There was a time in not too distant memory when it was almost impossible to choose a nice pair of sandals for summer. It was an era that gave sandals a terrible name and inspired a widespread prejudice against summer footwear altogether. It’s a black mark that summer shoes are still trying to live down, but recent seasons have seen an explosion in the creativity and effort that goes into the category.

We hit the net to pull together a list of summer shoes that shouldn’t scare you. From Bottega Veneta to Birkenstock and everything in between, this is concrete proof that, actually, summer shoes have hit an all-time high.

Browse our 10 favorite pairs of summer shoes below.

adidas Adilette Sandals

Adilette Shower Slides

Adilette Shower Slides

$21

adidas

Buy at adidas US

Where better to start our foray into the best summer footwear than the iconic adidas Adilette slide? This red pair brings the heat this summer.

Birkenstock Boston Sandals

Boston

Boston

$130

Birkenstock

Buy at Harvey Nichols

When we spoke about the dark days of summer shoes, we forgot to say that there was one shining light throughout the whole thing: Birkenstocks. They will never die.

Valentino Leather Sandals

Leather Slides

Leather Slides

$535

Valentino

Buy at Harvey Nichols

Valentino takes a much more sophisticated tack than the growing contingent of rubber iterations this season. This pair of crossing leather sandals works with more formal trousers, too.

Off-White™ Rubber Slides

Rubber Slides

Rubber Slides

$135

Off-White™

Buy at Harvey Nichols

Off-White™ is always a safe bet when it comes to rubber slides the molded footbed is wildly comfortable and the pairs always come with a bold graphic aspect.

HOKA Recovery Slide

Recovery Slide

Recovery Slide

$55

HOKA

Buy at Urban Outfitters

HOKA broke the market with its huge, engineered sole units and they're coming for the slides game too. The brand's Recovery Slides retain the chunky sole unit of the running sneakers for maximum comfort in the heat.

Crocs Marbled Clogs

Marbled Clogs

Marbled Clogs

$55

Crocs

Buy at Urban Outfitters

Crocs has certainly been a surprising glow-up in recent seasons. Riding the wave of big, bold rubber footwear, the once-derided brand has shown the haters to never write someone off.

Bottega Veneta Rubber Sandals

Rubber Sandals

Rubber Sandals

$490

Bottega Veneta

Buy at Luisaviaroma

Bottega Veneta’s new Rubber Sandals are a real highlight of the season. The rubber Roman sandal works in all environments and all wardrobes, and it’s not lacking in shock value, either.

KEEN Uneek Sandals

Uneek Sandals

Uneek Sandals

$144

KEEN

Buy at Luisaviaroma

KEEN, like Crocs, has seen a quick flight to the top of contemporary style. The brand that dedicated itself to utility has seen a huge come up with the help of the Gorp wave.

Versace Medusa Slides

Medusa Slides

Medusa Slides

$525

Versace

Buy at Luisaviaroma

There's a lot going on in this pair of Versace slides. The molded uppers feature the classic baroque detailing and culminate in a Medusa logo to the vamp.

Gucci Rubber Mules

Perforated Sandals

Perforated Sandals

$460

Gucci

Buy at Mr Porter

If you’re a regular Highsnobiety reader, you’ll know how much we love a good pair of mules. Gucci’s black rubber mules feature a perforated monogram vamp and an unlikely rugged outsole to boot.

Want to keep browsing? Head to the Highsnobiety Shop for more products that we love. Highsnobiety has affiliate marketing partnerships, which means we may receive a commission from your purchase.

What To Read Next

*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.