10 types of summer shoes you’ll want to have in your closet

This blog covers summer shoe types and which are popular this year. Read ahead for fun choices to look stylish all summer long.

wall of summer shoes types, mostly brown leather sandals.
Photo by Adam Jang

“Women buy shoes just so other women can’t have them.”

                                                                 –My dad

It’s not untrue. Most women love shoes, some beyond measure.

Don’t believe me? 

Head to the shoe section during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. It’s an adult female version of Lord of the Flies. 

Or go look in your closet and count how many pairs of black shoes you own. I’m certain whatever the number, you’re thinking; “I really need a black sandal, or heel or ballet flat.”

Summer shoes

Summer are no exception to this wanting them all rule. We all search for that perfect pair of sandals for a summer BBQ, heels to go with a dress for a wedding or cool flip-flops for running errands in the heat of the summer.

Summer shoes and all the various types of them, can make or break your outfit. They add so much to a simple t-shirt and shorts and can push that pretty summer dress over the top. It’s an easy way to change up your look, elevate your style, or add a pop of color to your outfit. 

Summer shoe trends for 2022

There are some hot spring/summer shoe trends happening but remember you don’t need to hop on all (or any) of the trends. Just the ones you like, work for your lifestyle, budget, and physical ability. 

My feet are sort of banged up after years of heels all day long and out at night. I now opt for comfort, but thanks to Covid I’m not the only one demanding comfort and style in my shoes. They can co-exist as you can see by my selection of summer shoes.

Comfort sandals are a big trend for 2022. As are slides. there are flat causal slides, platform wedge style slides, slides with heels for a dressier look. Lots of variation on this trend.

Fisherman sandals, jelly sandals, huarache and anything raffia are big this year. There are plenty of options and something to suit everyone. Big bold color is a trend that’s been going strong all year thanks to dopamine dressing and it’s noticeable in summer shoes as well.

What are the different types of summer shoes?

There are loads. Here is a partial list:

  • Flip-flops
  • Flats
  • Slides (dressy, casual, and sporty)
  • Flat sandals
  • Sandals with heels
  • Platform (not my favorite style, but in the wedge style, I’m a fan)

I could go on, but I’d rather show you some of my favorite summer shoe types. So here you go, summer 2022 shoes.

My top picks for summer shoes

Let me know in the comments below, which pair are your favorite. There is no way I could pick one, but if forced to, I think it would be the green suede flip flops. They are simple but sophisticated and I’d wear them every day.

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