It’s sandal season. Well, it’s technically sandal season all year round in Florida, but it hits different in the springtime. Spring clothes just seem designed for pretty strappy sandals of all kinds. Except the frumpy ones. And that’s what this video is about.
But first, let me get something out of the way.
Not all cute sandals are:
We deserve to have it all. So if some of the sandals on this list don’t work for you, keep looking. There’s bound to be something here that suits your feet and your style.
Most women would benefit from at least 2 sandals for warm weather: A metallic and a medium neutral, like brown (the most versatile) or gray (best for those with cool coloring).
While not exactly a sandal, many of these do show off either a cute pedicure or the back of the foot, and since they’re a go-to for me, I couldn’t leave them off the list.
But as with all of these categories, there are good mules and bad mules. Let’s start with the good ones.
What makes these so stylish> They are sleek, modern, and not fussy. The details that they do have are modern and trendy. They are also versatile enough to be dressed up or down.
And now for the not-so-good styles. These styles are not just frumpy, but some of the details limit them to casual wear, making them less versatile.
The Statement Sandal
This category is optional, of course, and something to try if they suit your personal style, but they are a fun way to add interest to a simple outfit. Maybe for you, a statement sandal is just a pop of color or an interesting heel shape. For this roundup, I focused on bold and (mostly) multicolored styles.
While these might not be for everyone, these sandals are modern, colorful, and a fab addition to simple spring outfits.
These clunky colorful sandals are just not cute and very unflattering to the foot.
The Comfort Sandal
Comfort can be cute! Or at least modern and trendy. 🙂 If you fear your comfort sandal style is dated, look for a more modern version from the same brand. Details to look for include rubber soles (simpler and sleeker is better), fewer straps, and simpler sleeker finishes.
These are modern and, for the most part, sleek and versatile. Birkenstocks, while not my personal fave, are trendy and a great choice for a modern comfort sandal.
While there are worse options, there are also better ones. The first pair, with the elastic straps and awkward sole, is really dated and not flattering.
The Braided Sandal
Woven, braided, and textured styles are trending, but as with every category, there are good and not-so-good versions.
These are both unflattering and out of style.
The Dress Sandal
These are a wardrobe staple, and are essential for weddings, holidays, and other special events.
The most versatile dress sandal is a neutral or metallic, with a slim or block heel.
With their diagonal straps and dated details, these are sandals that will age you.
The Flat Slide Sandals
Sport sandals should be for sports, not everyday wear, just like sports sneakers. For a more versatile flat slide, look for a sleeker pair in leather or even rubber.
These simple and elegant leather sandals can be worn with everything from dresses to activewear and always look cute.
These styles are for casual wear only, and can look heavy on your feet. This is an example of a trendy style that is not flattering on nearly anyone.
The Flip Flop
These are a staple here in Florida, and there are both cute and not-so-cute versions of these.
A simple and sleek (ideally not platform) rubber flip flop or elegant leather thong sandal is your best choice here.
The ubiquitous black platform rubber flip flop, a Florida staple, is just not cute, especially when dusted with crystals or sparkle. Neither is the basic comfort brand flip flop.
The Strappy Sandal
These styles are usually flat, and include gladiators, lace-up styles, etc.
Whether delicate styles with thin straps or more supportive and substantial pairs, these are all stylish picks.
These are not awful, but lack the style and flattery of the above pairs.
What did you think of my sandal roundup? And which of these styles would you consider updating? Let me know in the comments!