-lined sandals

GOOP
$145

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Vagabond Erin leather sandals

SELFRIDGES
$75

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M.Gemi the Alessa sandals

M.GEMI
$198

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MM6 Maison Margiela slippers in pink terrycloth

MONNIER FRÈRES
$470

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Isabel Marant Holden denim slides

MYTHERESA
$430

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Everlane the form crossover sandals

EVERLANE
$118

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Platform Reform

In a time where we don’t have many places to flaunt a heeled sandal this season, a pair of flatforms is the comfortable everyday alternative to a pair of heels this summer. Add a few extra inches to the soles of your flat sandals, and voila! You have the perfect platform sandal. From strappy to stripey, wood to woven, these pumped-up kicks will take you to new heights this season, and are practical too.

36 Stylish and Comfortable Summer Sandals and Flip Flops for 2020
Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, April 2020

Clergerie Alda braided flaltform sandals

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$595

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Paloma Barceló Musha platform mules

FARFETCH
$226

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Brother Vellies Abbi flatform sandals

SHOPBOP
$655
$459

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ASOS Design Tina chunky espadrille flatform sandals

ASOS
$45

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Loewe Gate platform wedge sandals

NORDSTROM
$650

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Simon Miller brown mud leather and raffia sandals

BROWNS
$315

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