Warm weather is beckoning, so pull off the heavy boots and get ready to slip into summer’s hottest heels. The boldest architectural heels compete with feathers and buckles for attention on and off the runways. The trending sandal heels you’ve got to have are flashy and feminine, edgy and naturally boho. Designers are giving a nod to the ‘90s with strappy styles, glitter styles, clogs and mules. They are finding fresh inspiration and introducing new textures and shapes. Heeled sandals are the shoes delivering news that footwear is fun this spring and summer.
STRAPPY SANDAL HEELS
Welcome back strappy sandal heels with fun, fresh styling. The ‘90s influence is evident but the design is less chunky and more refined than you’ll remember. Look for barely-there straps that tie around the ankle.
GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI Sequinned Atollo sandals, $750, Farfetch
Kenneth Cole Women’s Maisie Ankle-Strap Sandals, $135, Bloomingdales
ROPE AND BRAIDS
Nautical details give a nod to the seaside. Braided footwear paired with flowing dresses and skirts at New York Fashion Week shows such as those of Milly and Ulla Johnson. Get your hands on a pair of rope sandals and stow them away for your next getaway.
Schutz Zemna Strappy Sandals, $120, ShopBop
Via Spiga Women’s Mitchel 2 Woven Block Heel Mules, $250, Bloomingdales
Feathered heels and flat sandals fluttered down the spring runways of designers ranging from Valentino to Prabal Gurung and Simone Rocha. Some designers added plumage to the heel of their footwear, while others adorned the straps with feathers.
Make the faux feather choice with the STEVE MADDEN FEFE SANDAL, $109, DSW
You may need a few extra minutes in the morning to strap yourself in, but the effort is worth the edginess that one, two, three or four buckles give your style. Alexander McQueen used three buckles and Sies Marjan piled on four rugged straps for their runway shows. These heels are effortless style — the fake buckle trick works well for a busy woman on the go.
Paris Texas Buckled High-Heeled Sandals, $385.00, Farfetch
Footwear sets the tone for your whole look when you go for the season’s flashy neons and vibrant shades.
LEVEL LIME LEATHER LACE-UP HIGH HEEL SANDALS, $99, STEVE MADDEN