20 Chic Sandals to Bring to the Beach and Beyond

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If you're one of the lucky people about to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head to a warm, worry-free locale, we envy you. Soon you'll be waking to the sound of crashing waves and spending your days looking out at the ocean — cocktail in hand — far, far away from your email inbox.

We're sure your packing list for paradise includes all the essentials: a cute bathing suit, a pair of cool shades, and of course, a lot of sunscreen. Another beach vacation staple is a pretty pair of sandals (or two) that can carry you from the pool to the bar and everywhere in between.

For us, a good pair of holiday footwear has to be both stylish and comfortable. As pretty as they may be, no sky-high wedge is worth the blisters. Instead, opt for chic slingbacks in metallic leather that would be a lot more appropriate for the relaxed resort environment. And for the beach, choose between a classic pair of Havaianas flip-flops and something more fun, like sandals with tassels or multicolored beading.

We rounded up 20 pairs of trendy and easy-to-wear sandals to take with you on your next beach vacation.

BP. Abby Sandal

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Nordstrom

A beach vacation is supposed to be fun, and this flat sandal is all about it: bold colors, tassels, crystals, and pom-poms.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $50

Havaianas You Flip-flops

Beach Vacation Sandals
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A pair of comfy flip-flops is a must-have, and we love these metallic gold Havaianas.

To buy: zappos.com, $30

MICHAEL Michael Kors Lola Floral Sandal

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Who said beach footwear should be boring? The floral applique detailing of this two-tone jelly sandal makes all the difference.

To buy: zappos.com, $69

Sesto Meucci Ginny Woven Leather Slingback Sandal

Beach Vacation Sandals
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If you're Europe-bound, opt for a classic shoe. This chic white slingback sandal by Italian company Sesto Meucci has a 1.3-inch stacked demi-wedge heel, so it's comfortable to walk in even if you're taking a stroll through one of those little winding cobblestone streets old European resort towns are famous for.

To buy: neimanmarcus.coms, $250

Kate Spade New York Brie Sandal

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

How chic is this gold metallic sandal? Wear it with breezy wide-leg pants and a silk top for an elegant dinner outing.

To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $168

Chinese Laundry Posh in Cognac Leather

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Zappos

Leather straps, pom-poms, and multicolored beading make these open-toe sandals perfect for a Caribbean getaway.

To buy: zappos.com, $60

Birkenstock Yara Sandal

Beach Vacation Sandals
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The fashion crowd decided Birkenstocks are trendy again a few seasons ago, and we couldn't be happier. If there's a comfy sandal we'd wear all day long, this is it.

To buy: zappos.com, $120

Pikolinos Alcudia Hand Beaded Sandal in Cacao/Olmo Leather

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Nordstrom

The beautiful beading on this foam-padded sandal is handmade by Maasai artisans in Africa, and the sandal itself is made in Spain.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $200

Olukai Upena Sandal

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This super-comfy leather sandal by Olukai has excellent arch support.

To buy: zappos.com, $90

Soludos Slide Sandal in Midnight

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Nordstrom

We love it when a sandal does double-duty — you can wear this one both at the beach and out on the town at night.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $99

Vionic Nala T-strap Sandal in Red

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Zappos

Vionic's bold red sandal is not only pretty but comfortable, too. It's podiatrist-designed and has a built-in orthotic footbed.

To buy: zappos.com, $100

Alethea Leather Sandals Ancient Greek Sandals

Beach Vacation Sandals
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Whether you're spending time along the Aegean coast this summer or not, you need to pick up a pair of these vacation-perfect sandals.

To buy: net-a-porter.com, $220

Ivy Park Mirror Logo Sandal

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Nordstrom

A Beyoncé-approved slide? Count us in.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $35

Naot Dorith Sandal in Beige Snake/Pewter

Beach Vacation Sandals
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Naot's insoles are a blend of natural latex and cork that are designed to replicate the shape of the foot (read: they're super comfortable), and the metallic leather/snakeskin combo looks so chic.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $140

Sol Sana Twisted Slides

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Shopbop

If you prefer a more minimalist, no-fuss kind of footwear, this pretty, lightweight flat sandal would be the perfect pair.

To buy: shopbop.com, $95

Gentle Souls Talia Flatform City Sandal

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Gentle Souls

This sleek, futuristic sandal features silver leather straps and a padded sole.

To buy: saksoff5th.com, $110

Topshop DREAM Espadrille Wedges

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Topshop

Platform espadrilles are a comfy and stylish option to pair with your evening outfit.

To buy: topshop.com, $48

Tory Burch Patos Flat Thong Sandal

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Need a simple yet elegant slide sandal to wear poolside while sipping cocktails? Consider it found.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $195

Matiko Raquela Sandals

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Anthroplogie

One look at the gingham pattern on these ankle-strap sandals and we were sold.

To buy: anthropologie.com, $108

Cambiami T-strap Covertible Sandal

Beach Vacation Sandals
Courtesy of Cambiami

For those who always find themselves trying to squeeze just one more pair of sandals into that suitcase, Cambiami's brilliant changeable straps are a game-changer. It takes about a minute to swap out the strap for a new color or pattern, and they even have a super comfortable memory-foam sole.

To buy: amazon.com, $128

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