Women’s Sandal Styles

Women’s Sandal Styles

Comfortable and cooling, a good quality pair of women’s sandals are a staple piece in every shoedrobe. With so many women’s sandals styles to choose from it can be a task working out what looks best with your outfits.

Perhaps you’re unsure as to how to style women’s sandals, or maybe you want to try out a new style? No worries. Keep reading our guide to women’s sandals styles to figure out which pair is best for your needs.

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Different Women’s Sandals Styles

Your summer wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a pair of trendy women’s sandals, and there’s certainly plenty of choice available. We give the low down on each women’s sandal style to help you figure out how you can upgrade your wardrobe, as well as how to wear them.

Wedge Sandals

Dress Boots

The perfect day-to-night sandal, wedges add height to your look but are much more comfortable than shoes with a thin heel. Even those who aren’t comfortable in regular heels will be able to step out in confidence wearing these supportive sandals. Embrace boho-chic with a floppy summer hat, patterned kimono, loose tea dress and your favourite wedge sandals.

Flat Sandals

Dress Boots

Perfect for summer trips to the beach, flat sandals are an absolute essential in any woman’s wardrobe. They’re easy to slip on at a moment’s notice, keeping your feet cool and comfy even when the temperature is highest. Flat sandals come in a variety of styles, making them easy to style with practically any outfit. We love them with denim mom shorts, a loose shirt and a trendy wicker bag – stylish yet casual.

Mules

Dress Boots

Easy to wear and style, mules never seem to go out of fashion. This classic style is perfect for lazy days around the pool but can be worn to run errands or on a date – talk about versatile! There are no buckles or laces to do up, so you can slip them on and off with ease. Wear these with an oversized pair of sunnies, a floral wrap dress and lightweight denim jacket for a cute day-to-night outfit.

Flip-flops

Dress Boots

Who doesn’t love a pair of flip-flops? They scream sun, sea and sand, easily fitting into your suitcase or beach bag. Again, these are easy to style with denim shorts, a camisole and a loose lightweight cover-up. Alternatively, dress them up with a stylish midi dress – the choices are endless.

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How to style women’s sandals all-year-round

If you think you must leave your favourite pair of women’s sandals in the back of your wardrobe until summer rolls around again, you’re missing out. While yes, you may not be able to step out in the snow, you can still style your sandals from spring to autumn.

Don’t panic – you don’t have to start wearing them with socks. It’s all about learning how to wear women’s sandals in a seasonally appropriate way. Flat sandals and mules look ultra-trendy with a pair of culottes, a fitted blouse and a lightweight jacket, especially if you fancy wearing them out to a coffee date.

For those colder days, wear them with skinny jeans, a long-sleeve turtleneck and a cosy puffer jacket. You’ll feel extra snug and warm without having to sacrifice your favourite pair of sandals.

How to wear sandals with dresses

While your go-to piece for sandals may be denim shorts, they look equally as stylish with a floaty, lightweight dress. Whether you prefer a tea dress or a super-casual t-shirt dress, you can’t go wrong with a pair of dainty gladiator sandals.

Wearing sandals with a maxi is a must for those who want a more formal look. Pair this outfit with your favourite statement necklace for a head-turning outfit, or choose a wicker beach bag and denim jacket for a more casual look. If you’re on the shorter side and you’d like to add some height to your outfit, wedges are a great choice as they will elongate your legs.

How to wear sandals with jeans

Whether you’re a skinny jeans kind of girl or prefer a classic mom jean, sandals are super easy to style with this kind of trouser. Enjoy brunch with your pals by pairing mules with black skinny jeans, a satin cami, a studded belt and a leather jacket – rock ‘n’ roll chic. If it’s too hot out, swap the leather jacket for a more lightweight shacket.

Boot cut jeans such as bell bottoms are great if you want to get on board with the retro revival trend. Strappy, unstructured flat sandals will work perfectly, but don’t be afraid to go bright and bold by experimenting with colour.

Boyfriend style jeans are absolutely timeless, especially when worn with strappy sandals. Wear blue denim jeans with an oversized white shirt, a crossbody bag and your favourite Western-style belt. Tuck the shirt in loosely for an effortlessly fashionable everyday outfit.

Can you wear sandals with a wedding dress?

Of course! It’s important that you feel as comfortable as possible on your big day. It’s essential that you choose the right style when pairing your sandals with a wedding dress. If your wedding is in the middle of a field or on a beach, for example, stiletto heeled sandals aren’t going to be practical.

Can you wear sandals with a prom dress?

Absolutely! Wedge sandals are particularly great for formal occasions like a prom, as you get that extra height without the discomfort.

Can you wear sandals with tights?

Yes – peep toe sandals are the perfect choice for wearing with tights, no matter the weather. Wearing tights adds some extra flair to your look while keeping your legs warm, making it a great choice for spring when the weather can be temperamental.

Can you wear sandals while driving?

There are no laws against driving in sandals, but it is frowned upon by insurance companies as it could ultimately cause issues should you have an accident. The law states that appropriate footwear must be worn while driving, though no specific definition is given. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so we’d recommend having a spare pair of closed-toe shoes to drive in.

Can you wear sandals with a suit?

Most women’s sandal styles can easily be dressed up or down, including with a suit. If it’s for a special occasion, go for tailored trousers that tapers to the ankle. We’d recommend a simple heeled sandal with toe and ankle straps so as not to draw too much attention away from the rest of your outfit. Do make sure to check if your company allows for open-toed shoes if you’re planning to wear them in the office, however.

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