5 Best Summer Sandal Styles in 2012

From easy-to-wear flats to sky-high platforms, find your perfect summer sandal  

Credit: Rowan Sky

D.Co Berlin Sandals in Peach ($239) adds a fun twist to the classic Roman sandal

From easy-to-wear flats to sky high platforms, here are this year’s best summer sandals


Lillibeth Patent Sandals in Festival
Green ($79) at J.Crew
(Image: J.Crew)

Brazen Brights

An easy way to add a dash of vibrant colour to summer wear is to don bright sandals.

This season there are many lovely and wearable flat options on the market in fuschia, kelly green, electric blue, tangerine or canary yellow, which are sure to enliven cut-offs and summer dresses.  

Matiko Paris in Nude ($219)
at Charlie & Lee
(Image: Charlie & Lee)

Naughty Nudes

While there are tons of nude flats on the market this season, the sky-high nudes present a more interesting style statement, adding height and a sculptural silhouette while letting your gams take the spotlight. 

Sardinia Wedge Espadrilles ($88)
at J.Crew (Image: J.Crew)

Romantic Espadrilles

Romantic Spanish silhouettes are all the rage in summer 2012.

Even if you won’t make it to San Sebastian for a holiday – the espadrille-making capital of the world – don a pair of mid-heel, sexy, woven espadrilles for a stroll along the sea wall and pretend you’re in Basque country. 

Camper’s Laura Wedge
($189) at Rowan Sky
(Image: Rowan Sky)




Cheeky Two Tones

Tired of the typical tan gladiators?

This season designers are mixing classic camel and siena leather sandal straps with white, black, gold and even a bright colour detailing, allowing wearers to hint at the brights trend without over committing.

Acne Ambrosias ($445) at Gravity
Pope (Image: Gravity Pope)

Back to Basics

Utilitarian flats and sandal boots with sturdy soles, laces and tassel detailing made an appearance in several Spring/Summer 2012 collections.

These basics instinctively pair well with button-up tanks, maxi skirts and other heavy leather accessories, including saddlebag purses and leather backpacks.