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50 Best Summer sandals & the 15 Summer shoe trends for 2023 to wear now!

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Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Eve Dawes

Your Summer wardrobe isn’t complete without 1 of these stylish trending summer sandals for wherever your Summer takes you

Summer sandals trends for 2023 are all over the board with something for everyone from glam to minimalistic. We can’t get enough of this seasons summer sandals and shoe trends for 2023 as the temperatures climb. Which includes super cute flats, heels, chunky platforms, wedges, woven styles and cool sculptural heels. The thousands of shoe styles can get overwhelming so I’ve done the work for you in this best summer sandals edit which covers all of the major 2023 summer shoes trends. So whatever you have planned this summer and whatever your personal style take a peek at these top 50 summer sandals from designer to affordable looks for less and the sandals on my wishlist or already in my closet. What can I say, I plan ahead! From brands best sellers and most popular styles to the top summer sandals trends of 2023 to classic styles, this is the footwear worth buying.

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Summer sandals and shoe trends 2023

There’s really something for everyone this year with the summer sandals trends of 2023. Including glam embellished and metallic styles that work for both the day and night. On the opposite end of the spectrum, understated quiet luxury and comfortable but refined silhouettes are having a major moment. Classic styles are always in style, that’s why they’re classics but the buzz word of the season is putting quiet luxury brands in the spotlight. The 2023 Summer sandals trends include:

  1. Woven or caged flat or mule sandals
  2. Ballerina flats
  3. Pointed shoes
  4. Mary Jane shoes
  5. Bright color slides and sandals
  6. Wedges
  7. Kitten heels
  8. Fresh white sneakers
  9. Sparkly shoes for both day and night
  10. Classic loafers
  11. Minimalistic strappy sandals
  12. Statement heels
  13. Sculptural heels
  14. Raffia, straw or rope sandals
  15. Puffy Sandals

You can also expect to see lots of ballet flats, slides, strappy heels, wedges, mules, platforms, statement heels, loafers, classic flip flops and pointed toe sandals around for Summer 2023.

Puffy Sandals are still very much in style. Vogue and Marie-Claire say they’re one of the biggest summer sandals trends and designers like Jacquemus and Acne Studios are stull adding puffy shoes and bags to their collections. I only found 1 stylist who said they were tired and overdone.

Even still, 2023’s puffy phenomenon has yet to hit its peak: Jamie Lee, a shoes buyer at Moda Operandi, says the trend will swell to its fullest potential in the coming months, primarily with the accessories market. 

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Like I said, there really is a style and trend for everyone this season. So get your pedicures done and keep scrolling for our top picks for summer vacations, street wear and special occasions.

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Give your round toe shoes a break as pointed toe shoes are back for 2023, Hallelujiah! There’s nothing like this shape for an elegant, streamlined silhouette. Wedges and ballet flats are also back which means being able to be comfortable without sacrificing style.

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Saint Laurent black wedges | Photo FWRD

The 15 major summer sandals and shoe trends for 2023 explained

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 Summer shoes and sandals trends and how to wear these fashion trends.

1. Woven or caged sandals | Casual 2023 summer shoe trend

Fisherman sandals are still in style for 2023 as are Bottega Veneta Lido and Alfie Intreciatto sandals and woven styles. It doesn’t matter whether they’re flats or heeled mules for this 2023 summer sandals trend. There are lots of luxe for less versions linked below if you don’t want to splurge.

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Pink mules on sale | Photo FWRD

2. Chic summer shoe trends 2023 | Ballerina Flats

You can’t have failed to miss this 2023 summer shoe trend. Pretty much every designer has released some kind of iteration of ballet pumps from Miu Miu to The Row to Tod’s and Mansur Gavriel. I’ve also linked some more affordable styles below. They’re a more chic option than sneakers for when you want comfort without sacrificing style.

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Black leather flats | Photo Nordstrom

3. Pointed shoes 2023 summer shoe trend

I’m so happy pointed toes are back. I tolerated and wore but didn’t love the square toes and have always been a pointed toe girl. They just look more feminine and polished than other shapes. So grab a pair of pointed mules or pumps and style them with pretty much any of your summer outfits.

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Pointed toe Tom Ford heels | Photo FWRD

4. Trending shoes Summer 2023 | Mary Jane Shoes

Mary Jane shoes are another ladylike style to come back into fashion with designers releasing everything from The Row‘s peep toe sandals to Bottega Veneta sculptural heels with oversized buckles in towering heights. They don’t have to be ladylike, platforms like this Valentino pair have more of a cool girl aesthetic and are a great way to wear this trend too.

5. Bright color shoes

Yes neutrals are in style but so are bright colors like red, blue, pink, yellow and green for 2023. So if you’re looking to create monochromatic looks or for a statement shoe don’t be afraid to be bold with your color choices.

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Blue heeled mules on sale under $50 | Photo Revolve

6. Cool girl summer shoe trend 2023 | Wedges

Wedges and wedge espadrilles are a classic summer shoe style but this year they’re also a big summer shoe trend for 2023. Especially more usual styles with an interesting wedge like Dolce and Gabbana’s or Khaite’s. I’ve always loved wedges for vacation or for when I want height but something more supportive than strappy heel sandals and this years versions are cooler than ever.

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Summer sandals trending now Crystal wedges | Photo FWRD

7. Kitten heels

Love them or hate them kitten heels are back in style for 2023. I’m more in the leave them camp as I’m too petite and muscular for them but a lot of my taller friends love them. They’re a more comfortable and practical choice than stiletto heels and Dior has some of the best designer logo versions of them. If you prefer more low key, quiet luxury shoe brands, check out Manolo Blahnik’s kitten heel slingback which doesn’t have a logo in sight but is made of the softest kid leather.

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White low heel | Photo FWRD

8. White sneakers

White sneakers are pretty much a summer shoe essential for everyday comfort and running errands. After the last couple of years chunky soles and bright colors, it’s great to see more classic style sneakers coming back for Summer 2023.

9. Glam Summer sandals trends 2023 | Sparkly shoes for the day and night

If you thought sparkly shoes were just for the night think again. Prada has one of the prettiest pairs of crystal slide sandals and heel mules for Summer 2023 that work for both the day and night. The flat crystal slip-on sandals are one of Neiman Marcus best sellers. The hardest decision is deciding between the heels and flats as they’re both stunners!

10. Comfortable Summer shoe trends 2023 | Classic Loafers

Women’s loafers are a 2023 summer shoe trend I’m all over. I can’t wait to wear them walking around Europe for more support and comfort than slides and strappy sandals. Chunky soles are out but classic styles and logo’ed loafers are very much in style for Summer 2023.

Consider a convertible pair like Gucci’s for the most versatile option that works for all seasons to get more wear out of them. If you’re going to Europe this Summer, wait to buy them until you get there. They’re so much cheaper there (shop UK Gucci site)!

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White mule loafers | Photo Nordstrom

11. Minimalist strappy sandals trend Summer 2023

On the opposite end of the 2023 summer shoe trends from glam statement heels is quiet luxury, minimalistic sandals. Logo free, luxe leathers and materials that offer comfort and style like Ancient Greek, Hermès, Yianna, and ATP Atelier who are more affordable than they sound.

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12. High impact summer sandals trends 2023 | Statement heels

Who doesn’t love a statement heel for creating impact with any outfit. Whether it’s the color, elaborate style or heel that makes the statement, put your best foot forward and be daring with your style choices this Summer. Louboutin has some pretty floral embellished heels but Steve Madden also has stunning and ultra glam gold (they also come in pink) butterfly embellished high heel sandals for a more affordable option. Butterflies are another trends for SS2023 so why not kill 2 birds with 1 stone by combining the strappy sandals and butterfly trend.

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Gold heels | Photo Revolve

13. Sculptural heels | Cool Summer sandals trend 2023

The sculptural heel trend for Summer 2023 gives interest to all of your summer heels and sandals. From spool heels to Cult Gaia’s cool stacked heels, there’s a style and heel height for everyone.

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Cult Gaia Sculptural heel sandals | Photo FWRD

14. Raffia, straw or rope sandals

One of my favorite summer shoe trends that always give a beachy, laid back look to any outfit. I’m especially loving Bottega Veneta’s rope heeled mules for chic resort wear style. For a more comfortable option go for flat or wedge versions of this summer shoe trend.

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Bottega Veneta mules | Photo FWRD

15. Puffy Sandals | Summer sandals still in style for 2023

Puffy sandals are still a summer shoe trend for 2023 with everyone from Proenza Schouler, Bottega Veneta, Stella McCartney and Gianvito Rossi having their own iterations. Comfortable and stylish, what’s not to love?

Shop the 50 best Summer sandals

Look no further than these 50 trending summer sandals to take you whatever you have planned for the sunny summer days ahead.



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Quiet luxury summer sandals trend | Classic style Hermès

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Eve Dawes is a fashion & lifestyle blogger with an eye for accurate fashion & shoe trend forecasting. She share the best shoes, footwear reviews, how to wear, when to invest & when to save & the latest shoe trends.