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Outfits with Sandals: Flat Sandals to Dress Up or Down Your Summer Outfits

by Rebecca Casamayor

Which 2019 summer sandal tribe do you belong to? It’s worth thinking over at this time of the year, as it’s officially the season to be finishing our greatest outfits with sandals. Here are five key styles to note, and the ways that each flat shoe type will transform your look at the beach, in the city, and beyond.

The “Barely There” Sandal

This summer, the nearly naked sandal look is set to dominate. With thin ’90s-inspired string straps, it’s a style that requires a good pedicure to pull off, but it will work with jeans at the mall as easily as it will with a holiday maxi dress at the beach or even with cropped trousers and a white shirt at the office. Look for classic neutral colors (beige, gray, white, and black) if you like the minimalist vibe of the shoe, or choose to go for something with rainbow suede strings if you want the sandal to stand out.

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The Embellished Slipper

Think of the jewel-encrusted slipper as your new dream party flat. Diamante brooches are a huge shoe trend for 2019, and you can even buy shoes that have clip-on decorations for twice as many outfit options. The jeweled sandal is perfect with dresses or jumpsuits for parties, but it’s so comfortable that you can dance all night.

The Sturdy Hiking Sandal

Sturdy flats are another huge trend for this summer. They’re not dainty, make no mistake, but they can look incredibly chic when teamed with, say, white denim and a classic blouse for the weekend. The hiking sandal looks great either plain with Velcro or embellished with gorgeous buckles—both looks are totally in right now.

The Pool Slide

The pool slide has become a summer fashion staple in the last few years, and it isn’t set to go anywhere any time soon. Although a single thick strap at the front is still a look that goes with everything, try a strap that’s split into multiple bars, or has fancy geometric cut-out work, for an easy update. Treat metallic leathers as your new neutrals when you’re on holiday.


The Classic Thong Sandal

Finally, the thong is back. Yes, believe it, the flip-flop, once banished from fashion, is making a triumphant return. You could invest in a luxe leather pair—which would be smart enough to wear with midi skirts and white shirts to the office—or stick to the timeless foam and rubber format for weekends at the beach. A tip to make the look polished? Avoid vivid color combinations; the more neutral and minimal that you can keep this style, the better.

To sum up, there are so many amazing flat sandal trends to try this summer, with each style serving a different purpose for a different outfit and occasion. Why not get one of each to complete your ultimate summer sandal wardrobe?

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