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I’m not much of a heels person, but there’s something about summer that makes me want to kick off my go-to chunky sneaks and mules and slip my feet into something a little bit bolder and brighter. Summer heels are the stuff sartorial dreams are made of—the kind of thing we wear in our wildest fashion fantasies (and in our ideal Instagram feeds). What better way is there, then, to dress up a low-key graphic tee and jeans combo than to slide into a pair of on-trend kitten-heeled sandals or to don some vibrant mules?
Even I, a comfort-seeker who can be found wearing the same three outfits over and over again without fail, can’t ignore the inherent appeal of summer heels. I may be someone who has to make sure I know how and where I can wear something before buying it, but I’m no match at all for the sheer number of gorgeous summer heels available these days. Not to mention, since sensible shoes have made something of a comeback in recent years, the summer heels on offer are looking comfier and more reasonable than they have in a long, long time. (Cue block and kitten heels!) The summer heels landscape is our collective, proverbial oyster. All that’s left for us to do is shop it.
To get you started I rounded up a few pairs of summer heels waiting to make all your most aesthetic and Instagram-worthy dreams come true. Whether you buy pumps that will send you soaring above everyone’s heads or kitten heels that give you just the right amount of height, you’re sure to find the perfect pair of heels below.
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If you’re in need of a simple strappy stiletto (try saying that three times fast!) try out this pair from Senso. They may not seem exciting at first glance, but they’re the perfect finishing touch to almost all your summer lewks.
Kate Woven Mid Heeled Sandals
These woven mules are perfect for everyday wear—and they’re a great pick to get back into wearing heels after a year of mostly wearing sneakers or slippers.
Lana Slide Sandals
Have some fun with your footwear this summer in this pair of floral mules by Chinese Laundry. The low heel will make your feet feel heavenly, even after a few hours of wear.
Hazel Heel Thong Sandals
Another summer day, another pair of heeled flip-flops. This simple pair from A New Day at Target is so affordable at only $30 bucks.
Mrs. Big Mules
Got a big night out coming up? Treat yourself to these shimmery pink mules from Jeffrey Campbell. They’re basically Carrie Bradshaw-approved!
Danica Square Toe Sandals
Heeled flip-flops are officially back in 2021. This zebra-printed pair from Villa Rouge is a great way to try out the style, especially since the heel isn’t too high.
Quentin Heeled Sandals
This pair of chunky-heeled sandals comes adorned with a delicate gold chain for added fashionable flair. Oh—and they retail for under $60 bucks. What’s not to love?
On the opposite end of the versatile spectrum are these shoes from Raye, which are pricy but totally worth it. They will 100 percent make a statement the next time you wear them—and I mean that in the best way possible.
Add some color into your wardrobe with this pair of bright blue heels from Aldo. They look like they’re straight out a Polly Pocket accessories set and I love them for you.
A version of this article was originally published in April 2019.