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The Definitive
Cute-Sandal Guide

One editor recently compared sandal shopping to buying a car: There’s the make and model to consider (“Should I stick with what I know or try something new?”), the longevity question (“Will it last 100,000 miles?”), and the does-this-fit-my-lifestyle debate (“Am I really a convertible person?”). Below, a roundup of the best open-toe options on the market, from the sensible to the unequivocally sleek.

STRAPPY

The added security of an ankle strap makes a world of difference when running errands, walking the dog, or simply moseying around the farmers’ market.

  1. Emme Parsons sandals
    Emme Parsons sandals goop, $395
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  2. K Jacques sandals
    K Jacques sandals goop, $330
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  3. St. Agni flats
    St. Agni flats goop, $202
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  4. K Jacques sandals
    K Jacques sandals goop, $315
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MINIMAL

What these sandals lack in frills they make up for with clean lines, square toes, and a when-won’t-you-wear-them ease.

  1. ATP Atelier sandals
    ATP Atelier sandals goop, $290
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  2. St. Agni Flats
    St. Agni Flats goop, $179
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  3. A Emery sandals
    A Emery sandals goop, $170
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WOVEN

If cuteness were a popularity contest, espadrilles—with their braided jute soles—would win first place. And they come in classic, preppy, bohemian—even 100 percent biodegradable.

  1. Castener Sandals
    Castañer Sandals goop, $180
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  2. G. Label x Tabitha Simmons richie sandals
    G. Label x Tabitha Simmons richie sandals goop, $295
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  3. G. Label x Tabthia Simmons Bobbin Slides
    G. Label x Tabitha Simmons Slides goop, $395
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  4. St. Agni sandals
    St. Agni sandals goop, $180
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BIRKENSTOCKS

Birkenstock did for slides what Herman Miller did for office chairs: make ergonomic design cool. In cognac, cloud white, or bronze leather with buckles, they’re just too good to pass up.

  1. Birkenstock arizona big buckle
    Birkenstock SANDALS goop, $150
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  2. Birkenstock arizona
    Birkenstock Sandals goop, $100
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  3. Birkenstock arizona soft footbed
    Birkenstock sandals goop, $110
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SPORTY

A chic choice if slim and strappy isn’t your aesthetic. Between the cushioned footbeds and soft, chafeproof straps, they’re also the most comfortable of the bunch.

  1. ATP Atelier Sandals
    ATP Atelier Sandals goop, $390
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  2. Ganni sandal
    Ganni sandals goop, $345
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  3. Marni Sandals
    Marni Sandals goop, $650
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  4. Emme Parsons sandal
    Emme Parsons slides goop, $450
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DRESSY

Save these for a special occasion—say, the first post-vax brunch with your besties. Whether knotty, textured, or delightfully retro, these compliment-catchers have this in common: walkability.

  1. LoQ Sandals
    LoQ Sandals LoQ, $290
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  2. Clergerie Sandals
    Clergerie Sandals goop, $495
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  3. Gabriela Hearst sandals
    Gabriela Hearst sandals Matchesfashion, $950
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We hope you enjoy the products recommended here. Our goal is to suggest only things we love and think you might, as well. We also like transparency, so, full disclosure: We may collect a share of sales or other compensation if you purchase through the external links on this page.

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