New summer shoes have arrived in full force, and we’ve picked the most stylish and versatile ones. Whether you’re in the office, at the beach or relaxing poolside, these seven styles are sure to refresh your wardrobe for the season.
A new season typically calls for new footwear, and with hundreds of different colors, styles and trends being introduced, summer is no exception. Recent trends like pom-poms and block heels are being reinvented into breathable forms, and older styles like kitten heels and square toes have been made a comeback in fresh, new ways. Here are the essential shoes you should keep in your closet this summer.
Topshop “NOVEL” Square Toe Mules, $100, pink
The block-heeled mule has undergone a new phase for summer, abandoning ankle straps and embellishments for a simpler look. Square-toed options with a 3-inch heel, like these, can be worn with a business-casual ensemble for the office or with a dress for a night out. The open toe and slide form make them easy to put on and take off, and the thickness of the heel provides extra support. These features, in addition to the light-pink shade, are sure to add a modern silhouette and pop of color to any summer outfit.
Topshop “KARA” Pointed Flat Mules, White, $75, white
Heavily detailed mules invaded stores this winter, but this Topshop option’s simplicity and clean color have adapted the style for summer. These lower-heeled mules are easy to slip on and off, and their crisp bow detail and pointed toe will make any ensemble modern and chic.
Zara Frayed Edge Mule Sneakers, $22.99, lavender blue
If you don’t like dealing with complicated sneaker laces (and really, who does?), then slip-on sneakers are an option worth looking into this summer. These sneakers’ frayed details are rustic, and the pale blue color is sure to keep you (and your wardrobe) cool all summer.
Zara Leather Ankle Boots, Strawberry, $119, strawberry
Most people wouldn’t peg boots as a summer shoe, but styles like these are a must-have. The open toe and front cutout make them breathable and add detail alongside the leather’s wraparound effect. The berry color and kitten heel also add an updated touch to vintage trends.
Soludos Splatter Paint Platform Smoking Slipper, $75
Embroidery wasn’t just limited to winter shoes, as seen in these espadrilles. The denim material on the traditional espadrille shape creates a slightly casual effect, perfect for wearing to any beach, boardwalk or barbecue. And the fun paint-splatter embroidery adds detail to any outfit.
Steve Madden “Kapri” Wraparound Lace Sandal, Blush, $69.95, blush
This summer take on the lace-up trend is perfect for wearing to picnics, barbecues or even the pool. With a darling bow detail and nude color, these are versatile and perfect for any summer outfit.
Hinge “Barbo” Sandal, Rust Multi Fabric, $69.95
Sandals with heels are essential, but so are flat ones. These are the perfect blend of casual and eclectic with bright colors and a simple shape. They’re a pretty substitute for plain sandals and a fun, eye-catching mix of current tassel and embroidery trends.