Sandals used to be divisive, but then again, so did Crocs and hiking sneakers. We’ve entered a brave new world of footwear where everything goes and isn’t it a nicer place to exist? Now that spring’s here and summer’s lining up, a pair of high-quality sandals should be top of your priorities list.
As a side-product of the explosion in popularity of sandals, we’ve of course seen labels putting more effort into their offerings. That means it’s never been a better time to cop a pair. Whether you’re looking for luxury suede slides, utilitarian iterations, or classic fisherman sandals, the perfect pair exists and is made to exacting standards.
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Maison Margiela is probably not the first place you’d think to check if you’re looking for hiking sandals but this pair proves your mistake. Featuring distressed uppers, the pair offers a signature Margiela aesthetic in a functional package.
Taking a quick break from fan-favorite adidas collabs, Wales Bonner offers up a sleek, elegant sandal for summer. With minimal clutter, this stringy pair is ideal for hot weather.
Sure, Birkenstocks have had a wild few years, but this summer we’re looking to break out from the classics. This pair from Isabel Marant feels familiar but executes the style with more luxurious materials and a beautiful washed black hue.
Taking over from the Puddle Sandals, this pair of Gel Sandals from Bottega Veneta has big boots to fill but we’ve got no doubt that it’ll suffice.
Like it or not, Crocs are up there with the shoes of the year. While everyone opts for the classic clog shape, why not try out something with a little more utilitarian flavor, like the Echo Slide?
Commas joins forces with Spanish sandal specialist Hereu for the Roca Sandals. This pair is so refined that it could be worn with tailoring as well as a pair of swim shorts.
It’s going to be divisive, but the swells of a fisherman sandal comeback are in the water. If you’re looking to ride the wave, you can’t go wrong with this pair from The Row.
Saint Laurent’s Sidi Sandal feature a woven sole unit and a luxury leather upper. The woven upper hugs the foot, making this a great option for city use as well as a lazy day at the beach.
Suicoke’s no-fuss, active sandals are for anyone who doesn’t quite know what they want yet. Why? Because they’re universally applicable. Whether you’re hiking, hitting the beach, wading through water, or wandering a city, they’re the right choice.
Glenn Martens continues to resurrect the past with accurate Y2K reproductions at Diesel. The Sa-Maui sandals are likely to be a hit design over the summer so lodge your interest early.
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