Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and, arguably, the official start of sandal season. While you probably don’t want to overhaul your entire wardrobe every season, buying a few pairs of fun, high-quality shoes can completely update your look. In a sea of similarity, social media makes it easy for us to discover new brands and emerging designers to serve as unique sources of style inspiration. Photogenic, aesthetically pleasing and surprisingly affordable, read on for the shoe brands to know for the upcoming season.
Founded in 2016 by twin sisters, Valentina Bezuhanova and Sabina Gyosheva alongside their best friend Denise Bumbarova, products from this Bulgarian accessories brand continue to flood our Instagram feeds. With its minimalist, millennial aesthetic, By Far’s range of strappy sandals and geometric bags are consistently selling out, a sign that consumer demand shows no signs of slowing down. Frequently worn by prominent fashion influencers and fashion designers, the label’s square-toed sandals and boots are staples in any fashion-forward woman’s wardrobe. Due to their simple, clean lines in a variety of colors, from neutrals and animal prints to metallics and neons, these pieces are versatile and will pair perfectly with almost any summer outfit.
In one of the hottest prints of the season, shop these stylish snakeskin pumps to elevate your summer ensemble.
Update your go-to nude heel with this open-toe mule version. Pair it with your favorite jumpsuit or maxi dress for a simple and chic look that transitions smoothly from day to night.
Founded by Jasmin Larian Hekmat in 2012, the brand began as a line of handbags and is best known for its signature Ark bag. With its half-moon silhouette and bamboo construction, this accessory is all over Instagram and has helped the brand break into the fashion mainstream. Following the success of the Ark bag, Hekmat launched more basic handbags, including the circular “Luna” handbag and the equally Instagram-friendly ready-to-wear. After gaining a foothold in these two product categories, Cult Gaia created its first shoe collection in May 2018 in partnership with Net-a-Porter. Since this collaboration, fortunately, the brand has solidified its footwear offering and is now available at all retailers. With their stylish range of flats, mules and sandals, you’re sure to find at least one versatile pair that suits your personal style.
A relaxed take on the barely there sandal trend, this beige take on the perfect everyday summer shoe.
Sophisticated and versatile, shop these stylish slides for an effortless look.
In 2016, Icelandic designer Katrin Alda Rafnsdottir founded Kalda after graduating from London College of Fashion. With all of its products handcrafted in Portugal, the brand prides itself on its sustainability-focused ethos and distinctive design aesthetic. Arguably the best-known of its signature spiral heels, the contemporary shoe brand offers a modern twist on classic shoe styles. From boots to mules and sandals, explore Kalda’s various offerings to elevate your everyday look.
Brighten up your look with this versatile and on-trend slingback style. Wear with fitted Bermuda shorts and a silk button down blouse for an outfit suitable for almost any occasion.
For a subtle statement, add a touch of intrigue to your everyday uniform with these neutral spiral heel mules.
For a minimalist grip on the color block trend, shop these heeled sandals to refresh your casual summer party outfit.
Inspired by the Bauhaus movement, the footwear brand believes that function should not be sacrificed when wearing fashionable footwear. Since the brand’s inception in 2016, Neous has quickly consolidated its success in the contemporary shoe market. In the first season, the brand acquired five stockists, despite its limited styles. The following season, Neous began selling their products on Net-a-Porter and have been growing rapidly ever since. Designed for the “modern realist”, the brand prides itself on producing shoes that are built to last, creating designs that are durable and timeless.
From Neous’ iconic architectural heels to their sleek minimalist designs, it’s easy to see why the London-based label was nominated for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund this year. Check out some of their best styles for the season below to shop them before they’re gone.
Elevate your traditional mule with this sculptural heeled version to add intrigue to any outfit.
Refresh your collection of black sandals with these timeless slingbacks that are sure to look great this season and beyond.
It’s no secret that Asian shoe brands are taking the Western fashion world by storm, and Yuul Yie’s designs continue to dominate among fashion designers across the world. Founded in 2010 by Sunyuul Yie, the South Korea-based brand prides itself on unique designs and unexpected elegance. From her color-block mules to pearl-heeled boots, Yuul Yie’s distinct aesthetic is both on-trend and timeless, thoughtful, bold and undeniably chic.
Elevate any ensemble with these attention-grabbing shoe styles for the ultimate summer style statement.
For a versatile yet eye-catching shoe that offers extra height with maximum comfort, experiment with these black and white chunky heel pumps.
Add some shine to your everyday look and try two trends in one with these metallic heels.