This Is the Only Shoe Trend You Need to Know for Summer 2022

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There are a wide variety of shoe styles trending this summer, including flatforms, peep-toe kitten heels and even knee high boots. But there is one shoe that reigns supreme above all others: the Birkenstock-inspired double-buckle sandal. These easy flats are the way to go if you want something that’s both comfortable and trendy, and best of all, they come in so many different colors, fabrics and price points, you’re bound to come across your dream pair somewhere (perhaps even in this article).

So, what’s the best way to style your beloved buckled sandals? Pair sportier styles like Freedom Moses with equally sporty separates like bike shorts or an exercise dress. Sleeker silhouettes, like this minimalist Jane and the Shoe pair, work better with dressier options, like a silk slip dress or wide-leg trousers. And of course, we couldn’t talk about buckled sandals without calling out the inspiration behind the whole trend, Arizona Birkenstocks. These classic, supportive slip-ons come in a wide variety of styles and colors, but our favorite will always be the original neutral-hued oiled leather. We suggest wearing them with everything from floaty midi dresses to raw-hem jeans to comfy joggers.

Here, 15 of the best buckled sandals to shop now and wear all the way through Labor Day.

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1. Birkenstock Leather Arizona Big Buckle

There are many versions of the Birkenstock Arizona slide to choose between, but the hottest style right now has to be the Big Buckle. As the name suggests, the buckles on this version are larger than the OG which, combined with the gold, give these sandals a more luxe vibe. They also come in both wide and narrow widths and the straps are fully adjustable for a custom fit.

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2. Freedom Moses Slides

These no-frill, waterproof sandals are swiftly becoming the must-have shoe of the summer. They’re super lightweight, incredibly comfortable and come in basically every color under the sun and plenty of patterns too. Because the buckles are just for show, we suggest going up a size if you have wider feet.

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3. Accessorize Leather Slide Buckle Sandals

Looking for something a bit sleeker? Try this black pair with a minimalist footbed and simple leather upper. And the pop of gold makes them look far more expensive than their under-$50 price tag.

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4. Ulla Johnson Kiera Raffia Slides

The raffia braiding on this cushy sandal makes it feel all the more summery and the hammered metal buckles feel more casual than bright, shiny gold or silver. The result? A perfect beach vacation shoe that is also surprisingly supportive.

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5. Asos Fate Jelly Sandals

If you hate the feel of sandals slapping against your heel or just want something that feels even more secure, try this lightweight jelly sandal by ASOS. The buckles are all fully functional so you can tighten or loosen wherever it’s needed, and the rubbery material is entirely waterproof and incredibly easy to clean. Plus, you really can’t beat that $17 price tag.

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6. Kaanas Kuala Suede Slides

The suede upper on these sandals is buttery soft, virtually eliminating the need for a break-in period. Kaanas is a family-owned and -operated brand that works with female artisans in Colombia to handcraft these gorgeous shoes, making them well worth the splurge in our opinion.

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7. Birkenstock Arizona Essentials Eva Slides

These EVA slides have all the same hallmarks of a leather Birkenstock shoe—ample foot support, wide and narrow widths, impeccable craftsmanship—just at a much lower price point. They’re also super lightweight and, as an added bonus, are fully waterproof so you don’t have to fret over any unexpected mid-summer rain storms.

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8. Raid Hellena Buckle Clogs

Summer clogs first popped up on our radar in 2021, but they’re just as trendy this year, so if you have yet to buy into the trend (or even if you have) why not try this adorable pair that combines two must-haves into one? The faux-wooden platform adds two inches of height without stressing your arches and are lighter (and less expensive) than real wooden clogs. Oh, and they also come in wide widths if you’re worried about the adjustable buckles not fitting quite right.

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9. Isabel Marant Lennyo Sandals

We love the combination of a boho silhouette and rocker studs on this Isabel Marant shoe, and apparently so do lots of other folks—the Lennyo is one of Shopbop’s best-selling sandals right now, so if you want a pair, we highly suggest adding to cart ASAP. And according to reviews, the suede upper and leather sole wear beautifully and only get softer over time, making these a good investment you’ll wear for years to come.

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10. Toga Pulla Double Buckle Charms Sandals

Want something with a bit more edge? These leather slides come with western-inspired buckles and edgy studded charms to help them stand out from the pack. They’re also surprisingly supportive and the rubber lug-sole provides excellent traction for walking all over town.

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11. Sorel Roaming Slides

If support is a priority, try this Sorel pair that is designed with a cushy one-inch platform that will keep your feet happy even after a full day of walking. The front strap is fixed in place, but the second has a cool double-pronged adjustable buckle so you can tighten up if need be. Reviews do suggest these are a better fit for those with wider feet, despite not actually coming in wide widths.

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12. Stuart Weitzman Pearl Buckle Slide

These adorable Stuart Weitzman slides combine all the comfort and ease of a rubber sandal with a touch of glam by way of pearl-adorned buckles. They come in four colors—black, white, wisteria (lilac) and the rosewater pink above—all of which are wonderfully lightweight and super easy to clean, so you don’t need to be precious with them.

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13. Stradivarius Buckle Detail Sandals

The lug sole and brown cork layer give these slides a true outdoorsy feel, while the cream faux-leather straps add a major dose of style. We love the matching cream-colored buckles, too, making these a bit more versatile than classic gold or silver.

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14. Roger Vivier Viv Crystal-buckle Slides

For those willing to splurge, we adore these glamorous slides from Roger Vivier. And the combination of preppy tweed and a casual Birk-inspired silhouette is too much fun to pass on. That said, they also come white, black and silver if you want something a bit more neutral.

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15. Born Calysta Sandals

Born is well-known for its comfortable-yet-chic shoe designs, and the Calysta sandal is no exception. The footbed is super cushy and has a cork-infused midsole for lightweight support. And those suede straps will only get softer the more you wear them.



Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...