Ready or not, summer is virtually upon us, and it is time for toes to be on full display. Getting a pedicure is just step one, but procuring the right sandals (we’re opting for flats at the moment) for the streets of New York City can be a little tricky. Is strappy and buckle-festooned best? Or should one go for slides that effortlessly slip-on?
Take a gander at some of our favorite picks (even artwork by Magritte makes an appearance), and you’re sure to find a pair to carry you from Memorial Day to Labor Day — and (weather permitting) then some.
Pool slides get a makeover worthy of hitting the New York City streets by the house of Chloé. Gold hardware adds a dose of elegance to the black-and-turquoise neoprene. $840. 850 Madison Avenue (69th/70th Streets); 212-717-8220; chloe.com
This pair of sandals from Marni (the metallic silver leather fringe on top is removable) is both whimsical and practical. Added bonus? The red mesh foot bed provides the perfect amount of support for long jaunts in Central Park. $770. 161 Mercer Street (Prince/Houston Streets); 212-343-3912; marni.com
Dolce & Gabbana knows exactly how to get us in the summertime mindset and wishing for a one-way ticket to Italy. The brand’s raffia sandals are covered in dazzling crystals and studs and have a durable leather ankle strap. $895. 825 Madison Avenue (68th/69th Streets); 212-249-4100; dolcegabbana.com
The Double Reality sandals from Opening Ceremony are a seriously chic update to the standard Birkenstock. This limited edition style is printed with one of Magritte’s delightful, Surrealist motifs. $170. 35 Howard Street (Broadway/Crosby Street); 212-219-2688; openingceremony.us
Leave it to Lanvin to masterfully glam up the sporty footwear trend that was all over the spring runways. Here, holographic magenta leather is woven into a red-orange base, all atop a comfy foam sole. $990. 815 Madison Avenue (68th/69th Streets); 646-439-0380; lanvin.com
Sometimes the simplest design does just the trick, and no one does it better than Ancient Greek Sandals. You'll feel like a goddess in the Phoebe sandal, a mix of natural leather and metallic accents. $215. 121 Greenwich Avenue (Jane/Horatio Streets); 212-229-9424; otteny.com
On the Poet sandal by 10 Crosby Derek Lam, natural-hued pony hair is printed with an eye-catching abstract design.These flats will work well with pretty much anything in your closet: an easy LBD, shorts and a tee, and even jeans on cooler nights. $225. 611 Fifth Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-753-4000; saksfifthavenue.com
When one of the coolest, young designers out there (in this case, Jeremy Scott) teams up with the legendary adidas Originals, the product is a total hit. These slides have a gel wing affixed to the top, making them simultaneously utterly unique and infinitely wearable all season long. $75. 136 Wooster Street (Prince/Houston Streets); 212-673-0398; adidas.com
Once you scoop up a pair of these espadrille sandals by Gucci, you are pretty much obligated to take a glamorous beach getaway as soon as possible. A playful beach-ball print is emblazoned on the satin-twill ties, and the soles are reinforced leather, making them ideal for long treks along the boardwalk. $695. 725 Fifth Avenue (56th/57th Streets); 212-826-2600; gucci.com
No matter your ensemble (be it a simple sundress or the urban uniform of black separates), Givenchy’s sandals will add some serious street cred to your look. Orange plastic is trimmed in patent leather and finished off with a rose gold buckle at the ankle. $1,095. 660 Madison Avenue (61st/62nd Streets); 212-826-8900; barneys.com