20 Pairs of the Perfect Summer Sandal

Okay, okay. I know I’ve been talking a lot about shopping lately, but I’m going to do it again — this time, under the guise of investing.

Classic black sandals are a must for hot summer nights. (And, I don’t want to jinx it, but it seems as though that’s right around the corner!) They’re versatile, chic, and they go with everything in your closet, making them the footwear equivalent to the Little Black Dress.

I hate to play favorites, but I’ve been wearing my latest Zara pair non-stop (and so have Jessica and Ashley).

It can be challenging find an affordable pair of  chic summer shoes that won’t leave you limping after an hour, but fret not.  From chunky platforms and angular cuts to classic silhouettes, I’ve got your guide to the 20 best pairs of (black) warm-weather sandals, right here:

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*Shop these strappy sandals:

1.  ASOS Honey Pie heeled sandals, $70 | 2. Guess Oderan, $99 | 3. ASOS Henleyheeled sandals, $67 | 4. ASOS Hazard heeled sandals, $75 | 5. Zara ankle-strap sandals, $50 (*Hallie’s pick) | 6. Giuseppe Zanotti black lace sandals, $650 | 7.   Zara strappy high-heeled sandals, $89 (*Hallie’s pick) | 8. ALDO Alvara, $80 (on sale) | 9. Charlotte Olympia Isadora sandals, $803 | 10. Guess by Marciano Lena sandals, $188 (*Hallie’s pick)  | 11. Manolo Blahnik Fersen sandals, $765 | 12. Reed Krakoff sling-back sandals $670 | 13. B Brian Atwood cut-out suede flats, $375| 14. Zara sandals with ankle buckle, $79 | 15. Zara close-toed sandals $80 | 16. Givenchy platform sandals, $675 |  17. Mango leather and suede sandals, $130 | 18. Steve Madden DYNEMITE sandals, $125 | 19. H&M imitation leather sandals, $40 | 20. Zara cork-wedge sandal, $99


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  • So much goodness in one post! I actually don’t own a pair of black sandals, so thanks for giving me so many amazing options!

    • You’re welcome! You can’t go wrong with Zara, honestly – but Guess actually has a few hidden gems as well! Steve Madden is good for platforms, if that’s your forte. x

  • I would like #12 to come home with me. Naturally, #12 would also do some serious damage to my bank account….go figure! Daydreaming for now 🙂

    • Haha, same. As well as any and all Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. DSW actually has a few pairs on the occasion, so may be worth checking there to see if there are more affordable high-end options!

  • Ahh.. I love all of these! How do you choose?!


  • #15 makes my heart go pitter-pat, which comes as no surprise since I basically love any shoe made by Zara. So many good picks here!

  • Giovanna

    Sooo many good choices! In love with #5!!


  • If Zara made the closed toed sandals (#15) in a heel version, I would be ALL over them. Love your pics!! 🙂


    I already own black sandal #3 ASOS Henleyheeled Sandal. I got it for 60 in the city. These sandals really make my pedicured feet look great. Very confortable to wear all day and not way overpriced like some of those other sandals. The heel height of 4 inches is very easy for me to handle. Plus it goes great with my little white dress.

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  • Sarah

    I love #7 , #13 and #14 but my feet are so ugly, so i can’t use sandald

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