The 5 styles of sandals you need in your wardrobe this summer

Now that the sun has finally decided to grace us with its presence here in the UK and lockdown restrictions have eased, we declare sandal season officially open.

Having spent the best part of the last year in slippers, you might not have taken much interest in sandal trends over the past 12 months. But don’t worry, we’re here to guide you through the top 5 sandal trends you should be thinking about adding to your wardrobe this summer. Now all you need to do is book that pedicure…

Summer 2021 sandal trends:

Strappy sandals

The strappy sandal trend is super versatile and will go with almost any outfit. Go for multiple thin straps on a heeled sandal to add elegant, feminine energy to a casual jeans and T-shirt combo, or choose chunky straps on a flat sandal to add interest to a midi skirt outfit. When in doubt, the rule of thumb is the more straps the better.

strappy pale blue sandals
& Other Stories

Strappy Block Heel Leather Sandals, £85, & Other Stories

rope sandals

Sandals, £17.99, H&M

mint strappy sandals
Charles & Keith

Leather Strappy Crossover Sandals – Green, £75, Charles & Keith

strappy shell sandals
Urban Outfitters

E8 By Miista Cheryl Natural Jute Sandals, £115, Urban Outfitters

strappy wedge sandals

Alessa Lace Up Wedge Espadrille, £180, Reformation

Padded sandals

The padded sandal trend is the perfect (and most comfortable) way to transition from a year of slipper-wearing to donning ‘proper’ shoes again. All the drama of a fashionable shoe with all the comfort of a slipper? Say no more.

pink padded kitten heels

Knotted mid-heel sandals, £45.99, Zara

padded beige sliders

Platform sandals with knot, £49.99, Mango

padded knotted sandals
Russel & Bromley

Knottie Soft Knotted Sandal, £145, Russel & Bromley

padded cream sliders

Secretive Padded Cross Strap Mules, £49, Office

padded ell sliders

Padded faux leather sandals, £25, Monki

Chunky sandals

Another trend we’re seriously in love with (because it’s as stylish as it is comfortable) is chunky sandals. Thick soles and multiple heavy-duty velcro straps, these are the ‘sensible’ shoes your mum always wanted you to buy (this time with the approval of fashion influencers).

denim velcro chunky sandals

Lockstockk Blue Double Strap Flat Sandals, £110, Dune

rainbow Teva

Midform Fray, £60, Teva

embellished sandals

Glamorous sporty sandals with pearl detail in black, £26, ASOS

green chunky sandals

Quilted flat sandals, £25.99, Stradivarius

white chunky sandals

Chunky Sandal, £39.20 (was £49), Warehouse

Elevated flip flops

If there is one sandal trend influencers are currently loving more than chunky sandals, it’s chunky leather flip flops. The Row’s original £725 pair spawned a thousand copies across the high street – we particularly love the look of Next’s pair (below) as they also tick the padded sandal trend box, too.

black leather flip flops
& Other Stories

Leather Thong Strap Sandals, £85, & Other Stories

brown leather flip flops

Leather Flatform Flip Flops, £35, M&S

square toe black flip flops

G21 Black Toe Post Square Toe Flip Flops, £14, George

padded flip flop sandals

Padded Toe Thong Flatform Sandals, £39, Next

chunky black flip flops

Platform sandals, £30, Monki


Mules were in last summer and they haven’t gone anywhere this year (thankfully as we’ve barely worn ours yet). Elegant yet fun, a candy-coloured mule will perfectly elevate an otherwise casual outfit, as well as being the perfect wedding guest shoe.

cow print mules

Mule heels, £30, Monki

pale blue mules
New Look

Pale Blue Leather-Look Square Toe Kitten Heel Mules, £19.99, New Look

strappy mules

Sheer65 Mule White Leather, £79, Clarks

denim mules

Dune Jupe Block Heel Mules, £90, Dune

sage mules