I'm Over "Basic" Sandals—Here Are the 5 Trends I'm Into Instead

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Over the years, I’ve collected my fair share of closet basics and think I really have the staples covered. That includes my shoe wardrobe, which mainly revolves around sandals during the summer months. My closet includes everything from easy flats and practical flip-flops for the beach to simple strappy heels and slingbacks that I rely on to wear with so many outfits. Now that I’ve covered the basics, though, I’m ready to turn up the volume and add in some cool, directional sandals.

Yep, that includes some of the pieces that are having a major moment right now, as well as the trends I’m predicting we’ll be seeing plenty more of as we head into fall. From pointy toe heels to saturated shades to reinvented platforms, the cool sandals on the market are leaving me inspired to add some newness into my outfits. Ahead, the best sandals (and 5 biggest trends) to add to your shopping cart right now.

High-Impact Shades

Bold, saturated shades are primed to take over on the fashion scene, but why wait? I predict we'll be seeing high-impact colors like bright green, hot pink, and orangey reds.

Shop the trend:

Zara Tie Strap Heeled Sandals ($70)

Jacquemus Les Carre Rond Asymmetric Lace-Up Leather Sandals ($600)

Zara Heeled Sandals With Thin Straps ($50)

Simon Miller Vegan Tee Heel Sandals ($130)

Schutz Dethalia Slide Sandal ($98)

Reinvented Platforms

Platform sandals got a makeover for 2021 and we're seeing styles finished with everything from toe-rings and ankle straps to strappy designs. These shoes are definitely the summer sandals to own this season.

Shop the trend:

Gia Borghini x RHW Rosie 4 Sandals ($575)

Zara Strappy Sandals ($50)

Staud Nicky Croc-Effect Leather Sandals ($395)

Studio Amelia Tubular Wrap Leather Sandals ($400)

Pointed Heels

The pointy heel trend is officially in full force, but I think it's just getting started. These lend a sharp sophistication to anything they're paired with.

Shop the trend:

Gia Borghini x Pernille Teisbaek Perni Mules ($418)

Atp Atelier Serranova Mule Sandals ($228)

Amina Muaddi Caroline Leather Mules ($660)

Atp Atelier Scialara Black Nappa Heels ($266)

Reike Nen Strappy Pointed Sandals ($320)

Heeled Thongs

It was only a matter of time before heeled thongs made their resurgence and right now is the moment. With brands including The Row and Prada on board, you can bet these will be sticking around for a long time.

Shop the trend:

The Row Constance Sandals ($850)

Circus by Sam Edelman Skeet Thong Heels ($79)

Senso Liza Ii Sandals ($165)

Prada Logo-Detailed Leather Thong Sandals ($790)

Open Edit Quentin Heeled Sandal ($60)

Foam Slides

Yeezy put these foam slides on the map and they've since become a major cult item among the fashion set.

Shop the trend:

Yeezy Slides ($245)

Cushionaire Cloud Slides ($25)

Stevemadden Scuba Black ($40)

Bronax Pillow Slippers ($23)

Yeezy Slides ($305)

Next: The 10 Biggest Trends to Know About for Fall 2021

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