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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 for barbecues and beach days? Most importantly, will they look awesome with all your breezy dresses and jumpsuits? Behold, ten pairs that totally nail it.

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Bow Slides

You finally have an excuse to get a fancy pedicure—what better way to show off those toes than by wrapping them up like a present?

Kaanas ($99)

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Gingham Sneakers

The unofficial print of summer is particularly on-trend this year. And a sporty pair of kicks protect you from the dreaded city grime during all your seasonal excursions. 

Superga ($80)

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Free People

The New Ballet Flat

Yep, the French-girl staple is back, and this time it manages to feel both polished and unfussy at the same time. (Perfect for when you need to dress up a casual sundress.)

Free People ($68)

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Embroidered Espadrilles

The iconic summer shoe gets even more summery with kitschy patches. (Can it get anymore seasonal than watermelon?) 

Soludos ($75)

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Floral Pool Slides

Anyone who went to middle school in the ’90s remembers those ubiquitous slip-ons. But a chic print feels decidedly fresh (while still being totally waterproof). 

Melissa ($84)

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Urban Outfitters

Palm-Print Mules

The perfect accompaniment to mai tais and drink umbrellas.

Urban Outfitters ($69)

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Pom-Pom Sandals

Every outfit becomes a party outfit when you’re sporting the wearable equivalent of confetti.

Sam Edelman ($90)

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Fringed Pink Mules

You know all about the color of the moment. And what better way to embrace it than on a pair of party-ready (or wedding-ready) heels? 

Mango ($80)

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Saks Off 5th

Espadrille Sneakers

Two beloved shoe styles, together at last.

Marc Fisher ($80)

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Minimalist Sandals

There’s something to be said for a classic nude sandal (that won’t compete with all your colorful sundresses).

Zara ($50) 

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