Walking on sunshine: summer sandals you need in your life.

by Afterpay
Oct 29, 2023      6 min read

ICYMI, summer’s just around the corner! And what’s summer without the perfect pair of sandals? They’re the true MVPs of the season, keeping our tootsies cool, stylish and ready for a spontaneous beach day. 

In this summer sandal snapshot, we’ll walk you through some of our top picks for all your sunny escapades. We’re talking everything from capsule-wardrobe-worthy everyday slides that exude effortless cool to sweet, strappy styles that can be dressed up or down as you please. 

Got a fun summer holiday planned? We’ll be dropping some fab footwear recs for intrepid travellers, too. 

Walk this way …

Slides: the ultimate summer sandals.

Whether you’re strolling along the waterfront or having weekend brunch, slides have got your back (well, your feet). The best ones are a breeze to slip on and soft as a cloud, with wide straps that gently hug your feet in all the right places.

Let’s kick things off with Birkenstocks. With their iconic cork footbeds and supportive straps, Birks are the quintessential summer sandal. The ARIZONA SUEDE SFB is super earthy and walkable, with an extra layer of latex for unbelievable softness. They’re pedestrian, but like, in a good way. 

OK, scene change. Picture this – a canvas of woven jute caressing your soles while you sashay down the promenade. We’re talking Jo Mercer’s Elka Espadrille Slides in Natural Woven. They mix visual appeal and comfort, making them ideal for seaside sessions, park picnics or casual catch-ups with friends. 

Trusty travel sandals for adventurous soles. 

Summer is THE season to get out and about, and the right footwear is essential for a good time. So whether you’re heading for a cheeky weekend getaway or an epic Eurotrip, scouting some well-made travel sandals beforehand is a must. 

The dependable Teva Midform Universal - Women’s has everything you need in a travel sandal. This cult classic 3.2cm flatform has a rubber outsole, so it’s durable enough to keep pace with your wanderlust. The athletic look is so in right now, and the black colourway goes with everything! 

Searching for a slingback? The Charles & Keith Crossover Back Strap Sandals - Cognac are your passport to a comfortable journey. With padded footbeds and elasticated back straps, these sandals are made for walking. The classic crossover design is everywhere this season! And we’re loving the tasteful cognac hue. 

Summer sandals, but make it extra. 

Sandals might be known for their practicality, but they can also add visual interest to your summer ensembles. With choices ranging from dainty to bold, the possibilities are pretty much endless! The right pair can help showcase your fresh pedi and let your feet do the talking. 

Strappy sandals, in particular, are having their moment in the sun. The new season A.Emery Nolan Leather Sandals are strappy as can be, with low-key gladiator energy that’s a little boho but still sleek. The square toe is everything.

If you like a minimalistic 90s vibe, you’re sure to adore these 40mm Kitten-Heel Flip-Flops from quiet luxury brand TOTEME. Their soft leather construction and T-strap design make them a dream to wear – pair them with a crisp white shirt, a slip dress and chunky metallic jewellery, and you’re GTG. 

After a statement-making sandal that’s also uber-functional? Buckle up because the Ganni Embroidered-Detail Sandals will get you wherever you need to go – and comfortably. Their brown hue, low heel and contrast stitching give a down-to-earth feel that’s so Copenhagen.

Put your best foot forward with Afterpay. 

Now you’re up to speed with the latest summer sandal trends, it’s just a matter of picking the right pair (or two, or three). Will you nab some Y2K-inspired flatforms, striking colourful creations (Keiko Padded Flatform Sandals, we’re looking at you) or strapping closed-toe fishermans? The best thing about sandals is their legendary versatility, so you really can’t go wrong.

Afterpay takes the sting out of summer sandal shopping, letting you pay in four interest-free instalments – so browse your fave brands today, hit that order button and start striding into summer with confidence. 

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