One thing I loved about living in Europe was the access to high quality shoes! I especially loved seeing all the women in their summer sandals. European women usually wear interesting low and mid heeled sandals in the summer. These sandals are comfortable enough to walk in but with just enough height to give the figure a bit of a boost or make sure your skirt or dress isn’t dragging on the ground. While I don’t think you need to wear heels to look elegant, wearing them can make you look more “put together” than flats. I’ve combed through some online retailers to inspire you and selected my favorites to show off. There are one or two (OK five or six, don’t judge me!) here that just might fall into my e-cart!
Sizes 36 – 40, 2″ inch heel, Leather
These are a pretty great example of the elegant summer sandals I’d see. Eye catching but versatile and oh so comfortable!
Sizes 36 – 41, 1″ inch heel, Leather
Also available in rose gold
An elegant Birkenstock alternative in bronze or rose gold!
Sizes 5 – 11, 1″ inch heel, Leather and Cork
A strappy gladiator with a little bit of height. Perfect with your favorite shorts.
5.5 – 11, 1.5″ inch heel, Leather and Cork
Perfect blend of color, elegance, comfort, and value. These are my personal pick from Anthro!
Sizes 5 -11, 1.5″ inch heel, Leather and Suede
Mixed metallic perfection in a sophisticated silhouette.
Sizes 5 – 11, 3″ inch heel, Leather and Rubber
This is a wedge you can take to the office but still wear for summer cocktails or the farmer’s market!
Sizes 4 -12, 2″ inch heel, Leather and Synthetic
Add some shine to your outfit with these comfortable and classy wedges!
Sizes 6 – 11, 1″ inch heel, Leather and Rubber
Also available in Black and Nude
These are my favorite Gladiator sandals out of the 700+ sandals I looked at for this post. They are quality shoes (I saw them at Nordies up close and personal) and oh my are they comfy. I also like how ageless the design is while still being modern. I could certainly see Helen Mirren in these!
Sizes 5 – 11, 1.75″ inch heel, Suede and Cork
I love the Hamptons chic silhouette in a pop color!
4 – 11, 1.5″ heel, Leather and Rubber
Here is a comfort brand that’s hitting the jackpot with style. The best part is: they come in wide widths too!
Sizes 4 – 11, 3″ inch heel with 1″ inch platform, Leather and Rubber
Many colors and widths!
A rainbow of colors and a very comfortable secure fit that provides a lot of height without sacrificing posture.
Sizes 5 – 12, 2.25 ” inch heel, Nappa Leather and Synthetic
Comes in multiple colors and widths
I call these “Saltwaters for adults” because of the classic shape with updated styling and a bit of a wedge. These are a great buy!
Sizes 4.5 – 10, 1.75″ inch heel, Suede
Also available in black
I love this one because it’s versatile. I think you could probably wear it three seasons of the year and to any occasion. I also love the quality and fit of Ecco’s shoes with their slightly smaller heel cup and wide toe box. I’ll certainly be trying these on!
Sizes 4 – 12, 3.25″ inch heel, Leather
Multiple colors and finishes
One of Nordstrom’s most popular sandals so far this year is actually a bootie hybrid. I can see the appeal as it’s an interesting shape that can be worn all year. They have great reviews! I’d have to try them on because I’m short with muscular legs, so they might not look as great as some of the photo’s on the internet show!
Sizes 5 – 12, 1.5 ” inch heel, Leather and Metallic
Also available in white and multiple widths
Looking for a sandal for ultra wide feet? These have the whole range of sizes in wide wide width too! Not to mention they are just plain cool!
Vince Camuto Ellezi Cutout Sandal $ 117.95
Sizes 5 – 10, 3 ” inch heel, Suede
I like this bootie hybrid because it’s got perforations (and you know how I love the perforated trend) plus it’s striking dark navy color is a great alternative to black!
Sizes 5.5 – 11, 1.75 inch heel, Suede
Also comes in nude
Dayum girl! I love this color and the style is pretty fun too!
Size 35 – 41, 2.5″ inch heel with a .5″ inch platform, Synthetic
I was actually eyeing this shoe right before I left the EU and luckily I found it here in the US! I really like the cork look and light nude color of the shoe!
Sizes 6 – 11, 3″ inch heel, Suede
Multiple colors available
I really like the cut of these wedges. As I mentioned earlier, being on the shorter side and having muscular legs can make finding flattering shoes for the bare leg season a chore. With the cut on these bad boys your legs will look longer and more shapely thanks to cleverly placed straps!
Sizes 5 – 10, 2.5″ inch heel, Synthetic
Also available in black
Looking for a vegan alternative? These budget friendly wedges have a nice height and nod to the gladiator style. It’s a great way to funk up classic pieces for less.
sizes 5.5 -11, 3.5″ inch heel, Textile and Rubber
Also available in gold
I went to Target to try these on but they were out in my size and completely sold out of the gold color. The gold is super sophisticated for the price. I will try to find a pair in my size in store just to check fit and heel height. If it’s good I’ll order both colors online. This is a great leg lengthening cut, not to mention a dead ringer for a pair of designer shoes I saw for over $500! I won’t tell if you won’t!
Sizes 6 – 10, 1″ inch heel, Synthetic
Also available in black
Another great looking summer sandal at a great price. These are also sold out in my area in the store. I’m tempted to just buy them online and return to Tarjay in person if they don’t fit! These also got rave reviews online!
Sizes 6 – 10, 2″ inch heel, Synthetic
Available in many colors
When I saw these at ON I think my jaw hit the floor. These are very close to some current J.Crew and Tory Burch styles for a heck of a lot less. They have a bevy of colors and finishes but I pictured the silver because it’s hard to find a true silver colored sandal!
Do you have a favorite pair or another great summer sandal you’d like to share? If so let us know in the comments below!