Sandals

Summer is all about showing off a little bit of skin, whether it’s a recently bronzed shoulder or pedicured toes. Outfitting your feet in the season’s most breathable staple, sandals, is practically a given. The ultimate in easy footwear, sandals are constantly being reinvented—the only true constants of the form are comfort and casualness.

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In recent years, gladiator sandals have gained in popularity, thanks to eye-catching metallic and horizontal stripes that complement anything from skinny jeans to summer festival shorts. Yet, the ever-present classic strappy thong sandal whether in its basic, minimalist form or dressed up with beads is always a great summer look. Classic wedges keep women’s legs looking long and lean while still providing solid support. Don a pair of peep-toed wedges and instantly turn a summer day dress into an ensemble worthy of a nighttime soiree.

Ankle sandals, characterized by a wide ankle strap and open toes, add a bit of edge to outfits and work best with skirts or shorts—both of which show off the leather covering the ankles. And of course, this wouldn’t be a style profile of sandals without mentioning espadrilles, the quintessential summer shoe. Traditionally defined by a flat sole fashioned from jute or rope and a soft, breathable cotton upper, espadrilles have seen new incarnations as designers have experimented with open toe, wedge, and ankle-tied styles. They scream summer, guaranteeing that you’ll see them waltz across the boardwalk, pound the pavement around local tourist sites, and click clack atop rooftop BBQs and parties.

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