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Stylish women know that the secret to appearing effortlessly chic is to value comfort. Not to mention, a recent study by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that the incidence of high heel-related injuries doubled between 2002 and 2012.
Here, we’ll reveal 11 posh and surprisingly comfy summer sandals that are as kind to your feet as they are fashionable. Like the famous saying goes, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.”
1. Aldo Consolo Sandals
These sling-back leather sandals from Aldo feature a silver-toned oval buckle with a chic 2.5-inch block heel wrapped in natural rope, offering a fresh, nautical sensibility.
Consolo sandals, $60, Aldoshoes.com
2. H&M Leather Sandals
These black leather, open-toe sandals feature a smart 1-inch heel and a sexy back — just a single strap folded upon itself with an embellished silver U-shaped buckle. What’s more, a Velcro fastener along the inner right side creates a secure and custom fit.
Leather Sandals, $59.95, HM.com
3. Jeffrey Campbell Woven Ankle Strap Sandal
These multi-hued, chevron-striped sandals with an adjustable buckle closure, feature a 2-inch mirrored heel for a post-modern feel.
Dody Woven Ankle Strap Sandal, $114.95, Nordstrom.com
4. Splendid Platform Wedge Sandals
These cheerful, multicolored cork platforms stand at 1.5 inches and feature an open toe with a wrap-over ankle strap. They slip on easily, while the elastic fabric firmly and comfortably holds the ankle in place to prevent wobbling.
Splendid Open Toe Platform Wedges in Geena, $89, Bloomingdales.com
5. Dansko Sonnet
These trendy, lightweight beveled platforms stand at about 2 inches tall, and are adorned with floral embellishments for an added touch of cool credibility. The cushioned support features a breathable, shock-absorbing foam insert, which makes them super comfortable.
Dansko Sonnet in Brown-Bronze, $119, TheWalkingCompany.com
6. Sperry Espadrille Wedge Sandals
These crisp, ultramodern espadrilles feature a weaved wedge with a braided ankle strap for maximum support. The heel stands at 2.5 inches, and the rubber sole makes them particularly easy to walk with on a variety of surfaces.
Sperry Espadrille Wedges Sandals in Valencia, $89, Bloomingdales.com
7. Birkenstock Silver Thong
These shabby-chic Birkenstock classics have never looked more hip — and the metallic silver lends an unexpected edge. But the best part is that their legacy of comfort remains unchallenged.
Birkenstock Flat Thong Sandals in Silver, $95, Bloomingdales.com
8. Faux Patent Leather Sandals
These uber-modern sandals offer a classy feel with a sporty slant. The faux patent leather gives them an upscale gleam, and the Velcro ankle strap offers a nice custom fit.
Faux Patent Leather Flatform Sandals, $29.90, Forever21.com
9. Born Mariel T-Strap
These boho-chic leather T-straps feature an adjustable strap and buckle closure for a customized and secure fit, while the rubber outer sole offers excellent traction for wherever you may be walking.
Born Mariel Cuoio Sandals, $89.95. TheWalkingCompany.com
10. Vince Camuto Mid-Heel T-Strap Sandals
These refined T-straps stand at 3 inches, yet are actually quite comfortable. The shapely heel offers sophisticated polish, while the sleek silver around the ankle — not unlike a built-in anklet — offers a sense of grace and panache.
Mitzy Mid-Heel, $98, Bloomingdales.com
11. Vince Camuto Geo-Buckle two Strap Sandal
These glamorous, metallic leather heels feature a modest height (at less than 3 inches) for comfort and long wearability, while the wide ankle strap and geometric buckle make this one of our favorite formal affair choices.
Magner Ankle Strap Sandal, $109.95, Nordstrom.com