Almost every lady has a pair or two of sandals in her wardrobe. If you’re on the hunt for more shoes for your outfits, check out our guide to 25 different types of sandals for women.
Where would the fashion world be without sandals, honestly? These comfortable shoes are well-loved by women everywhere, and this particular shoe style has been around for centuries. In fact, it’s pretty safe to say that sandals are the oldest type of footwear in history, with some records dating back to 8,000 years.
In its simplest form, the sandal is any type of shoe that has a sole held by a configuration of straps. However, through the years, sandals have evolved into different styles.
There are casual sandals that you can wear on beach vacations, dress sandals for formal occasions and special events, and more durable sports sandals that you can wear for hiking. Sometimes, the amount of choice can feel truly overwhelming! The good news is that these 25 different types of sandals will give you plenty of clarity between each style and help you choose the right one for you.
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The Different Types Of Sandals For Women
1. Strappy Sandals
Strappy sandals are a great summertime shoe. They’re lightweight and easy to wear, with an easy slip-on design that makes them perfect for beach trips. They’re also a great way to add some chicness to your outfit! These sandals often feature straps that you can tie around your ankles for added style.
But there’s more: strappy sandals are also one of the most versatile types of women’s shoes around. With so many different options available, you can find something in your favorite color or even pattern that works perfectly with any occasion.
2. Espadrille Sandals
Espadrilles are types of shoes that feature a woven jute sole. They’re popular in tropical areas and often made of canvas or rope. Espadrilles can come in many different styles: heeled wedges, mules, ballet flats, and, of course, sandals.
These stylish sandals are sometimes decorated with embroidery or beads. Some espadrilles have a decorative fabric upper that is tied to an ankle strap with laces or ribbon, while others have adjustable straps around the ankle instead of laces or ribbons.
3. Slide Sandals
Some of the most comfortable sandals on the market are slides. These shoes are easy to wear, walk in and perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hitting the beach or hitting the grocery store, slides can be your go-to shoe!
Slides are also great for those who like to switch up their style from time to time. There are many different styles of slides available so you can find something that fits your style perfectly.
If your feet aren’t comfortable in heels or wedges then we recommend trying slide sandals out as they won’t hurt your feet at all – they’re perfect for casual wear and daily wear!
11. Flip Flops
Flip flops are the most popular type of sandal, and for good reason. They’re comfortable, easy to slide on and off, and inexpensive (you can find them at most department stores). Flip flops are great for the beach or poolside because they keep your feet cool in the summer heat, but they’re also perfect for wearing around town during warmer weather as well.
One drawback is that flip flops can be hard to walk in if you have slippery floors. But overall these classic flip flop shoes are loved by many!
4. Heeled Sandals
Heeled sandals are great for any occasion and can be dressed up or down, making them a great option if you’re looking to add some height to your outfit. They can be worn with jeans, skirts, and dresses alike. These sandals come in a variety of heel styles and heights, so you won’t have a hard time choosing a pair that you want!
5. Thong Sandals
Thong sandals are sandal type that feature a thin strap. They are popular in the summer and can look great with shorts or skirts. These thong sandals can be worn to the beach or by themselves as a casual shoe during spring and summer time.
For a chic nautical look that you can wear during summer at the Hamptons, we recommend wearing striped shorts, a dressy linen top, and these super cute YSL sandals!
6. Wedge Sandals
Wedge sandals are an excellent choice for summer, spring, winter, fall and the beach. They are very versatile and can be worn with pretty much anything, but they look especially cute when paired with a chic flowy dress.
If you want to wear heels but don’t want the discomfort, then these wedge sandals are the perfect solution because they provide more arch support than that of the usual high heels.
7. Dad Sandals
Dad sandals are the perfect combination of comfort and durability. These sandals have a timeless style that’s as versatile as it is stylish, making them both comfortable for everyday life and classy enough for a night on the town. In addition to being great with any outfit, these sandals can be worn in nearly any setting—from the beach or poolside to an evening out at with your friends.
They’re called “dad sandals” because they look like something that our dads would wear, but trust us when we say that these ultra-comfortable sandals will bring you style while still allowing your feet to breathe in the warm weather. They can be made with leather straps, canvas straps, and even rubber, and they usually have flat soles.
Whether you’re going on a hike or taking a stroll down Main Street during your next vacation, there’s no better way to keep cool than wearing these casual slip-ons!
8. Rope Sandals
So what’s the difference between espadrilles and rope sandals? While espadrilles feature a woven jute sole, rope sandals are made out entirely of woven rope. They’re built to be worn on the beach or on warm, tropical climates. They’re a such a chic pair that can be worn with anything, anywhere.
Whether you’re going to a beach bar or hanging out at home with friends on a summer evening, these cute beach sandals will complement your outfit perfectly, and they make an excellent choice because they can withstand any terrain or climate condition without losing their form or function.
For a cute beach date look, pair these sandals with a long, flowy white dress.
9. Tassel Sandals
If you want to add a subtle flair to your outfit, then tassel sandals are a great option. They have the ability to dress up a casual outfit without grabbing too much attention. You can opt for neutral-colored tassels, or even multi-colored ones for a fun touch to your look.
10. Platform Sandals
Platform sandals are one of the most popular types of shoes for women. They are great for adding a little height to your look and come in an array of styles. These types of sandals are available in every color and style you could imagine, from classic black to bright red with glitter around the edges.
It’s also possible to find platform shoes with a variety of embellishments on them such as bows or studs that add texture while still keeping things casual enough to wear out on the town at night, when you want something pretty but not too dressy!
Like wedges, the elevated sole also serves as the heel. Platforms are great because they provide support for the ball of your feet, which means that they’re comfortable enough for walking all day. Just make sure that the straps are durable!
Birkenstocks have become so popular, and inspired so many copycats that they deserve to be in a category of their own. These orthopedic shoes are not just incredibly comfortable and easy on the feet, but they have also become a fashion statement.
In recent years, Birkenstock has collaborated with leaders in luxury fashion like Manolo Blahnik, Valentino and Proenza Schouler, which has elevated the brand’s status as a fashion forward shoe. Plus, it helps that multiple celebrities love them for their comfort!
12. Chunky Sandals
Chunky sandals are an essential part of your casual wardrobe, and they come in all kinds of colors and styles. They’re great for wearing with shorts, dresses, jeans – you name it. As the weather cools down in the fall and winter months, you can totally still wear your chunky flat sandals – just pair them with leggings or a longer skirt/dress as well!
Sandals come in different bright colors, but we suggest going pairs with neutral colors so that it would be easier to pair them with any clothes on your wardrobe.
15. Toe Loop Sandals
Toe loop sandals are an interesting type of barely there sandals; they’re an elevated flip flop that’s made for city life, you could say.
Toe loop sandals come in many forms, but they’re perhaps most often seen either on a strappy sandal, or a minimalist slide-style sandal, either with a heel or as a flat, as pictured above.
16. Peep Toe sandals
Peep toe sandals come in many different designs, with one unifying element: the peep toe. You can find these types of shoes as flats, with a kitten or a stiletto heel, and as wedges.
They’re a fun style to try if you don’t like your toes being on display too much, but also don’t mind them showing just a little bit.
17. Slingback Sandals
Slingback sandals are a type of open-toed sandal that have a strap that goes over the back of the foot. One of the most popular choice among women’s shoes, they can be worn in a variety of ways.
The term ‘slingback’ is used to describe a shoe or a sandal with a strap that wraps behind the foot or the ankle and fastens with Velcro or other closure. The style originated in the 1940s when these shoes were introduced on pin-up girls.
Slingbacks became even more popular when French luxury house Chanel introduced their iconic two-tone slingback shoes, designed in 1957 by Coco “Gabrielle” Chanel herself. Now, it has become of the most common sandal styles!
18. Clog Sandals
Clogs are a type of shoe that features a wooden sole. While these shoes originally had a closed toe, some clogs now come in a peep-toe sandal form, which is better suited for warmer climates.
19. Gladiator Sandals
Gladiator sandals, also known as gladiators or Roman sandals, are a type of sandal with a strap that wraps around the ankle. The name comes from their common use within ancient Romans: gladiators used them to secure their feet when fighting in the coliseum.
They’re usually made of leather with a flat sole and have an open toe; however, some versions may have closed toes if you want something more protective during chilly weather. Some modern gladiator sandals even have high heels too.
20. Block Heel Sandals
Block heels are a great way to add some height to your look. They’re also a great option if you want something that will be comfortable enough to wear all day long. The block heel is typically made of hard materials, and it can be very high (great for making your legs look slimmer), or lower on the shoe.
We love wearing these as summer sandals, since they’re perfect to pair with sundresses!
21. Sculptural Heel Sandals
Sounds like such a new concept, but sculptural heel sandals have been around for quite some time now. They’re designed to look like art, and they can add lots of style points to your outfits. Since they’re very interesting to look at, these sandals are great for dressy occasions. The heels can either be high or low, and the sandals are usual open toed.
We recommend wearing these with dresses, but you can also wear them with trousers or pantsuits – just make sure that the pant legs are tailored perfectly so you can show off your new pair of shoes!
22. Suede Sandals
Suede sandals are a great option for fashion-forward women who want to add more flair to their look. They’re versatile, durable, and easy to maintain—plus they’re very classy as well! A timeless style that works with any outfit and season of the year.
We recommend getting sandals with interesting heel styles to spice up your look even more, like these red suede sandals that we featured above.
23. Jelly Sandals
For a little bit of y2k nostalgia in your outfit, you can always wear jelly sandals. Jelly sandals are a great alternative to flip flops. They offer comfort, style and versatility. Jelly sandals are available in many different styles, colors and materials which allows you to find a pair that will perfectly match your wardrobe – some of them even feature embellishments like glitter to really make it pop!
These shoes are perfect for people who want something light weight but can still be dressed up with an outfit or worn casually with jeans or shorts.
24. Multi-Strap Sandals
Multi-strap sandals are a classic. In the summer, they look great with dresses and skirts. But you can also wear them with other bottoms for a relaxed look.
The multi-strap sandal was born in the sometime in the 18th century, and since then it has become one of the most popular styles of footwear for women. The straps can be different colors or widths and materials, as well as different colors depending on your taste.
Multi-strap sandals are similar to gladiator sandals.
12. Hiking Sandals
Hiking sandals are the best type of sandal for trekking through muddy terrain and getting dirty. They’re made for active women who love adventure, so if you’re looking for a pair that can handle whatever you throw at them, then this is the style for you.
Hiking sandals are usually made from synthetic materials or leather, which makes them durable and water resistant. They also have good grip on their chunky sole so they won’t slip in wet conditions. Teva is a well-loved active footwear and lifestyle brand that specializes in hiking boots, durable sandals, flip-flops, and more.
The ankle support is generally strong enough to hold your weight while walking over rocky surfaces or slippery paths without causing injury to your ankles – perfect for athletic activities!
Stilettos are a type of high-heeled sandal. The heel is usually thin and sharp, and it’s absolutely perfect when you feel like dressing up. They’re generally worn with an evening dress that’s either short or long (depending on whether it’s formal enough for stilettos), but they can also be paired with other styles too!
Sandals are awesome year round. You can wear them with dresses in the spring and summer, and with jeans in the fall and winter. They can take you from summer to spring, winter to fall, the city and beyond. In just one pair of sandals you’ll have access to a variety of looks: dressy, casual and anything in between.
Sandals are perfect for any occasion whether it be casual or fancy; they’re comfortable enough to wear all day long while still looking stylish enough to impress anyone who sees them on your feet.
And as you can see, there’s a lot of variety when it comes to sandal styles – all you have to do now is figure out which one fits your personal taste.
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