The formula for the perfect summer shoes is a tricky one. Do they keep your feet cool? Are they conducive to trekking around the city? Most important, will they look awesome with all of your breezy culottes and jumpsuits? Behold, 11 pairs that totally nail it.

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dolce vita corey slides


The natural palm fiber has summer written all over it—and the bright color combos are basically a piñata for your feet.

Dolce Vita ($90)

soludos knotted slides

Knotted Slides

The essence of lazy summer days, distilled into one perfect pair of sandals.

Soludos ($79)

shellys london hawaii platform sandal
Free People

Floral Platforms

As comfy (and colorful) as Grandma’s couch.

Shellys London ($89)

steve madden dasha sandal


Minimalists, this one’s for you: An invisible PVC strap gives the illusion of going barefoot (without actually going barefoot, because...gross).

Steve Madden ($50)

topshop woven mules

Woven Mules

Slip these babies on and you may suddenly have a thirst for piña coladas. 

Topshop ($52)

melissa rainbow pool slides

Rainbow Pool Slides

Like a unicorn pool float you can take with you.

Melissa ($85)

raye braided sandals

Braided Sandals

Turns out our favorite humidity-proof summer hairstyle makes a great shoe detail too.

Raye ($64)

asos metallic huaraches

Metallic Huaraches

A classic summer shoe, now with 60 percent more pizzazz.

ASOS ($32)

new balance tropical print shoes

Tropical-Print Joggers

Who says arch support and cabana vibes have to be mutually exclusive?

New Balance ($89)

dr scholls sandals
Dr. Scholl's

Wood-Soled Slides

We have mixed feelings about the resurgence of this early-aughts fave. On one hand, we feel ancient. But on the other…they do look cute with cropped jeans.

Dr. Scholl's ($88)

target tassel sandals


What can we say? We love a shoe that does the accessorizing for us.

A New Day ($23)

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