Stylish, Travel-Friendly Summer Sandals for Women
Updated: Mar 6
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Leave the flip-flops behind; they have no place in your suitcase (or on your next trip). Instead, you want to find stylish sandals that will work whether you're going to the beach, on a road trip, or grabbing an outdoor brunch this summer.
While sandals aren't usually the best choice for trips with lots of walking—find a pair of cute sneakers instead—there's no doubt they're an important piece of a spring, summer, or tropical destination suitcase. As heels or espadrilles can quickly weigh down your luggage and take up a significant amount of room, sophisticated sandals can be your best option for your day-to-night, casual-to-dressy shoes.
Some of our go-to brands for stylish sandals that are also comfortable are Sam Edelman (for price-friendly options), Birkenstock (great for wearing with jeans), Margaux (for classic leather styles), and Marion Parke or Sarah Flint (a celeb favorite) for updated classic, long-lasting sandals.
If you're still looking for the pair that will take you through August and into September, look no further.
Here are the best women's sandals for traveling this season.
Best Leather Sandals for Women
If you're looking to create a travel capsule wardrobe, a pair of brown or black leather sandals will be your best friend. Look for relatively flat bottoms, comfortable straps, and a style that provides support (you don't want your feet sliding around).
Best Dressed Up Sandals for Women
Dressed up doesn't always mean heels; find a pair that can work just as well with your sundresses or travel dresses. That way, you'll never find yourself in a situation this spring or summer where you need to look a bit more presentation, then realize you don't have the right shoes. The below styles have you covered.
Best Heeled Sandals for Women
A block heel sandal is the ideal summer style when you need a bit of lift or height. Plus, they're a lot more comfortable than regular pumps. Block heels are sturdy, and if they're high quality, you can keep them forever.
Editor's note: Bernardo 1946 is highly under-rated. We love the braided straps, water-resistant material, and 2-inch heels on the Bianka style.
Best Athletic Sandals for Women:
We care about style, but we also care about function and comfort. For some adventures and trips, you need a sturdier, athletic-style sandal that can put in the miles. Luckily, Chaco and Teva-esque styles are trending this season.
Best Stylish Birkenstocks for Women
We couldn't leave Birkenstocks off the list for best women's sandals... They continue to reappear season after season—and for good reason. They're comfortable, super versatile, and they're amazing quality. Some of your favorite styles are below.