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