If summer was a shoe, it would be a sandal. Classic and easy to throw on, sandals are primed to begin the long-awaited season of Downtown BBQs, evening soirees, and too many beach days to count. If you’re anything like us though, you don’t just want any old sandal—you want one that truly reflects your personal style and will last well beyond one season of wear. That’s why we've tracked down the best sandal brands that are sure to elevate your summer attire no matter the occasion. Whether you want to make a statement with Amina Muaddi or prefer pared-back elegance courtesy of The Row, here are the sandal brands we will be strutting through summer in.
You have probably heard of a little brand called Birkenstock. Founded in 1774, the German footwear label made its name by creating ergonomic footbeds that provided support and comfort for the wearer. Since its humble beginnings, the favorite summer sandal has expanded its product offerings into classic silhouettes (see the Arizona and Boston) and exclusive collaborations with the likes of Manolo Blahnik and Jil Sander that are all comfortable, chic and durable—so, you can wear them for more than just one season. Whether you want to sport them with a fresh pedicure or a pair of cashmere socks, Birkenstocks are a wardrobe staple that won’t disappoint.
Inspired by the Greek Earth goddess, Cult Gaia fuses boldness with functionality. It's a brand that speaks to the modern woman who cares about the world around them, but also wants to make a statement. While the brand launched in 2011— first with headwear and then bags (you have to see its signature Ark Bag)—it didn’t dig its heels (pun intended) into the world of footwear until 2018, with the arrival of its bamboo accent mules and lace-up sandals. With its unique aesthetic, consider Cult Gaia your go-to sandal brand for standing out this summer.
If you have heard of Hereu, well, lucky you. But, if you haven’t, don’t worry we’re here to catch you up. Hereu (meaning “heir in Catalan) is a brand that blends traditional Spanish design practices with contemporary styles. Founded in 2014 by José Bartolomé and Albert Escbrinao, Hereu partners with local artisans to create eco-conscious sandals that are stylish as they are timeless. Staple silhouettes such as its interwoven loafers and fisherman sandals have quickly become the go-to item for finishing off your summer outfits. We recommend pairing yours with some linen trousers; and watch the compliments roll in.
Worn by everyone from Zendaya to Elaine Welteroth, Brother Vellies' eco-conscious designs are integral to the brand. Trying to never make more than it can sell, it’s this thoughtful shopping approach that has resonated with eager customers and has allowed founder Aurora James to expand her evocative collection and collaborate with labels like Pyer Moss. If you’re looking to bring a touch of texture or a pop of color to your wardrobe, then Brother Vellies has got you covered.
There are sandals, and then there are Dear Frances sandals. Rooted in the belief that luxury products don’t have to add to the consumption cycle, the minimalist label works with multi-generational Italian factories to create sandals that are sustainable and ethically made, and (of course) chic. Its core range prioritizes pared-back color palettes and sleek textures that work seamlessly with your everyday wardrobe, while its seasonal collections boast architecturally unique shapes that speak to the high-fashion shopper.
If Neous could be described in two words it would be: mindful minimalism. The brainchild of Australian designer Vanissa Antonius, Neous encapsulates the natural synergy between architecture and fashion, proving that sculptural pieces can become wardrobe staples. The simple aesthetic and slight elevation found on its signature sandals and pumps (we love the Karakas) make summer dressing not only elegant, but easy. Oh, and the label also makes bags, so you can coordinate your accessories.
Porte & Paire
Want a sandal that will carry you from your morning meetings, to business lunches, all the way to after-hours drinks? Porte & Paire is the brand for you. Designed with the dynamic woman in mind, Porte & Paire’s wide range of silhouettes includes Greek-inspired sandals, metallic wedges, and easy slip-ons that are made to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your wardrobe. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself.
LA-based brand Staud has developed a cult following for its uniquely shaped bags that have become a favorite amongst the it-girl crowd, including Kendall Jenner. However, we encourage you to look further than its accessory range and sample one of its eye-catching pairs of sandals. Whether you’re searching for something to punctuate your summer dress or a slip-on option for those early coffee morning runs, Staud's attention to detail and understanding of women’s needs makes it a sandal brand that doesn’t disappoint.
Ancient Greek Sandals
Per its name, Ancient Greek Sandals creates sandals inspired by, well, Grecian fashion. Crafted by Greek artisans, the label's selection of winged and wrap-around sandals are made from chemical-free natural leather that ages beautifully and is made to last a lifetime—much like the sandals that were once gifted to Greek gods and goddesses. It’s the brand's close ties to Greek history that make these sandals not just a pair of shoes, but an experience.
While The Row largely focuses on ready-to-wear and accessories, its sandals have become somewhat of a staple within the fashion world. The American brand's Ginza Thong Sandals (we’re obsessed with the tan colorway) dominated Instagram in 2020, amidst the rise of "stay home" fashion. Now with a new range of silhouettes available, we encourage you to add The Row’s sandal into your summer 2022 footwear rotation—you won’t regret it.
For the person who likes to dress on their own terms, we recommend ATP Atelier. Fusing Scandinavian sensibility with Italian craftsmanship, ATP Atelier challenges what luxury means by creating timeless pieces that won’t become obsolete after a single season. Each pair of shoes (see our favorite: the Rosa cut-out sandals) is naturally vegetable-tanned for a unique appearance that will only get better over time. Lean into the label’s Scandinavian aesthetic by matching its sandals with a Ganni dress.
Amina Muaddi is the statement sandal brand you didn’t know you needed. Founded in 2018 by the designer of the same name, the Paris-based brand has developed a reputation for its ultra-feminine, party-ready, designs that are distinctive as they are decadent. Worn by everyone from Rihanna to Hailey Bieber, Amina Muaddi’s sandals are the easy way to stand out from the crowd and get a compliment or two.
Collectively established in 2016 by sisters Valentina Ignavota, Sabina Gyosheva, and Denista Bumbarova, By Far’s sandals are a fusion of aesthetics, boasting seductive leather fabrications, unique shapes, and bold hues that speak to the multifaceted modern-day woman. Whether you're in the maximalist mood or want something a little more pared-back, By Far has something for every occasion—and, that’s an Editorialist promise.
Looking for shoes that do all the talking for you? Larroude has got you covered. A collaboration between former Barneys Fashion Director Marina Larroude and her business manager husband Riccardo, Larroude makes luxury footwear feel attainable with its decadent designs and competitive prices. The beauty of Larroude is how it caters to women’s various tastes and lifestyles. From the ’90s-approved Miso sandal to the crystal-embellished Capri sandal, there is something for everyone. What’s more: not only does each sandal have a matching interior but memory foam graces every footbed so you can be as comfortable as you are chic.
Last but by no means least on our list of best sandal brands is Gianvito Rossi. The son of the beloved shoemaker Sergio Rossi, it was only natural for Gianvito to start his own footwear line after being immersed in the fashion world for so long. Constructed using the finest Italian leather, suede, and calf hair, Rossi’s signature silhouettes have become a must-have in any au courant dresser's wardrobe. If you’re new to Rossi, we encourage you to enlist the Portofino sandal into your rotation. Its comfortable design and sleek appearance will bring an elegant finish to any outfit