With summer finally beginning to peek its head out, it’s time to begin assessing our wardrobes and deciding what we need to stock up on. The best place to start looking is your shoes, as they can determine the rest of your wardrobe. So, even if you think you’re all set as far as footwear, you should probably take a look around and see if you find any last minute, irresistible pieces to add in – you can never have too many. Sandals and slides are the shoes you’ll want to be looking for in summer 2016. The 20 pairs of summer 2016 sandals we have in this list will not only complement your wardrobe, but also open the doors for a whole new section in your closet.
1. Alexander Wang Leather Slip-Ons
These leather flats by Alexander Wang feature silver-toned studs on the top lattice-like design. They are easy to slip on and wear, so you can just toss them on and run out the door in style. The cutouts make the sandals airy, so for summer you will be comfy, and in some designer kicks. You can buy these sandals from FORWARD.
2. Loeffler Randall Metallic Silver Strappy Sandals
For summer 2016, and every summer before, a pair of strappy, feminine sandals is an essential element in anyone’s wardrobe. These sandals from Loeffler Randall will add that necessary piece, while still adding some extra style, due to the silver tone of the straps and the rose gold accents.
3. Mabu by Maria BK Over-Decorated Sandals
Definitely one of the most trending summer 2016 sandals, this high lacing pair brings to mind the Yiddish word “ungapatchka” – overly decorated and busy. The best thing is, I mean that in the greatest way possible. With these colorful pom-pom sandals, you’ll always be a topic for conversation, and they’re sure to brighten people’s days as they see them. These are just a good pair of fun shoes for summer 2016 that will liven up your wardrobe. You can find them at Net-a-Porter.
4. Blue Suede Lace Up Heels
This is a pair of sandals that juxtaposes delicacy and being fun, with dainty straps lacing up around the ankles paired with the blue accent at the toe and tassel at the heel. This is a fun pair of summer 2016 shoes for an evening out, where you don’t have a care in the world. Buy these heeled sandals from ASOS!
5. Floral Slingbacks
Slingback sandals are some of the best summer shoes, since they are so easy to wear and you’re given the same amount of sun as you are through wearing a simple pair of flip flops. You get the extra support of the slingback strap, and, in this case, you are able to get an adorable, 3D floral print on a whole new level – you won’t see this silver style in ordinary flip flops. Buy these sandals from ASOS!
6. Chloe Colorful Knotted Block Heels
The cord-like straps in this quirky shoe are made of knotted leather. Made as a base for the ’90s-themed catwalk of Chloé’s spring 2016 show, the block heels here bring back one of the lesser remembered ’90s trends, and pull them into a wearable new set of sandals for summer 2016. The white platform here would make these shoes striking when worn with a breezy white outfit. You will find these sandals at Net-a-Porter.
7. Pink Leather Slingbacks
Bringing together the utility of the slingback feature, the quality of the leather, and the femininity of the woven pink, these summer 2016 sandals are ideal for your cute, semi-casual warm-weather looks. In summer, sandals should have more than one purpose, and shoes like these can translate between wear with sundresses, shorts, capris, jeans, and about anything else, so a pair like this will prove to be a great investment. You will find these at ASOS.
8. Fendi Thick Strapped Floral sandals
These thickly block-heeled sandals feature thick bands of cornflower and black leather, using minimum surface space to hold your feet in place. Designed by Fendi, and available from Net-a-Porter, this spring and summertime footwear almost looks cartoonish due to the 3D florals on the top. The low heel makes it easy to wear these shoes throughout your day, so you don’t need to worry about losing momentum.
9. Stuart Weitzman Strappy Snakeskin Sandals
Sometimes snakeskin can get to be a bit much, but with these embossed sandals from FORWARD, the print is embedded within the design of the shoe, so the two are able to play against each other rather well. The shoe is all in leather, and with the classy snakeskin finish everything just feels luxurious, so you can take this summer by storm.
10. Givenchy Modern Jelly Sandals
Jelly shoes were inherently a ’90s trend, and I hope it largely stays that way. But Givenchy found a way to modernize that trend, and has created these chainlink-styled jelly shoes, perfect for the sandals trend of summer 2016. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue in four creamy shades, each option stays smooth, which gives a material aesthetic rivaled to no other. These casual shoes will really work well with your casual ensembles on days that may take a turn for the gloomy.
11. Loeffler Randall Peep Toe Tassel Sliders
Easy to pop on and go, these Loeffler Randall metallic tassel sliders can be purchased from Saks Fifth Avenue. The tassels featured right on the open toe give a quirky edge while still keeping up to date with summer 2016 shoe trends. If heels aren’t quite your speed with lower key events, sliders like this may be a slick alternative. The silver-toned leather works well with dresses of many types, so investing in these could give your feet a much-needed rest from heels.
12. Pollini Casual Floral Slingbacks
These cute and simple floral sandals are available from Farfetch, and are characterized by brown florals with minimal black accents. Keeping things in the simple brown color scheme makes it much easier to pair these with your favorite ensembles for the upcoming summer 2016. There’s nothing too serious about these shoes, making them excellent for wearing anytime throughout the season.
13. Paula Cademartori Gold, Scalloped Sandals
These sandals really take you back, to an ancient era, even; between the composition and showing on the website, these shoes take on that old-worldly vibe. Created with gold leather, silver, and cork, the materials used in the production of these sandals are rich, leaving no expenses to the summer 2016 sandals trend. You can purchase these sandals from Moda Operandi.
14. Proenza Schouler Open Toed Leather Sliders
Proenza Schouler has created these white leather sliders, which feature metal pom-poms that have the appearance of being strung together by black crocheted bits. As with any sliders, you are given the incentive of easy wearing, so as to simply slide on and go. What better way is there to finish off a chic summer 2016 ensemble than by sliding into a pair of luxurious sliders, like these, which are available from Forzieri.
15. Giambattista Valli Strappy, Elegant Heels
Imagine attending a black tie garden party. The time it is a warm evening of summer 2016, and you’re all dressed up in a stunning little black dress. All what’s left is to step into this pair of gorgeously embellished, block-heeled sandals by none other than Giambattista Valli. These sandals are available from Moda Operandi, and will truly make or break any formal event you attend this summer.
16. Steve Madden Simple Ankle-Strapped Sandals
These Steve Maddens are simple and chic, perfect for mixing and matching with all kinds of outfits, both casual and formal. You can purchase these shoes from Nordstrom in one of four shades of suede or in a pale pink patent leather. These sandals are a take on the classic ankle-strapped shoe, but this time with a thin, block heel that translates well to the sandal trends for summer 2016.
17. Proenza Schouler Wooden and Calfskin Heels
These heeled sandals, created by Proenza Schouler, are held aloft due to the striped, natural-appearing wooden cylinder used as a heel. A silver grommet has been placed on either side of the shoe, which ensures that everything remains modern, while the calfskin laces work with the wooden heel to keep things down to earth. This whole footwear concept is juxtaposed, giving a unique sandal experience for summer 2016. You will find them at Moda Operandi.
18. Nicholas Kirkwood Architectural Pearl Sandals
The angle of the heel of these sandals is truly remarkable, and is a unique beauty on this list and in the footwear industry. With a signature Nicholas Kirkwood pearl lodged between the architecturally angled heel and bottom of the shoe, this pair of sandals appears to be luxurious, which goes along with the rich navy blue, thick ankle strap, and smooth print. Find these sandals from Moda Operandi.
19. Studded Rocker Block Heels
Block heels are a retro trend, and with this type of edgy, rocker styling, we are transported back into the ’90s pop punk era. Available from ASOS, these studded and buckled sandals are given an open design, making them ideal for summer wear, and will also allow you to keep up with your trendy retro styling needs throughout the year.
20. Clear Heeled Gladiators
Gladiator sandals are a bohemian staple, and adding in a heel just gives it a new dimension. In a grey patent leather with a clear heel, these shoes from ASOS are truly unique. What better sandals for summer 2016 could you want than a pair that encompasses multiple trends in one? That’s just smart spending right there, so you might as well buy this as well as a few others and give your wardrobe a boost!
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