October 7, 2022

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24 Best Summer Shoes of 2022: Platform Sandals, Espadrilles & More

With alfresco dinners and after-work park hangs officially on the calendar, it’s the perfect time for slipping into the best summer shoes. There’s no better time than now to update your footwear rotation, especially if you want to streamline the getting-dressed process for impossibly hot days ahead.

Wondering where to begin? Start with a reliable favorite—the summer sandal—for pairing with smocked dresses, raffia hats, and fishnet totes. Designers have reimagined this warm-weather staple in all kinds of materials and heights, from easygoing leather thong sandals to colorful crochet platforms that’ll elevate all your cute summer outfits. The season’s playful, laid-back energy is also primed for reviving shoe trends you wouldn’t consider otherwise: Think PVC flatforms, espadrille wedges, and clog sandals. 

Summer’s all about taking it easy—and not taking yourself too seriously—which is exactly the vibe we’re channeling with these shoe trends. From wooden clogs that’ll remind you of your Italian nonna to lace-up sandals you can tie in a myriad of ways, shop the best summer shoes of 2022 now. 

The everyday flat

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Closed-toe shoes in summer? No thanks. Tevas or Crocs may have earned MVP status during the pandemic, but if the ugly-cute style isn’t your vibe, consider the options below for wearing with summer dresses and denim cutoffs. Slip-on Tkees and Birks are great for every day, whether you’re running errands, walking to and from the nail salon for a pedicure, or packing them in your carry-on for a Memorial Day Weekend escape. Both A Emery’s strappy sandals and Reformation’s twist flats feel more dressed up but are no less comfortable for crushing your daily step counter.

The platform sandal

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