A Guide to Spring’s Standout

The Sport Sandal

This Workhorse is Now at the Office

While it may seem that these sandals are only appropriate for your gym bag, Sunday errands or a quick coffee run, we beg to differ. Try sporting a pair with your business attire. Think a pencil skirt, a lightweight trench and a structured handbag for a look that shows you tried (but not too hard).


Although the iconic brand is most known for their “Arizona” style (the two-strap version shown above and below), we’re big fans of the “Madrid,” the newest iteration with a single strap.

Birkenstock ($30)

The Gladiator

Go On, Get Strap Happy

Gladiator sandals are back with a vengeance (see what we did there?). The leader of the pack this season: A knee-high gladiator sandal. Yep, that’s a thing. But not to worry if you’re apprehensive--shorter styles are still in the mix. When putting together your outfit, opt for feminine pieces like a slip dress or lacy skirt to counteract the tough-looking straps. It’s fashion juxtaposition at it’s best.

Stuart Weitzman

A gladiator sandal isn’t a true gladiator until it earns a few studs. Leather ties at the ankles are also a popular update. Just be sure not to tie in a bow.

Stuart Weitzman ($435)

The Espadrille

Your Easygoing Accomplice

The tried-and-true espadrille. If ever there were a French style to copy, this would be it. And the best thing: there are tons of iterations. There’s the sneaker-like sandal, the slip-on slide and even the dressy wedge. No matter which option you choose, it’s bound to see a full season’s worth of wear.

Charles David

Busy prints on your feet can be a bit much. But Charles David gets this pair just right. The celestial pattern adds a certain interest to the simple flat, while the colors make it easy to work into your current rotation. We’re thinking cuffed denim or a breezy sundress.

Charles by Charles David ($150)