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23 cute summer sandals to buy now and wear all season long

Book a pedicure and pull out that pumice stone — sandal season is here! The imminent arrival of summer means it’s time to store our booties and sneakers and show off our toes. This season, there are plenty of fun and leg-flattering sandal trends to choose from, so go ahead and retire those old flip-flops.

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We found 25 pairs of summer sandals to buy now; whether you’re looking for a pretty, embellished flat to go with your basic shorts and tanks, or a cute wedge you can wear with a sundress. From practical ankle straps to beachy espadrilles, there are plenty of styles to choose from — just don't make us pick a favorite.

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Gladiator

This style has remained popular year after year for a reason: they're comfortable, stylish and appropriate to wear just about anywhere. Just don't forget to apply extra sunscreen on your feet; those tan lines are tough!

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Women's Sam & Libby Arianna Gladiator Sandals

1. Sam & Libby gladiator sandals, $30, Target.com

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Forever 21 Strappy Faux Leather Sandals

2. Forever 21 faux leather lace-up sandals, $20, forever21.com

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Steve Madden 'Werkit' Gladiator Sandal

3. Steve Madden ‘Werkit’ gladiator sandals, $60, nordstrom.com

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Topshop HICCUP Weave Sandal

4. Topshop ‘Hiccup’ weave sandals, $45, topshop.com

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Report(TM) Gibbson gladiator-inspired sandal

5. Report ‘Gibbson’ sandals, $39, zappos.com

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Flat slides

Slip-on sandals will be the saving grace of your summer; they're easy to put on and take off, and they're much more durable than flip-flops. With metallic fabrics and embellishments, the pairs below are as cute as they are comfortable.

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Nine West Davinia

6. Nine West ‘Davinia’ espadrille slides, $79, zappos.com

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Old Navy Sueded Fringe Sandals

7. Old Navy sueded fringe slide sandals, $17, oldnavy.com

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H&M Slip-on Sandals

8. H&M slip-on sandals, $25, hm.com

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Zara FLAT SHOES WITH METAL HEEL DETAIL

9. Zara flat shoes with metal heel detail, $30, zara.com

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Hinge 'Mere' Flat Slide Sandal

10. Hinge ‘Mere’ slides, $70, nordstrom.com

Ankle straps

Shh, we'll let you in on a little secret: Even the highest heel will feel more secure with an ankle strap. Whether a flat sandal, a slight wedge or a full-blown block heel, this particular style will stay put while you run around the backyard or dance the night away.

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ZARA METALLIC CROSSOVER SANDALS

11. Zara metallic crossover sandals, $70, zara.com

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Sam & Libby Shae Quarter Strap Sandals

12. Sam & Libby ankle strap wedge sandals, $35, target.com

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Banana Republic Talia Leather Sandal

13. Banana Republic ‘Talia’ leather sandals, $78, bananarepublic.com

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Forever 21 Block Heel Sandals

14. Forever 21 block heel sandals, $30, forever21.com

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Sole Society Zahara

15. Sole Society ‘Zahara’ sandals, $70, solesociety.com

Wedge sandals

These inclined shoes are simply perfect for summer. Just one look at a pair of wedge sandals has us smelling summer barbecues or imagining which flirty skirt they'll pair with best. Look for a style that offers a platform under the toes for extra comfort and ease when walking.

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H&M Wedge-heeled Sandals

16.H&M wedge heel sandals, $50, hm.com

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Ella Espadrille Sandals

17. DV ‘Ella’ espadrille wedge sandals, $30, target.com

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CHARLES BY CHARLES DAVID Quarter Strap Espadrille With Cork

18. Charles By Charles David cork wedge heels, $50, tjmaxx.com

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Jessica Simpson Jaime

19. Jessica Simpson ‘Jaime’ wedge sandals, $59, zappos.com

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Embellished sandals

Daredevils and fashionistas? We didn't forget you. These colorful and embellished styles will kick your look up a notch (or two) all summer long. With mulitcolored pompoms or metallic hardware, these options can be worn more ways then you might think.

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Forever 21 Embroidered Lace-Up Sandals

20. Forever 21 embroidered lace-up sandals, $30, forever21.com

zara.com
Zara POMPOM LEATHER SANDALS

21. Zara pom-pom leather sandals, $89, zara.com

OldNavy.com
Old Navy Sueded Fringe T-Strap Sandals

22. Old Navy fringed faux suede sandals, $25, oldnavy.com

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Sam & Libby Hannah Thong Sandals

23. Sam & Libby embellished thong sandals, $28, Target.com

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