Must Have Summer Shoes

best summer sandals, straw bag

Come summertime, I’m all about a great summer sandal. There are so many fun options out there from summer espadrilles to cork sandals and all the lace up strappy options. And let’s not forget the easy to throw on and go slide, my favorite! And my go-to for feeling dressed up but still comfortable, a low block heel. I always have way too many summer shoes and I blame the fact that they’re usually a heck of a lot cheaper than fall and winter boots!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite go-to summer shoes that will take you from now through the end of summer. From events to errands, to just lounging by the pool. These are my favorite summer shoes to grab right now.

The Best Summer Shoes To Buy

For me, a great summer shoe should do a few things. First, it should be comfortable! I am too old for uncomfortable shoes these days. Second, they should feel summery! Whether that’s canvas, rattan details or a summer print, I love a good shoe that feels like summer. And lastly, they shouldn’t be TOO expensive. There may be one major splurge here, but other than that, these pieces are pretty affordable!

Comfortable Slide

cupcakes and cashmere leather crossover slides

I finally stepped outside my STEVEN Greece slides (I own the white, black AND tan) and grabbed these cognac leather slides from the cupcakes and cashmere collection. They’re super comfortable and go with so much. I’ve been sliding them on to quickly run errands without having to skip a beat because they go with everything. They basically live at my front door these days. More everyday comfortable slides below!

Colorful Espadrille

castaner blue espadrilles

It’s no secret that I think espadrilles are a MUST HAVE for summer. I mean I did a whole damn post on it! These Castaner wedges are so comfy and are my second pair from the brand. You may remember these bow wedges. Another favorite, but sadly no longer available. These lace-up ones are great and go with so much. They have tons of styles and colors to choose from too. Shop my favorite Castaner espadrilles below. And PS, this is THE way to tie your espadrilles so they’re stable and more comfortable.

Strappy Sandals

Tamara Mellon Frontline Sandals Review

I believe sandals should be strappy, right? It’s just how it goes. I love these Tamara Mellon ones that have the see-through part on them. They really elongate your leg even as a flat. It’s great! But even lace-up strappy sandals, or heeled ones are always fun for spring and summer. They go perfect with little white dresses and even jean shorts and a tee. PS you can check out my Tamara Mellon sizing review post here.

A Great Neutral Low Heel Sandal

schutz sandals with hat attack bag

A true mandatory shoe to have, a neutral comfortable sandal. Dressy enough to wear out or with a nice sundress, but also simple enough to pair with just jean shorts and a pretty top. I’ve been wearing these Schutz sandals nonstop but have to admit, they aren’t SUPER comfortable. They need a little more breaking in. These Sole Society ones are super similar if you want something under $100! Below are more neutral favorites that I am loving.

Cork Anything

bill blass cork pumps

These cork slingback flats are a perfect addition to your closet. Great for the office, with a sundress, or how I styled them here with simple jeans and a pretty top. They come in three colors and are currently on sale for a little under $100. Bill Blass always makes a fun shoe and these are a perfect neutral! Cork shoes are always a great idea for spring and summer. They go with so much and instantly feel summery.

Photos by Hannah Lozano

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 5.9.19

    Love me a good cork shoe!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

    • 5.9.19
      Jessica said:

      Those Bill Blass ones are very you!

  2. 5.9.19
    Laura Leigh said:

    With you 100% on the espadrilles – I live and breath them come spring/summer. I’m OBSESSED with your new pair (my copy you haha). Also just received a cute pair of slides like yours from Everlane – so soft! Pretty sure I’ll be living in those!

    xo Laura Leigh

  3. 5.10.19
    Morgan said:

    Okay, those cork slingbacks need to immediately make their way into my closet! Love em!

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  4. 5.12.19
    Lisa Autumn said:

    I might get myself a pair of castaner wedges soon! I love them!

    x Lisa |

  5. 5.14.19
    Shannon said:

    I am loving the cork shoes! Such a fun touch for summer – not to mention, we get to wine country here in California often so they’d be so fun to wear there! x Shannon •

  6. 6.18.20
    Rachel said:

    Love all of these pairs! I need to get a low heel slide sandal for summer and am loving the 42 Gold pair you linked!


  7. 6.18.20
    Maureen said:

    Slides and espadrilles are my favorite summer shoes! They are both so comfortable and go with everything.

    Maureen |