Summer's Hottest Sandal Trends Have Something For The Minimalist & Maximalist In You

While summer officially kicks off June 21, it's never too early to up your shoe game with some of the season's coolest sandal trends. Nothing ties together the perfect summer outfit like the right pair of shoes, and this season there are a bevy of trends that are apt for an outdoor dinner, a stroll in the park, or a night out on the town, whether your style is bold and maximalist or leaning into 

It's totally understandable if you're wondering where to begin. Designers have released everything from platform sandals and casual slides to raffia heels — and there are so many trends and eras in style right now, spanning reimagining of the 1970s, 90s, and early aughts. One thing most of the summer 2023 sandal trends have in common, thankfully, is a focus on casual chic and comfortability. Ahead, we've rounded up some of our favorite styles of the summer that offer something for both the maximalist and minimalist in you.

Chunky platforms for added height

From high waisted denim to slip dresses, The 1990s keep calling — and footwear is no exception. This summer, keep an eye out for chunky sandals with modern updates. Instead of opting for the almost-cliche black platform slide, consider adding in a pop of color or going for a chunky sandal with more of a sculptural heel. Going this route will allow you to stay on trend, while still keeping your footwear firmly planted in 2023. Consider pairing it with a flowing dress for an easy, carefree vibe, or opting for bold colors from head to toe.

Simple slides with pops of color

Perhaps one of the simplest styles to incorporate into your wardrobe—and arguably the most comfortable—is the simple flat slide. These haven't gone out of style since Hermes released its iconic (and incredibly expensive) Oran sandal in 1997, and perhaps you already own something similar. If you're on the hunt for a new pair, however, you'll find plenty of options this summer with elevated feminine details, like a braided flourish or elegant bow. The good news is you can pair this shoe with almost anything in your closet, from form-fitting dresses to more relaxed attire.

An update to the espadrille

If you desperately miss your espadrille wedges from 2015, you're in luck. Summer 2023 is awash with updates to the easy-to-wear sandal in varying heel heights. When it comes to this trend, think in terms of texture. While classic espadrilles are typically made of jute, you'll find plenty of similar looks made from raffia — a straw-line material derived from a palm tree. Consider pairing this look with an all-white outfit for a clean, modern look, or opt for patterns and textures that offer a more bohemian aesthetic.

Denim for days

Whether you love it or hate it, denim looks continue to dominate, and this summer is no exception! You'll find plenty of denim shoes in various washes to choose from in the months ahead, ranging from Birkenstocks to strappy sandals. If you're a fan of the denim-on-denim look, consider pairing with a denim shirt and white jeans. To incorporate it into your outfit without giving Justin and Britney vibes, pair with a maxi dress or long skirt made of flowing fabric.

Nude and barely there

The strappy nude sandal option is a staple for any capsule closet and totally aligned with the minimalist chic look. It's also easy to wear; think of it as a footwear chameleon when it comes to working with your existing closet. To nail the trend, find an option that has delicate, thin lines and slim heels and is similar to your skin tone. The idea behind this trend is that it gives a barefoot vibe or is a more understated option. Like the flat slide, it works with almost anything in your closet and is an ideal way to keep the focus on the rest of your #OOTD.