8 Summer 2019 Sandal Trends You Need to Know Now

Summer ushers in vacations and barbecues, but sartorially speaking, it’s also a huge shift to open-toe season.

Here are the sandal trends that will be dominating summer 2019:

The Naked Sandal

Also known as the floss heel, the fashion influencer-favorite is still going strong, and for much of the sandal offerings out now, the message is clear: Less is more.

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The Naked sandal at London Fashion Week, September 2018.
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The Row’s Bare leather sandal .
CREDIT: Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman
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Rag & Bone’s Cindy tie sandal.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Shopbop

The Sport Sandal

Also know as the Teva, which is poised to become the sandal of the summer after buzzy collabs and more than a few knockoffs.

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Sporty Velcro sandals at Copenhagen Fashion Week, August 2018.
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Teva’s Flatform Universal
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Jeffrey Campbell’s Hang 10 Surf sandal.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstrom

The Mom Mule

Marked by their sensible kitten or mid heel, square toe and an air of uncool-cool, millennials are channeling their moms (and Princess Di) with these ‘90s-inspired slides and sandals.

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Mom Mules at Milan Fashion Week, September 2018.
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By Far Virgo suede slide sandal.
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Staud’s Gita thong sandal.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Staud

The V-Thong

It’s not as scandalous as it sounds. The flip-flop may be ubiquitous on the beach and at the pool, but the season’s street thong comes with more coverage on the top of the foot, a detail that instantly elevates the style. Just make sure to keep them clean.

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Actual thong sandals at New York Fashion Week, September 2018.
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Tory Burch Patos thong sandal.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Farfetch
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Cult Gaia’s Tina sandal.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Netaporter

The Flatform

Practical but elevated is the name of the game for this leveled platform style, which is usually either sporty or wacky. This season it’s a bit more universal.

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Sporty flatforms at on Xenia Adontis at Paris Fashion Week, September 2018.
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Miu Miu flatform logo sandal.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstrom
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Marni’s textured leather and wood flatform.
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The Retro Platform

Fall ‘19 had a lot of shoes that are sure to lift women up, but designers got a jump start on the platform trend for spring ’19 with carefree, ’70s-style sandal options just aching for a good summer date night.

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Woven platforms and rainbow hues at Paris Fashion Week, September 2018.
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Jacquemus strappy wedge sandal.
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Laurence Dacade Helissa sandal in raffia.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Shopbop

The Simple Slide

One and done. That’s how much effort it takes to put your foot into a flat slide sandal. This season’s best options come in natural, woven textures.

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Flat slide sandals at Milan Fashion Week September 2018.
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Carrie Forbes Naima woven raffia sandal.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman
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Kate Spade Juliane slide.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Zappos Luxury

The Two-Strap

Instantly flattering, this ubiquitous dressy heel is still going strong. Consider it the shoe mascot of the summer wedding.

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Two-strap heels at New York Fashion Week, September 2018.
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Gianvito Rossi Portofino sandal.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Netaporter
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Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong patent leather ankle wrap sandal.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

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