The Ultimate Guide to Summer Sandals

Our favorite summer sandals that look good on you and the planet

Shoes bring a whole other dimension to the wardrobe, and come summer, sandals bring a whole other dimension to shoes. Like all shoes, sandals have long been tricky in terms of finding an eco-friendly pair, thanks to the leather industry’s environmentally harmful tendencies. The good news is that more and more brands are standing up to these destructive practices and offering stylish, sustainable alternatives. The slightly-less-good news is that there are so many great options for eco-friendly sandals this summer that it can get a little overwhelming trying to find the right ones.

Consider this your guide to summer sandals by category

1. Simple Flat Slide Sandals

your guide to summer sandals by category - laid back and leisure sandals

LAID BACK LEISURE

Think Birkenstocks, slides, and even the unconventional, debatable fashion item – flip flops. These are sandals with no heel straps, the ones you slide on when getting the groceries from the trunk of the car. In the (ish) post-pandemic age where comfort and loungewear reign supreme, these quick-to-throw-on items are super fashionable, and we are loving the ultra-comfort with zero trade-off in style.

Ethical Magic Slides by EatingTheGoober

P.S These slides feature different covers so the designs are endless!


Slide Sandal by Nisolo


Cross Linen Slippers by HandmadeLoveCrafts


Greg Sandals by Brother Vellies



2. CLOGS AND MULES

clogs and mule sandals - your guide to summer sandals by category

CLOGS & MULES

Clogs and mules, are some of the most humble and underrated footwear, and continue to be a popular choice during the summer. These functional slide-in shoes now get a chic makeover, mostly in the oversized soles, and the neutral hues that pair well with anything.

Freudin Sandal by Paloma Wool


Nappa Flats by Sylven New York

Cass Vegan Nappa Flats by Sylven New York



Carlie Vegan Mules By Lacouturie


Venice Clog by Sandgrens


3. OG SLING-BACKS

your guide to summer sandals by category -slingbacks

OG SLINGBACKS

These slings are made for walking. A pair of slingback sandals can go with just about anything: long dress, midi, skirt, shorts, you name it. When people think of an eternal summer footwear, a pair of these come to mind.


Alfie Black Sandals by Beyond Skin


City Sandals By Will’s Vegan Shoes


Black '60s style slingbacks

Lou Slingback by Bhava



Jackie Slingbacks by AERA New York


4. Platform Sandals

your guide to summer sandals by category -Platform and flatform sandals

RISING TO NEW HEIGHTS

The bigger the better. Depending on the shades and silhouette, the chunky platforms can give your outfit a cool retro vibe or a clean, sporty look. This year the shoes are all bout bold, exaggerated straps, platforms or block heels that lift up your looks. And yes, boxy sandals are harder to pack, but who cares when they just look this good. And give you a little more height!




Wrap Tie Wedges by Manebi




Finn by Paloma Wool


5. Bright and BOld Colored Sandals

your guide to summer sandals by category - Dopamine Brights

GET A DOSE OF DOPAMINE

Saturated-color accessories are the quickest way to give your outfit some character, and colorful footwear leads the way. We are suggesting that you go all out this summer, no more playing it safe! Bright color palattes lead to conversation starters and what better conversation to have than about sustainable footwear?!

Audrey by Aera New York




Hot pink strappy sandals by Alohas

Paloma Magenta Pink Leather Sandals by Alohas

Leather is crafted using only Leather Certified Working Group leather.


Jacoba by Paloma Wool

*Leather is crafted using only Leather Certified Working Group leather.**


6. FLIRTY KITTEN HEELS

MEEEOW!

There’s always something more playful, more summery about these stiletto miniatures than regular pumps. They’re small, easy to slide in, and, dare we say, chic. The delicate heels give you that extra feminine feel without sacrificing ease of walk, and are perfect for a day out

Stella Kitten Heel by Reformation

*Leather is crafted using only Leather Certified Working Group leather.**


Layover Heeled Mule by Matisse




7. STRAPPY

Strappy Sandals

TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!

These gladiator-inspired wired sandals might take the longest to put on, but they go perfectly with a simple summer dress, making a foolproof combo for a night out. Whether dancing or seeing your fave Almodovar flick. The thin straps add a barely there touch to your outfit and are perfect for when you’d rather go barefoot.

Grace Green by Alohas

*Leather is crafted using only Leather Certified Working Group leather.**


Tyla Sandals by Brother Vellis

*Leather is crafted using only Leather Certified Working Group leather.**



your guide to summer sandals by category - Hot pink sandals

Magda Ankle Tie Platforms by Reformation

*Leather is crafted using only Leather Certified Working Group leather.**


your guide to summer sandals by category

Cat Sandal by Coclico

Leather is crafted using only Leather Certified Working Group leather

-By StephANIE Lawson


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