How To Wear The Latest Strappy Sandal Trend

Summer is here and everywhere you look, women are wearing sandals! Online, the ‘barely there’ or ‘naked’ sandal trend is all over Instagram. Basically, the sandals have such dainty straps, you have to do a double take to see if there are shoes on your feet. Now I’m not a fan of the trashy, see through PVC sandals that the Kardashians have been wearing lately, but I do like many versions of the strappy sandal trend, especially when styled properly.

How to Wear The Strappy Sandal Trend

I find if the sandals are well made and the heel isn’t too high, the look isn’t difficult to pull off if you’re comfortable wearing sandals. The strappy sandal trend may not be the easiest for some women to wear, so I’ve pulled different styles in varying degrees of ‘strapiness’ (if you will). Summer sandals are definitely a needed change after so many months of wearing boots. Sandals are having their moment in the sun!

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Sarto by Franco Sarto Ronelle Heeled Sandals, $119

Thin Strap Sandals

Let’s start with the strappiest of sandals with this Sarto by Franco Sarto pair from Anthropologie that are really well made. Available in olive green or snakeskin, these thin strap sandals nail the trend with class. I love how the color extends down the heel. These would look beautiful worn with a sundress and would add a tiny bit of height to a maxi dress or skirt. Elements like the dainty straps and the overall simplicity of the shoe balance each other out perfectly. Geez, I feel like Carrie Bradshaw waxing poetic about a pair of shoes! Cue the SATC reruns.


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Thin Strap Sandals
Topshop Nico Burgundy Set Back Heels, $80

For a slightly more strappy, daring pair that gives off 90’s vibes, this pair from Topshop is a fun choice. Its burgundy color and block heel keep them from looking cheap. I intentionally didn’t choose strappy heels with high, thin heels because in my opinion, they look a little ridiculous. I prefer strappy sandals with a flat or low heel or with a heel that’s chunkier and easy to walk in. This pair would be a fun contrast when worn with dressier trousers.

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ASOS DESIGN Wide Fit Topaz Strappy Tie Leg Sandals In Neon Yellow, $48

Sandals With a Pop of Color

For a bright pop of color that’s not overwhelming, this pair from ASOS does the trick. Wearing the neon trend may not be easy after 40, but in small doses you can pull it off! This yellow pair of sandals gives us vacation vibes with its fun ankle tie strap and would be fabulous worn with a caftan or cover up. However, they would also look great as an everyday shoe. Again, the practical block heel will ensure you can easily walk around. There’s nothing I hate more than impractical yet beautiful shoes you spend money on but can’t wear!

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Leith Stunner Embellished Strappy Slide Sandal, $70

Embellished Strappy Slides

Sandals that are embellished and those that use different, contrasting materials are also having a moment. These sandals may be easier to wear if you’re not inclined to wear a strappy pair and would like a little more coverage on your feet. These embellished pearly bead slides from Leith (available at Nordstrom), come in four fun colors and are the epitome of sophisticated whimsy. They will look great dressed down with jeans on the weekend or dressed up with a silk skirt. The texture of velvet and shininess of the pearls will be sure to garner compliments.

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Free People Vegan Venice Sandal, $128

Thin Strap Metal Ankle Straps

This pair of sandals from Free People featuring mixed materials is a great everyday sandal that will go with everything. They incorporate the strappy trend a little with the metal ankle strap, but aren’t as daring as they still cover up a fair amount of your feet. The strap is pretty and kind of looks like an ankle bracelet. These will look amazing dressed up or down as well.

So go get a pedicure, watch your salt intake, pick up a pair of trendy strappy sandals and wear them while enjoying the warm weather!

–Claire Mykrantz

Sources: Who What Wear, The Zoe Report, Harpers Bazaar

You may also like to read more of Claire’s Looks for Less posts like How To Create A Spring Capsule Wardrobe On A Budget and How To Wear A Headband From The Runway To The Real Way.

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1 thought on “How To Wear The Latest Strappy Sandal Trend”

  1. I have always had a love affair with shoes. Unfortunately, since I was diagnosed with RA shoes have not held the same love for me. Even a shoe that is heavy can cause so much pain. I love, love, love a cute sandal though.


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