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

by Taylor Davies /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

Slip-on sandals
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9. Zara flat shoes with metal heel detail, $30, zara.com

Slip-on sandals
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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.

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

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

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

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

Block heel sandals
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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.

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

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

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

Espadrille sandals
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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.

Lace-up sandals
forever21.com

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

Pompom sandals
zara.com

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

Fringe sandals
OldNavy.com

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

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

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