The divisive toe thong is reminiscent of two things: 1) the early aughts and the It girls who wore them, and 2) a generic rubber sandal. Though the latter is historically far from fashionable, its sleek heeled cousin has resurfaced and looks surprisingly sexy on today’s style stars. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying this exposed heel is here — and the pedicure is nonnegotiable.

GIANVITO ROSSI Gold Calypso Leather Thong Sandals / GIANVITO ROSSI Black Calypso Leather Thong Sandals / YEEZY PVC Thong Sandals

This trending shoe offers ease and comfort while simultaneously adding sophistication to midi-skirts or an unexpected twist to vintage denim or biker shorts. We also love that they conjure grandma-chic in a kitschy-cool way, especially when reimagined by brands like Gucci. Seen frequently on the Instagram feed, the style is available in a multitude of types, from slingbacks to mules.

GUCCI Eleonor Patent Leather & PVC Pumps

Whether leopard or zebra, wild spots and stripes have become a neutral and a year-round style that every wardrobe needs. This season the perennial prints come in many forms, from wedges to block heels. Mix them with other patterns like pretty florals, or add edge to a monochromatic look.

PRADA Calf Hair Ankle-Strap Sandals / GIANVITO ROSSI Billie Satin & Suede Platform Sandals / TABITHA SIMMONS Leticia Calf-Hair & Suede Sandals

The term “day-to-night” is used liberally in the fashion world, but in this case it accurately describes the potential of an embellished heel. Wear an ornate pair to dress up boyfriend jeans at the office, then pull them out again over the weekend at a summer wedding. When in doubt, just ask yourself, How would Carrie Bradshaw style them?

MANOLO BLAHNIK Lurumpi Lace & Satin Mules


“Barely there” sandals have become one of the most popular shoes of summer. The ‘90s trend reemerged in 2018 with Old Céline’s “Nude Sandals,” and now footwear designers are amping up the effortless appeal with bright colors and sculpted designs.

THE ROW Bare Sandals / GIANVITO ROSSI Patent Leather & PVC Ankle-Strap Sandals