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    42 Shoes That Were Born To Be Worn With Summer Dresses

    These shoes are ready for some fun in the sun.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Strappy sandals — a summertime classic you're gonna love wearing until autumn leaves start falling. The doubled up ankle straps hit at juuust the right spot to make them the perfect match with shorts, skirts, jeans, and (of course) all your dresses.

    person wearing rose gold color sandals in a beach-y setting
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    Promising review: "These sandles are fun, super comfy and (in the rose gold color) are SO easy to match up with any outfit. I also got these in teal and love them just as much. I was skeptical because they are quite inexpensive: BUT I find them to be of great quality. I have wide size 8.5 feet...I got one pair in an 8.5 and the other in a 9. They both fit fabulously. Even when the excessive heat makes my feet swell they are still super comfy and forgiving." —The PAK

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in sizes 6–11 and 10 colors).

    2. Closed-toe sandals you can wear when protecting that new pedicure is your number one priority. Or when your last pedicure is starting to look so chipped and grizzly it probably shouldn't see the light of day. Either way, these are very helpful kicks!

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "I wish I had bought these in every color. They were comfortable from the very first wear. They go with everything and I have received so many compliments. They are the best sandals ever." —JAMinFWTX

    Get them from Anthropologie for $125 (available in sizes 36–41 and five colors).

    3. Woven slides for quietly slipping on when you need to sneakily slip out the door. Sometimes you just need a day out and about *without* your (loveably) needy roommate.

    Black and white checkered slide-on flats
    Zou Xou Shoes

    This Black woman-owned business is based in NYC. The line has been creating ethically handcrafted shoes by shoemakers in Buenos Aires, Argentinian since 2015.

    Promising review: "These shoes are great! The leather is soft and comfortable — no breaking in necessary." —Eileen chao

    Get them from Zou Xou Shoes on Etsy for $185 (available in sizes 36–42).

    4. Platform espadrilles that come in dozens (and DOZENS) of colors. If you plan on living a goth girl summer, grab these in black and you'll avoid sweating to death despite your all black outfits.

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    Promising review: "I wear an 8 but ordered a half-size down because of suggestions from other customers. The 7.5 I ordered fits lovely! They are nice and snug and comfortable on my flat feet! I ordered three different pairs." —Alexis Becks

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and 70+!!! colors/styles).

    5. Fuzzy Ugg slide-ons – they're gonna show off your wild side when your best summer dress has you looking every shade of chic.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "These are super comfy. They're very cute and functional, so easy to walk around with, and I 10/10 recommend them!" —Loody

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $100 (available in wide sizes 6–10 and five colors).

    6. Scalloped sandals so cute you just might want to ~shell~ out some cash from your savings to get them on your feet.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love, love, love these shoes. The block heel is very comfortable, and the front strap is loose enough for my wide feet. The scalloped straps don't dig into your foot. They do run a bit big (I'm usually between a nine and a nine and a half, and the nine here was perfect). I was skeptical about the material, but they are soft and smooth like real suede." —I. Koehncke

    Get them from Amazon for $29.90 (available in sizes 5.5-11 and in eight colors).

    7. Midform and flatform Tevas with bold rainbow patterns for anyone who takes ~pride~ in their colorful wardrobe.

    Tevas

    Promising review: (flatforms) "I adore these shoes!! Not only are they super comfortable, but I also get constant compliments on how cute they are!!" —Cookie Bomb Queen

    Get the midforms for $60 (available in sizes W5/M4–W11/M10) and the flatforms for $70 (available in sizes W5/M4–W11/M10 and two colors), both from Tevas.

    8. Surprisingly chic Dr. Scholl's wedge sandals sure to make you a believer in affordable, fashionable, and *comfortable* summertime shoes. Painful and plain flip flops are a thing of the past, people!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have short and stubby feet. They are wide. I have a hard time finding good shoes. These sandals fit perfectly, spacious, soft and, best of all, do not hurt my feet when walking. They are extremely comfortable. They are beautiful too. Inexpensive. The platform heel is the perfect size. The good clasp adjusts to ankle size for comfort. Dr. Scholl's outdid himself with this sandal. Now, I use them every day and everywhere. Will invest in multiple pairs, different colors." —Clara PadillaTurley

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in sizes 6–11 and in six colors).

    9. Calf hair trainers that'll look worthy of a cat walk when paired with your impressive collection of animal print outfits. Dress! To! Impress!

    Madewell

    Promising review: "Love. Love. LOVE! They look great with everything! I teach elementary school, and I got several messages from parents saying their kids came home talking about how cool my new shoes were. Do yourself a favor and order them now! They're a must-buy! :)" —ElementaryTeacher

    Get them from Madewell for $110 (available in sizes 5–11).

    10. Comfy sling sandals literally made from recycled yoga mats and made to be the most comfortable sandals you've ever slipped into.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are exactly what I've been looking for! They're perfect with a summer dress so you don't have to wear heals, but relaxed enough for an everyday sandal. The material is a soft and stretchy, with wicking fabric that doesn't rub, so no need to break them in. The soul is very cushiony (I have other pair and the yoga soul has held up really well — especially for what they've been through with kayaking, around the farm, through the creek, etc. They dry out really well and don't squeak/fall apart as others have). Great brand! Happy to have found my new summer statement shoe." —Elle

    Get them from Amazon for $22.87+ (available in 16 colors and sizes 5–11).

    11. Cruise Rider Pumas for people who would like to add a spunky punch to their closet full of simple sun dresses.

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    Promising review: "I love these! They're perfect if you are looking for a pair of lifestyle shoes for casual days. They are stylish and comfortable." —DMoney

    Get them from Pumas for $85 (available in sizes 5.5–11 and three colors).

    12. Wide-fit espadrilles that'll be so comfortable you'll forget you're even wearing shoes at all.

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    Promising review: "These are absolutely adorable. Plus, they're very affordable, but they don’t look cheap. However, considering the price I don’t expect them to last for years. You have to be realistic. I’m a 7.5 with wide feet. I ordered a 7.5, and they fit perfectly. I wore them one day so far with no show socks, and they’re very comfortable. I can’t wait to wear these for my Europe trip next month. I highly recommend." —J. Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $12.59+ (available in sizes 5.5-9.5 and in eight colors).

    13. Handmade Koio sneakers constructed with soft leather and a detailed suede heel for people who live in neutral colors but still want to make a statement. Don't worry, you *can* have it all!

    Several sneakers in different colors on table covered in small stones
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    Promising review: "Wow, I didn't know what I was missing by not having these shoes in my life! I have been looking at these for almost a year now, and finally pulled the trigger this weekend and purchase them. I wanted something a little more polished and 'dressy' and thought these would fit the bill. They are PERFECT! The leather is high quality, the design is gorgeous and sleek, and they elevate every outfit I wear. I have worn them every day since I bought them and have put my other shoes into storage. These are so classy and unique. I know I won't see them all over the place when I'm out and about. I really wish I would have pulled the trigger on them sooner. If you are on the fence, do not hesitate and just buy them. You won't regret it!" —Melanie M.

    Get them from Koio for $268 (available in sizes 5–11 and 12 colors).

    14. Hunter boots sure to keep you safe and dry when you boldly embrace dreary days and make a point to enjoy sloshing about in summer storms.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are worth every penny. I just mucked about in the biggest mud puddles in a field next to a creek in the rain. These didn't cause me to slip or slide, they're comfy, well-built, and I didn't even need to walk carefully. Thank you, Midsomer Murders and every other BBC show I watch, for convincing me to throw out the cheap, decorative 'rain boots' I had and go for some that are the real deal. I totally get it now. I'm off to find some more mud..." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $68.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 15 colors).

    15. Quilted platforms, because even if you don't have a cushy life, at least your feet can enjoy one.

    Free People

    Promising review: "Seychelles are known to be super comfy and these don’t disappoint! They're super cute — the terracotta color is gorgeous." –Jmnmn

    Get them from Free People for $129 (available in sizes sizes 6–11 and three colors).

    16. Chinese Laundry sandals with heels thick enough to keep your feet comfortable if you plan on dancing your way through your busy wedding season schedule.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased the sunflower yellow. The suede has a sheen to it that makes them look like a lush gold, but not in tacky cheap way. The photos, including mine, make the suede look more rough/hairy than they look. It is very smooth and soft. These are the kind of shoes that are so comfy you feel like you could run in them. I'm a size 7.5 but I purchased an 8 just to be safe and they fit prefectly. I have a wide foot and a high arch." —Christa

    Get them from Amazon for $41+ (available in sizes 5.5-11 and four colors).

    17. Leather Mary Janes to transform your 2021 self into a '90s blast-from-the-past star. Pair these with a jumper and BAM! You're Meg Ryan. Enjoy!

    Model's legs with the buckled shoes paired with long white socks
    Dr. Martens

    Promising review: "I love these so much. Out of all the Docs boots I own these are the most comfortable. I can wear them at work all day long and my feet don't hurt. Everyone complements me every time I wear them ." —Cathy A.

    Get them from Dr. Martens for $120 (available in sizes 5–11).

    18. Ballet flats, because on stressful days when you feel like you have to tip toe around your office, wearing these cute shoes is gonna help you feel balanced.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "The more that you wear these shoes, the comfier they get! I can walk around in them all day, and I get a ton of compliments on them. I usually feel frumpy wearing flats, but that's certainly not the case with these — I just ordered the beige color, and I might get the leopard print. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE SHOES!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $14.19 (available in sizes 5.5—11 and 34 colors).

    19. Heeled thongs sure to ~lift up~ your everyday dresses.

    Nasty Gal

    Get them on sale from Nasty Gal for $40.80 (originally $68, available in sizes 5–10 and two colors).

    20. Block-heel sandals clearly designed to be a sundress' best friend.

    J. Crew Factory

    Promising review: "I got these because I sprained my ankle a while back and prefer no to wear high heels anymore. These are so comfy and cute, I could wear them all day!" —teresap

    Get them from J.Crew Factory for $32+ (available in sizes 5–12 and two colors).

    21. Rhinestone pointed slip-on mules sure to make you look like a real gem.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These mules are one of the best I have purchased at a good price. They are so beautiful. They are comfortable, and I can wear them for 8 hrs without any problem on my feet. I will use them in Paris. It feels you are just wearing house slippers. I bought another pair." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes 5.5—10.5 and three colors).

    22. Clogs for fashion-forward folks who ~wood~ love a statement shoe that's actually comfortable for, you know, walking.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these clogs. I wore them for 10 hours right out of the box with no issues whatsoever. They are cute, super comfy, and feel really good on your feet. The soles are pretty slip proof and the leather is pretty soft so no breaking in is required. Love them!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $79+ (available in sizes 5–10 and 13 colors).

    23. Everlane flats designed to mold to your feet as you wear them, so you can have a cute, casual shoe that's perfectly imprinted to your feet. Honestly? I'm pretty impressed.

    Model wearing the flats in black showing off the rounded toe
    Everlane

    Promising review: "I absolutely love the day gloves, and I have them in several colors. They are stylish and comfortable right out of the box. They're great for work. Fit is true to size." —ndog99

    Get them from Everlane for $105 (available in sizes 5–11 and in nine colors).

    24. Braided sandals that are actually water-resistant! So do your thing, funky feet. These'll be able to handle the hottest summer days, no sweat.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These sandals are incredibly comfortable! I was so relieved they fit well because I'm sometimes an 8.5 but there aren't half sizes, but these fit perfectly! I thought it was so funny reading their website and their warning says 'don't buy these sandals if you don't want compliments.' Well, the first day I wore my sandals I got tons of compliments and every time I thought of their warning. It's so true these are unique and brilliantly styled sandals. The quality is wonderful! I'm 100% satisfied and happy with these sandals! The customer service is also phenomenal!" —ShoreShank

    Get them from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 26 colors).

    25. Huarache sandals handmade in Mexico — What's that sound? Oh. It's your closet calling. Your wardrobe wants you to wear these. Stat.

    the ankle-strap woven shoes with black and white diamond pattern on the top
    Macarena Collection / Etsy

    Macarena Collection is a small biz in Buena Park, California. All of the shoes are handmade by Mexican artisans. And FYI, they suggest sizing down if you're in between sizes — the shoes will stretch and mold to your feet as you wear them.

    Promising review: "Can I give these 1,000 stars? They are soooooo comfortable!!! I was afraid because my feet are on the wider side, but oh my do they fit absolutely amazingly well!! Don’t hesitate to buy them!! I love them! I love them! I Love them!!" —Jennifer Baez

    Get them from Macarena Collection on Etsy for $39.99 (originally $49.99; available in sizes 5-10).

    26. A splurge-worthy high-heel pump, available in 10 different shades of nude, so you can wear a shoe that perfectly matches your skin tone. Each shoe is made with an insole that has two layers of memory foam padding for an extra dose of comfort.

    Kahmune / Via instagram.com

    This Black woman-owned brand is on a mission to create a nude color for every skin tone. After having to paint a pair of white heels to match her skin tone, founder Jamela A Acheampong wanted to start a company that celebrated the diversity of the human complexion and gave everyone the perfect "nude" shoe. The heels are ethically and sustainably handmade in Italy.

    Promising review: "My partner surprised me with these months after I mentioned them to him in passing. What a HOME RUN gift. They fit true to size (just a bit of room to allow for swelling while wearing heels), and they are THE MOST COMFORTABLE heels I’ve ever worn. Butter soft leather, beautiful construction, my exact skin tone, I could talk forever about these shoes. Plus, what a cool company! 10/10. I will be buying more for my next birthday!" —Ainsley

    Get them from Kahmune for $395+ (available in sizes 4-13 and in 10 shades in either matte or suede).

    27. Mules that are inexpensive and extra chic, for folks who like shoes that are as easy to slip into as a simple summer dress.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was so happy to find stylish shoes to fit my small feet! Size 5. That is not an easy feat these days. I love the shoes. When I first put them on, I did not think they were going to be comfortable. However, after I had worn them for just a short while, I realized they were actually very very comfortable. They are also not smooth on the bottom but have a sole that has slight ridges, and therefore not slippery, which you find with some flats. I purchased the brown, which is a really pretty color and goes well with so many styles. I will definitely be purchasing additional pairs in different colors." —Karen Hulshouser

    Get them from Amazon for $33.96+ (available in sizes 5–12 and six colors).

    28. Keds x Rifle Paper Co. shoes with a charming floral pattern and a double-padded sole design, meaning you're gonna be able to walk around all day wearing comfy shoes all your ~buds~ are gonna be jealous of.

    black slip-on sneaker-style shoe with floral print and white sole
    Rifle Paper Co.

    Promising review: "I stare at my feet all day long. They are so beautiful! They have great padding on the inside so they're comfortable standing in for long periods of time. They even have sweet details on the inside and back." —Kristin

    Get them from Keds for $69.95 (available in sizes 5–11 and in two colors).

    29. Memory foam slingback sandals — a modern design that'll actually give your feet orthopedic-level comfort. Go ahead, wear your favorite Disney dress to Magic Kingdom! These shoes will look darling and help you keep your impossible pace from photo op to photo op.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "My go-to all day sandal. Foam is comfortable for walking all day. The straps are thick and comfortable. Easy to put on and take off. You can wear them in water. And super crispy bright white. If they get dirty, you can use some soap and a toothbrush and boom — bright white again. I highly recommend them." —Tiara

    Get it from Amazon for $26.97+ (available in sizes 5–11 and four colors).

    30. Bangs canvas high-tops — an environmentally friendly pick for folks who spend juuust about every day in the great outdoors. Yes, even in dresses.

    Bangs

    This woman-founded company makes 100% vegan shoes. There is footbed and arch support in every shoe and a reinforced heel counter. Owner Hannah Davis works directly with a family-owned company to guarantee all products are made ethically and with respect to those working on them. The company is based in Austin, Texas.

    Promising review: "These have quickly become my go-to shoe for almost any day. I love wearing them with shorts casually but also with dresses. They are more comfortable than my gym shoes. So for sure my go-to hiking shoe! Not to mention they are so cute!! Plus, they're very well made. I highly recommend." —Sarah Petrie

    Get them from Bangs for $67 (available in sizes 5–14.5).

    31. Pointed-toe slip-ons perfect for the days when you're running late but still want to look put together. Just shove your feet in these and run out the door. With shoes this snazzy you can totally make your robe look like a bold wrap dress. No problem.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These mules are absolutely perfect! So stylish and comfy. It’s so hard not to wear them every single day. These are perfect for work and can be easily dressed up or down for going out after! A closet staple." —Kristen Rosas

    Get them from Amazon for $25.37+ (available in sizes 6-10 and in seven colors and patterns).

    32. Woven huarache sandals you can wear with everything you own. How do I know? Well, I own them.

    Nisolo

    I usually buy one pair of huaraches each summer and wear them EVERY day. This year I got this pair! I got them a few weeks ago (a pair for myself and a matching pair for my husband) and I'm a big fan! Once broken in they continue to feel sturdy and secure. I love wearing a shoe that looks light and summery, but also feels like my feet have real protection.

    Promising review: "I ordered my sandals for at home try on, and they shipped very fast even when I had to exchange for a different size. They are constructed beautifully. They seem delicate but are well made and I feel comfortable walking around in them all day for work." —Neely G.

    Get it from Nisolo for $120 (available in sizes 5–11 and in seven colors).

    33. Ankle strap heels you can throw on the day of your wedding and keep saying "I do...love these shoes" the rest of your life.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are absolutely wonderful! AMAZING! The sole has a little cushion to support the foot. I absolutely LOVE them and have been wearing them all day at the office with no trouble at all! No break in time needed!" —Leidy Perez–Davis

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and nine colors).

    34. Caged block heels for adding a spunky, punk touch to your dainty floral-covered dresses.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "I haven't seen any like these anywhere! They are unique and that's what I look for in shoes!" —Mary

    Get them from Forever 21 for $34.99 (available in sizes 5.5–10 and two colors).

    35. Flexible sandals that'll feel toe-tally comfortable right out of the box.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "GET THESE SHOES. The leather is super comfortable and they've lasted me all summer: from walking around Portland to trekking through sand at the beach. I didn't even have to break them in, they never cut into my feet at all! I'm going to get them in two other colors because they are that dang great. 10/10 would recommend." —Cate

    Get them from Amazon for $11.49+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 13 colors).

    36. Wedges sure to be your go-to shoe all summer long. Even if you have so many shoes you find yourself wedging these into a frighteningly cluttered closet, you're gonna find yourself choosing these again and again. Your other shoes simply don't stand a chance.

    Sand colored wedges with round detail that attaches the straps
    Lilly Pulitzer

    Promising review: "These are just the right heel height, true to size, and really pretty. I love these sandals." —Victoria

    Get them from Lilly Pulitzer for $148 (available in sizes 6–10).

    37. A fashion-savvy flat for people whose dogs are always a-barkin' after a day in flats. With these, you'll forget you even have "dogs" at all.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a hard to fit foot and am very picky about comfort. I wanted an inexpensive pair of black flats but didn't want them to kill my feet. These are perfect! My foot is pretty narrow, so flats sometimes don't fit or slip off easily – not these! I also didn't need to break them in at all – they were comfortable immediately. I highly recommend these if you are looking for a pair of inexpensive flats." —Michelle

    Get them from Amazon for $27.99 (available in sizes 6–10 and 11 colors).

    38. Chucks for anyone who will be forever faithful to this classic brand. Wear these with a date night dress and your date will get your vibe the moment they see you.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "My whole life I never bought into the whole Converse thing and was never attracted to the style. Finally, I was looking for a slip on of this style and decided to jump on the bandwagon. OH MY GOD. I LOOOVVEEE these chucks. I love the slip-on nature and they're so cute with everything I wear. I can wear this shoe every single day all day (and I'm a hair stylist/on my feet up to ten hours a day). I absolutely recommend them. I've posted this review almost a full year after purchase and this is my current opinion on them!" —RDalletto

    Get them from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and five colors).

    39. Strappy flats you can actually pull on, making it easy to have a strappy look without the hassle of regular laces.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm actually really surprised by how much I love these shoes. I ordered a nine (which I normally wear) and was pleased that they fit. I wore them the first time expecting some pain in breaking them in but there was none! They are very comfortable, the elastic straps don't dig into my skin, and they stay on my feet as I walk (and even run!). I've gotten so many compliments on them as well. The top did crease but that's because I like to stand on my toes a lot. I've worn them a lot since I've gotten them in sunny and rainy weather and they've held up beautifully. I'm seriously considering buying them in a different color at this point!" —Raven M.

    Get them from Amazon for $14+ (available in four colors and sizes 6–11).

    40. Platform sandals that'll be perfect in the summer aaaand come fall they'll be all, "Hey! Throw some socks on with us! We're year-round footwear!" and they're so cute you'll have to agree.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are my favorite shoes I've ever owned. They're super comfortable and easy to break in. I've had two pairs. They sell out quick, but I'll buy another pair when they're back in stock in my size for sure!" —Bryanna

    Get them from Amazon for $33+ (available in five colors and sizes 5.5–11).

    41. Ankle strap ballet flats sure to make you feel ~on point~ but, like, the painless kind.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are super cute and comfy. I bought the black ones for work where I'm on my feet for10–13 hours. These are not slip resistant but they are soo comfortable. They feel like a second skin when on and need no time to break in." —Tara

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and three colors).

    42. And leather mules cooked up with such perfection I can guarantee these'll improve your entire wardrobe by a mighty percent.

     model wearing the mules in black. They completely cover the toes and the top of the foot and they have an exposed ankle and small natural wood heel.
    Nisolo

    Promising review: "I love my new pair! I wore it twice since my purchase and it’s very comfortable and easy to break in. The quality is great and good value for money." —Jamirose F.

    Get them from Nisolo for $145 (originally $170; available in sizes 6–10 and three colors).

    When you find the perfect shoes for your favorite summer dresses:

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    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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