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Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to leave your heavy-duty kicks in storage and make way for more weather-appropriate footwear. And while canvas sneakers and low-tops will do the job Monday to Friday, there’s no denying that breezy open-toed slides and sandals reign supreme for their functionality as the weather heats up.

The new wave of sandals has recently started emerging at retailers from all walks of fashion, and it’s had us bumping up the summer-friendly essential to the top of our shopping list in recent times. Here, we share the finds from our quest for the perfect pair, and you’ll be happy to know that steezy options start at less than 40 bucks.

At the more affordable end of the spectrum, you can’t really go wrong with a trusty pair of Birkenstocks, our favorite of which come in a dope all-black colorway that look great paired with bright white socks. Don’t get it twisted, though — brands such as Dr. Martens and Teva also offer wallet-friendly alternatives to more spendy options by the likes of Suicoke.

But speaking of Suicoke, the Tyler, The Creator-approved sandal is again offering up some of the best new models to add to your summer rotation, complete with chunky utilitarian vibes and super cool BAPE and Palm Angels collaborations. More stand-out options come care of Jacquemus, and those shopping on a luxury budget could do a lot worse than the designer sandals of Prada and Dries Van Noten.

Ready to set your toes free? Peep the rest of our favorite sandals below.

Under $100

IPO Jock Slide Sandal

Champion

$35

Arizona EVA Sandal

Birkenstock

$40

Arizona EVA Sandal

Birkenstock

$40

Original Universal Sandal

Teva

$50

Hurricane XLT 2 ALP Sandal

Teva

$85

8092 Arc Sandals

Dr. Martens

$130

$100 — $300

Arizona Leather Sandal

Birkenstock

$125

MOTO-VS Sandals

Suicoke

$237

Kaw-VS Slippers

Suicoke

$264

OG-056

Suicoke x BAPE

$269

$300+

Les Tatanes Sandals

Jacquemus

$289

Suicoke Edition Patch Slides

Palm Angels

$298

Sandal

Prada

$540

Stripe Sandals

Issey Miyake

$321

Webbing Sandals

Dries Van Noten

$695

Leather and Mesh Sandals

Gucci

$890

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