The 2021 sandal styles are coming in hot and we are here for it! For me, there’s just something about shopping for sandals that gets me so excited for summer! Sandals bring to mind days by the pool, evening walks, lunch dates with friends, bonfires, and beaches. Is there any summer outfit that doesn’t look good with sandals ?! Sandals can be worn with pretty much anything, from dresses to a great pair of white jeans, to shorts…and that’s why I love them!
We may have gone a little overboard in this post because no matter what type of sandal or occasion you’re looking for, I think we have you covered. 🤣 As always, even if you’re not in the market for sandals, we want you to be in the know about the trends, so we’re running the big ones down for you! There were so many cute sandals to choose from, and it was hard to narrow them down for this post! But we finally gathered up our absolute favorites and grouped them into sections that are easy to browse, just for you!
Six Sandal Styles for Summer
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Sandal Styles #1: Pretty Embellishments
There are three main embellishments we see this year.: studs, pearls, and jewels. These styles are such a fun way to dress up any outfit and add a little glitz and glam! I think block-heeled sandals with embellishments are beautiful to wear to a special occasion like a wedding, shower, or another special occasion. Or, if you aren’t comfortable with high heels, there are pretty flats and wedges in this style. You really don’t need a special occasion to wear these beauties.
Studded sandals are definitely the hottest trend of 2021! This trend is inspired by the fancy-schmancy Valentino Gravavani Rockstud Sandals that are always hot for summer (but out of many people’s price range). The copycat designer-inspired look is everywhere, so you are sure to find one that fits your price point. The post popular studs are pointy spikes, but round studs are also cute for a softer look!
This pretty feminine embellishment may be my favorite! Pearls are timeless and will never go out of style. If you want to dress up a summer outfit without wearing heels, I think pearl sandals are perfect for that!
Sandal Styles #2: Braided
Braided sandals are all the rage right now! You’ll find them in all different styles, from slides to heels, to flatforms. The puffy braids add nice texture, making them unique and interesting. You’ll also see skinnier braids on strappy sandals, giving them a little extra flair!
Sandal Styles #3: Quilted
The quilted shoe style is a popular trend that I highlighted in our Spring and Summer Style Guide. This year you’ll see quilted shoes in all different styles, like sneakers, but it’s especially hot for slides this season! The quilted part is usually a soft strap across the top of the foot, making this design great for optimal comfort without rubbing. Check out THESE quilted slides from Target. They’re flying off the shelves!
Sandal Styles #4: Statement Shoes
Brightly colored shoes draw attention—in a good way—and seem so fitting for summer sunshine. 🌞 Bring on the compliments! They are bold and beautiful, and I’m all for that. Life would be boring without color, so bring it on!
Nothing makes a bigger statement than shiny gold or silver shoes! These are so pretty and can be paired with almost all outfits since metallics won’t clash with many colors. Metallic everything is everywhere, and now metallics are considered neutrals—and not necessarily dressy—as they were in the past. If you like this trend, go for it!
Sandal Styles #5: Knotted Bows and Large Knots
These are two designs that give your average sandal a unique twist! (Literally!) Slides with thick knots are an upgrade from your normal slide, and I love the cute nautical vibes! Bows add a feminine touch (and we all know that’s right up my alley)!
Sandal Styles #6: Block Heels
If you’re looking for shoes that are fashionable yet functional, easy to walk in, and provide great stability, you’re in luck because chunky, block heels are totally in. The block heel adds a little more support than a stiletto heel, making them a good option if you want a dressy shoe to wear all night, or for a long chunk of time! 🤣
I hope you’re getting as excited for summer sandal season as I am! I fell in love with these hot styles for 2021, and I would love to hear which are your favorites! Do you have a special event coming up, like a wedding or shower? Do you have a fun vacation planned? Let me know where you plan on wearing your new summer sandals, and watch for lots of these on my feet this week when I’m in Florida!