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The 11 Best Pairs of Strappy Sandals To Add To Your Wardrobe Now

From flat to heeled, barely-there to embellished, and neutral to colorful, discover our editor-approved guide to the best strappy sandals of the season.

In the footwear department, strappy sandals have become the pinnacle of chic summer dressing. Far surpassing trend status, the shoe style is at once versatile and timeless, with many a fresh iteration arriving this season courtesy of designers like Daniel Lee at Bottega Veneta, Gianvito Rossi, and Hedi Slimane at CELINE, to name just a few. With these luxury labels putting out some of the most current and nuanced strappy sandals of the season, it’s no wonder the look has become key for effortless modern style.

You’ve no doubt double-tapped myriad outfits with strappy sandals at the crux after taking a scroll or two through your Instagram feed. Fashion-industry darlings like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, TyLynn Nguyen and Pernille Teisbaek have been spotted donning the footwear style du jour, with strappy sandals accenting everything from their beach-chic ensembles to more polished attire that’s appropriate for the office or formal events. 

Whether you’re one for flat sandals, mid-heel heights or sky-high stilettos, an assortment of strappy sandals is a must for emulating these minimal-chic looks. Opt for neutral hues like black, white and beige and modest heels from kitten heights to mules for day-to-day wear. For cocktails, dinners and occasions, look to bright colors and embellished styles for a fresh, trend-led feel. Lace-up strappy sandals are the top choice among trendsetters for day-to-night style, as are ultra-minimalist silhouettes for understated chic. 

While a collection of five or more pairs could seem excessive, versatility remains at the crux of this shoe trend. When building your strappy sandal wardrobe, you can feel good knowing your styles of choice will span the seasons and take you from the office to cocktails, the beach to ballroom or a garden party to a charity event—all the while looking as stylish as ever.

Keep reading for our edit of the 11 best strappy sandals every woman should own. The season’s best lie ahead, scoop them up before they sell out!

Flat Sandals

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Strappy flat sandals are universal favorites in the summer and for warm-weather retreats. Not to mention, a top-tier choice when comfort is a priority. In neutral hues like black, tan and white they’re highly versatile and ever-so-chicly punctuate ensembles that range from casual to elegant. Take a cue from Anouk Yve and pair yours back with jeans and a blouse on low-key days. Or, emulate Tamu McPherson’s ethereal style and team yours with a maxi dress and gold necklace. 

Heeled Strappy Sandals

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Heeled strappy sandals are one the most versatile heel styles you can have in your wardrobe, with coveted designer styles ranging from Bottega Veneta’s cult Stretch Sandals and the new-season Stretch Square-Toe Leather Sandals to Gianvito Rossi’s Eclypse 105 Leather Sandals in optic white. A true wear-anywhere style, try yours with a T-shirt and jeans for casual chic, as a finish to cocktail attire for a wedding or party or coordinated with a sophisticated suit at work. 

Mid-Heel Sandals

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Level-up pragmatic style with a pair of block or low-heel strappy sandals for on-the-go days. A slingback, lace-up or ankle-strap style will feel the most secure and pair effortlessly with dresses, separates and even work with elevated athleisure looks. For maximum versatility, again opt for neutrals in black, brown, ivory or white—Loq’s lace-up Dora sandals, Studio Amelia’s strappy slingbacks and Gianvito Rossi’s buttery-soft Bekah block-heels are among our favorites. 

Lace-Up Sandals

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For a high-impact strappy sandal look, it doesn’t get better than a lace-up silhouette. A must-try look both in flat and heeled form, it’s as stylish with casual wear as it is dressy attire. For straightforward style, pluck a minimalist version and lace them up with jeans, dresses and skirts on repeat. If you’re the trendsetter in your group, wrap your laces over a flowy pant á la Tine Andrea’s styling cue.

Minimal Strappy Sandals

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Minimalists know the power of the barely-there sandal. So slight, this strappy sandal style is akin to a white T-shirt in that it pairs seamlessly with everything in your wardrobe. For flat shoe enthusiasts, there’s no chicer style than Emme Parson’s String sandal, which comes in an array of colors. The Row’s Bare Leather Sandals maintain a similar panache. If you’re a tried-and-true minimalist, we suggest buying one in every color—these will form part of your core wardrobe for seasons to come.

Strappy Mules

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When opting for a strappy sandal with tailored pieces and sophisticated workwear, our top pick comes in the form of a mule. If versatility and neutrality is your game, Aeyde’s Larissa tan sandals and Neous’s Venus leather sandals in black are fail-safes that will work with everything in your wardrobe. For a bolder statement, choose Rejina Pyo’s Zoe leather sandals in white or Wandler’s two-tone Joanna leather sandals. 

Evening Sandals

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Silver and gold strappy sandals are synonymous with eveningwear, but for a glitzier statement this season, designers have delivered black strappy sandals with glittering adornment. You may fancy Jimmy Choo’s rhinestone-fringe sandals or Valentino’s feather-trimmed and crystal-embellished stilettos for a maximalist after-hours moment, both in smooth suede. Giuseppe Zanotti’s bedecked suede sandals and Aquazzura’s silver-studded sky-high heels are equally fanciful, though slightly more tempered. 

Nude Sandals

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Tan or nude strappy sandals are renowned for their versatility and look particularly chic when styled with minimalist clothing and resort wear. For a romantic look that you can wear for a balmy date night or on vacation, take a page out of Lucy William’s book and pair your silhouette of choice with a floral-print dress and pendant necklace. For something sleek and sophisticated, emulate Kayla Seah’s tailored look and style yours with an oversized blazer, crop top and trousers. 

Black Strappy Sandals

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Like tan, black strappy sandals are a wardrobe MVP whether you tend toward Versace’s super-slim lace-up stilettos, By Far’s Kertsi leather sandals with a geometric block heel or a mid-heel, ankle-strap style like from Christopher Esber and Neous. One thing’s for sure when you try one of these sandals: your outfit will read edgy-chic on any given day, whether with jeans and a top or in a lightly-colored dress. 

Colorful Sandals

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We’ll forever champion the classics, but colorful strappy sandals are among our favorite shoe trends for playfully chic style—especially in summer. Whether in pink, mint, or tangerine we love bright hues best for occasions á la Pernille Teisbaek and Anouk Yve. A color-blocked outfit is unexpectedly stylish as wedding guest attire or for a cocktail party, or you can go matchy-matchy by coordinating your outfit to your shoes. For a subtler dip in the color pond, team a punchy sandal with your little black dress. 

White Strappy Sandals

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As evidenced by the style set, white strappy heeled sandals are one of the most coveted styles, making them quite worthy of investment. For sleek day-to-day style, look to Miista’s ultra-thin Sally sandals with a sculptural heel or Alexandre Birman’s sleek Nelly ankle-straps. With resort wear, it doesn’t get better than Cult Gaia’s Soleil suede sandals with a Bamboo-inspired heel. For a bolder, more directional style, Amina Muaddi‘s new-season Zula sandals trimmed with PVC are sure to wow, whatever the occasion.  

About the Author
Laura Lajiness is a freelance writer and editor covering fashion, accessories, fine jewelry, and lifestyle topics, including fitness, beauty, home, and travel. You can see her work across various outlets, including ELLE, InStyle, Glamour, Brides, Women's Health, The Zoe Report, Popsugar, Refinery 29, and Well+Good, among other titles and brands. She's held senior fashion editor positions at Popsugar and The Zoe Report, with additional experience as a stylist, brand consultant, copywriter, and fashion publicist.
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