The polarizing discussion on flip-flops is one that may never die, especially when events like Old Navy’s infamous $1 flip-flop sale still wreak havoc on Twitter and expose an army of die-hard rubber-sandal devotees. We get it. They’re an easy go-to in the summer that requires little thought and assures all-day comfort. But, if you’re ready to retire your flip-flops to beach-only excursions, then we’re ready to talk five alternative summer shoe trends to reach for instead.
‘Tis the season for exposing your toes with abandon, so naturally, sandals are reigning supreme. (If you’d rather keep your toes hidden, there’s a few picks in here for you as well.) While we’re not exactly too surprised by summer’s top must-haves, they’re a refreshing step away from the flat slides of the past. Following in the wake of 2018’s big-bet handbag and ready to wear trends, we’re seeing PVS materials and raffia details infiltrating footwear, as well. And yes, wedges are definitely back (another divisive style, we know). The underlying theme this year, though? Comfortable, summer-vacation appropriate, yet still dressy enough to pull off at most cocktail-attire weddings.
So, pack up your pool slides and follow in our footsteps for a look at what are sure to be the biggest shoes of the summer.
The PVC trend marches on. Plastic details have had a huge presence in fashion as of late. And between transparent bags and vinyl pants, the next natural bet would have be our kicks.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh, $400, available at Maryam Nassir Zadeh
If you feel like you’ve been seeing these everywhere, it’s because you have. The square toe sandal has become a requisite model for almost every shoe brand this year. It’s only expected with about every other ’90s trend coming into play simultaneously.
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