Sandal trends 2020: Meet the shoes you’ll be wearing all summer

With staying at home the new normal, your shoe rack may have become a slightly forgotten part of your wardrobe. Trainers are still managing to feature in our outfits thanks to our daily outdoor exercise allowance, but where does that leave the rest of our beloved footwear?

We’re making the case for wearing shoes again, even if it is just around the house (something that’s not just fun but is actually medically advised). And as we leave winter behind and roll into spring and summer, we declare sandal season officially open.

Once we’ve got our cracked feet sorted and toenails painted, we’re taking to browsing the online stores of our favourite retailers to get our SS20 sandal game on point. But where to start? There are lots of exciting sandal trends to tap into this season, with many of them totally versatile and wearable with a variety of outfits – we love when our shoes earn their cost-per-wear.

To help you navigate your choices for this season so you can put your best foot forward, we’ve helpfully broken down the biggest open-toed trends of 2020. Many of the shoes in our edit even tick multiple trend boxes, making effortless cool easier than ever.

Strappy

The thought of navigating our way around a tangle of thin straps may fill you with dread, but strappy sandals are the shoe of choice for an elegant look this year and they’re simpler than they look – trust us! Just start putting them on a good few minutes before you intend to leave the house and you’ll be good – and it’ll be worth it for the style points.

lilac sandals
Topshop

Nikita Blue Strap Sandals, £37.80, Topshop

black sandals
& Other Stories

Knotted Leather Lace Up Sandals, £69, & Other Stories

green sandals
ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Forest toe loop minimal sandal in green, £12, ASOS

beige sandals
Arket

Strappy Leather Sandals, £150, Arket

green sandals
Mango

Leather strap sandals, £69.99, Mango

pink sandals
H&M

Pink sandals, £24.99, H&M

Barely there

Barely there sandals were, ironically, everywhere last summer and their popularity shows little sign of waning just yet. Subtle, modern and totally classy, they look just as good elevating a pair of faded mom jeans as they do teamed with an elegant dress. Due to their ‘barely there’ nature, they’re a great way to inject a pop of colour to an outfit without making too much of a statement.

orange sandals
Topshop

Rise Orange Strappy Heels, £36, Topshop

lilac sandals
& Other Stories

Strappy Leather Heeled Sandal, £85, & Other Stories

black sandals
Topshop

Nature Black Strappy Block Heels, £42, Topshop

blue sandals
Cos

Leather heeled shoes, £125, Cos

lilac sandals
ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Wide Fit Nova barely there heeled sandals in lilac, £20, ASOS

Flatform

Flatforms have been dividing opinions for years, as they can run the risk of looking too clunky, but in our books, that’s exactly where the fun lies. Embrace the chunky sole and pick ones with a minimalist design to let that thick flatform sole do all the talking.

black flatform
Topshop

 

Dove Black Espadrille Wedges, £32, Topshop

Dr. Martens sandal
Office

Dr. Martens Voss Sandals, £89, Office

Dr. Martens sandal
Office

Dr. Martens Clarissa 2 Quad Sandals, £129, Office

Flatforms
& Other Stories

Chunky Croc Embossed Flatforms, £85, & Other Stories

Lilac flatform
ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Wide Fit Jupiter flatform espadrille sandals in lilac croc, £22, ASOS

Flip flop

The humble flip flop has had a makeover and is no longer confined to poolsides and beaches. Craft it from leather and add a kitten heel and suddenly it’s a super classy shoe that will go with a variety of outfits, from dresses and skirts to shorts and jeans.

white sandals
Mango

Strappy heeled sandals, £35.99, Mango

snakeskin sandals
& Other Stories

Snake T-Bar Strap Sandals, £65, & Other Stories

pink sandals
Dune

Lyrikal Pink Knot Upper Sandal, £44, Dune

black sandals
Zara

Minimalist flat sandals with square toe, £25.99, Zara

blue sandals
ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Humid premium leather mid-heeled flip flops in blue snake, £55, ASOS

Dad sandal

The ultimate in comfort – and now style, too. This trend has been growing for the last couple years and it seems we still haven’t had enough of them just yet. From Tevas to Birkenstocks and their high street dupes, there are plenty of dad sandals to go around this season.

brown sandals
Office

Melissa x Rider Papete Sandals, £75, Office

Teva

Original Universal, £40, Teva

Vagabond sandal
Office

Vagabond Lori Sandals, £70, Office

black sandal
Zara

Flat sports sandals, £39.99, Zara

white sandal
John Lewis

Whistles Koby Leather Contrast Stitch Sandals, £126.75, John Lewis

Mules

Another heeled variety, mules are a classic style of shoe that instantly add a touch of femininity and class to any look. With a low heel they make the ideal wedding shoe, for guests and brides alike, or pair with distressed jeans to elevate a daytime outfit.

blue mule
Dune

Montreal Blue Woven Square Toe Heeled Mule Sandal, £72, Dune

green mules
Topshop

Dixie Green Multi Strap Mules, £29, Topshop

white sandals
Mango

Strap leather mules, £59.99, Mango

lilac mules
Topshop

Nori Lilac Wedge Mules, £42, Topshop

raffia mules
& Other Stories

Straw Ruffle Strap Mules, £75, & Other Stories

Slider

Sliders do exactly what they say on the tin – they’re perfect for sliding on and getting on with your day. The perfect run-around shoe or holiday footwear of choice (if we ever get to go on any this year), they look just as good by the pool as they do in the city – plus their sporty style can lend a cool athleisure vibe to an outfit.

beige sliders
Arket

Leather Slide, £115, Arket

Coco Luxury Leather Sandals, £39 (was £58), Alice X

Sage sliders
ASOS

PrettyLittleThing square toe sandal with buckle in sage green, £18, ASOS

Ted Baker sliders
John Lewis

Ted Baker Avelinh Floral Print Slider Sandals, £49, John Lewis

white sliders
Zara

Padded flat leather sandals, £29.99, Zara

pink sliders
Mango

Bow flat sandal, £35.99, Mango

Leopard sliders
& Other Stories

Leather Square Toe Slip On Sandals, £65, & Other Stories

blue sliders
Topshop

Penelope Blue Woven Sandals, £42, Topshop