11 Summer Sandal Alternatives To Wear When You Don't Feel Like Exposing Your Toes

Although they are a major wardrobe staple for summer, sandals are not always appropriate for every occasion. If you live on the East Coast like I do, summer is a short-lived season. Due to this fact, it can be hard for me to justify the purchase of a nice pair of sandals that I may only wear for a couple of weeks. If you live in the Greater New York City Area like I do, you might also be apprehensive about walking around on the dirty city streets with your feet exposed. I absolutely feel uneasy about it and so, I am faced with this fashion dilemma: How do you go through summer without wearing sandals while still looking seasonally-appropriate?

Ladies, I have an answer for you. As a matter of fact, I have a bunch of answers for you: espadrilles, moccasins, perforated flats, and more. Here are 11 summer sandal alternatives that will be comfortable and stylish to wear come July.

Light Neutral Ankle Booties

Hidden Wedge Luna Suede Fringed Boots, $210, Asos

These boots are perfect for summer! They are a gorgeous light neutral and the fringed detail is very hot right now.

Slip On Sneakers

Selma Sneakers, $228, Kate Spade

I am obsessed with these shoes. They are tropical without being overwhelming and the flamingo is so stinking cute!

Printed Sneakers

Taylor Swift’s Champion Seersucker Daisy, $55, Keds

These little cuties scream, “Happy July 4th!” in the best way, especially when paired with denim cutoffs.


Soludos “Classic” Espadrilles, $48, Nordstrom

These espadrilles are so classic and feminine. Think of all the sundresses that you can wear them with.

Bright Wedges

Seville Espadrille Wedges, $76, J Crew

These coral espadrille wedges from J. Crew will be your go-to summer high heel.

Peep-toe Flats

Christian Louboutin Pre-owned Peep-toe Flats, $145, The Real Real

These pink seersucker peep-toe flats are a great summer alternative to sandals for the office.

Perforated Flats

Perforated Faux Leather Flats, $16, Forever 21

These metallic perforated flats are also a great alternative to a sandal for the office in the summer.

Boat Shoes

Audrey Slip-on Boat Shoe, $64, Dodds Shoes

Boat shoes are a cute summer shoe that you can wear casually in place of a sandal.


Beaded Kilty Moccasin, $60, MinnetonkaThese white beaded moccasins definitely feel like they should be a summer staple.

The Sneaker Espadrille Love Child

Sphinx Espadrille Slip-on Shoe, $35, Nordstrom Rack

These shoes are halfway between a sneaker and an espadrille, you know, just in case you can’t make up your mind.

The Athletic Sneaker

Nike ‘Roshe Run’ Sneaker, $75, N ordstrom

These sweet Nike kicks will make you look from the gym to the after-party.