20 Chic Sandals to Bring to the Beach and Beyond
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pikolinos Alcudia Hand Beaded Sandal in Cacao/Olmo Leather
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
This super-comfy leather sandal by Olukai has excellent arch support.
To buy: zappos.com, $90
Soludos Slide Sandal in Midnight
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
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
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
A Beyoncé-approved slide? Count us in.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $35
Naot Dorith Sandal in Beige Snake/Pewter
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
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
This sleek, futuristic sandal features silver leather straps and a padded sole.
To buy: saksoff5th.com, $110
Topshop DREAM Espadrille Wedges
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
Need a simple yet elegant slide sandal to wear poolside while sipping cocktails? Consider it found.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $195
Matiko Raquela Sandals
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
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