6 Statement Shoe Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Summer

From flatforms to slides.

BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19: Sonia Lyson is seen wearing blue sandels Ducie, green cropped pants Milk White, blue Prada bag, turquoise knit Zara on May 19, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
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When it comes to updating your wardrobe for Summer, shoes are the way to go. Accessories will make your outfit feel instantly modern, and they’re a great way to test out a trend without committing to a head-to-toe look. The great thing about summer 2021 shoe trends is that they’ll go with all the warm-weather staples already in your wardrobe.

Whether you’re wearing a T-shirt and jeans, or your go-to LBD, the biggest shoe trends for summer will work with your wardrobe seamlessly. You can make a classic black slip dress pop with the addition of a pair of pastel sandals for a burst of color. Or you can dress it down with a pair of sporty flats or flatforms that will give your dress a casual feel.

Stepping out in head-to-toe denim? Elevate the look with strappy heels for date night, or throw on a pair of retro slides for a day of errands. Whether borrowed from the 2000s or the ‘90s, dressy or casual, these shoe trends will be so fun to style with all your closet staples.

If you’re seeking a wardrobe lift, check out the best summer 2021 trends ahead, from flatforms to slides.

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Strappy Sandals

Paris Texas Python Print Sandals

This ‘90s trend is back with both minimalist buckles and lace-up ankles straps. The key is in their barely-there structure, which boasts a number of straps that hold your foot in place, while also giving off the impression that you’re practically wearing nothing.


Pastel Sandals

By Far Lotta Sandals

No matter what sandal style you choose this Summer, consider a pastel hue. The pretty tones add subtle color to your look without going over-the-top.


Sporty Flats

Trekky Sandal in Mixed Lace

Be they Teva or Birkenstock styles, go sporty when it comes to your sandals this Summer. A general rule of thumb is to opt for something colorful that boasts a silhouette that, while bold, doesn’t feel clunky and cumbersome.



Khaite Alba Platform Sandals

The ‘00s are back and they’re bringing flatforms with them. This style will give you a little lift without actually requiring an uncomfortable heel. You’ve been dipping your toe into the trend all winter with combat boots and loafers alike, so why not try to take it into the warmer weather with a pair of flatform sandals?


Heeled Flip Flops

Aquazzura Divina Thong Sandals

Much like the new-and-improved strappy sandal, the modern version of the 2000s-inspired heeled flip flop is simpler in design. The 2021 iteration boasts a single strap that comes from the space between your first and second toes for an understated look. Style it with blue jeans or slip dresses and let your early-aughts flag fly.


Retro Slides

Deryn Stretch Square Toe Platform Slide Sandal in Black
Loeffler Randall

You know the famed slip-on-and-go slides with a slight flatform lift and a stretchy knit strap on top? They’re officially back. It’s time to re-discover the old favorite from brands ranging from Steve Madden (who designed the iconic 2000s version) to Loeffler Randall.