This Retro Sandal Is Back to Replace Flip Flops for Summer

There’s no doubt nostalgia has hit a high note with footwear, and now, toe ring sandals are the latest retro trend to make a comeback this season.

Revamped on spring 2019 runways, thanks to the likes of Celine, Y/Project and Phillip Lim, the minimalist style elevates the classic flip flop with a toe ring-like fixture. Not only is it eye-catching —  often done in a range of strappy versions with everything from snakeskin print to beaded embellishments — but it’ll also help keep you locked into place as it hugs your big toe. Heck, many styles are even great for preventing bunions because they often feature an open vamp design that won’t cramp toes.

While funky tan lines are an inevitable side effect of rocking this style, they’re so chic and comfy, we reckon it’s worth the risk. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite toe loop sandals to add to your wardrobe this summer —  perfect for beach getaways or simply elevating your everyday style. Read on to shop them all.

Caslon Mari Toe Loop Slide Sandal

This versatile slide, featuring soft leather straps available in a range of earth tones, will work equally well with jeans and summer dresses.

Caslon Mari Toe Loop Slide Sandal


Asos Design Faro Toe Loop Flat sandals

An even more low-profile style, this all-black option includes a single thick strap across the mid foot.

Asos Design Faro leather toe loop flat sandals


Nine West Clara Studded Toe Loop Sandal

Subtle stud details add an eye-catching touch to this flat, strappy option.

Nine West Clara Studded Toe Loop Sandal


Jeffrey Campbell Harlowe Toe Loop Sandal

An all-white sandal adds a fresh touch to any look, especially when it’s as modern as this toe loop version from Jeffrey Campbell. The edgy blanc style features a clear, cylindrical-shaped heel and crisscross ankle straps for added support.

Jeffrey Campbell Harlowe Toe Loop Sandal


Simmi London Sahara Snake Toe Loop Sandals

Snakeskin is essentially the new neutral, meaning it can complement a range of muted to vibrant tones (as well as geometric prints, if you’re feeling a bit daring). We love this toe loop sandal featuring the pattern, which offers a barely-there aesthetic via thin straps and a flat base.

Simmi London Sahara Snake Toe Loop Sandals


TopShop Rio Plum Toe Loop Sandals

The perfect desk to date night option, this elegant square-toed style is done in a rich plum color with strappy detailing and a buckle closure around the ankle. The thin block heel adds another on-trend touch.

TopShop Rio Plum Toe Loop Sandals


Mystique Sea Shell Strap Toe Ring Sandals

There are few things more synonymous with summer than the beach, so it only makes sense that seashells are popping up on clothing, accessories and even footwear right now. This sandal from Mystique makes it to the top of our wish list, complete with shells, delicate pearls and rhinestones for a touch of bling.

Mystique Sea Shell Strap Toe Ring Sandals


Muk Luks Hadlee Embellished Toe-Loop Sandals

Dress up basic ensembles with these embellished slides, including colorful tassels and coin-like hardware strewn across the front straps.

Muk Luks Hadlee Embellished Toe-Loop Sandals


Truffle Collection Toe Loop Tie Leg Heeled Sandals

Consider this the ultimate nude sandal. It offers the toe loop accent, with a moderate block heel and ankle ties for a particularly svelte silhouette.

Truffle Collection Toe Loop Tie Leg Heeled sandals


London Rebel Toe Loop Sandals

Love the look of ankle ties without the added height? This grecian-style option is a great pick, especially as it adopts another one of the season’s hottest footwear trends: braided details (this time done in shimmering gold). The sandal also offers a wide fit to accommodate wide feet.
London Rebel Toe Loop Sandals

Birkenstock Mayari Color Pop Sandal

For an ultra-comfy option this summer, try Birkenstock’s take on the toe loop sandal. The brand’s Mayari slide features thinner straps than it classic styles for a slightly more feminine look, plus an EVA footbed that molds to the shape of your foot.

Birkenstock Mayari Color Pop Sandal

All products featured have been independently selected and curated by our editorial team. If you buy something through the links included on our site, FN may earn a commission. 

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