If you’re in the market for new shoes, it won’t be long before you come across a pair or two of strappy sandals. In its many iterations, it’s one of the most popular, classic, and wearable styles out there. There’s a strappy shoe for everything, whether you’re wearing a dress to a special event or strolling on the boardwalk in a pair of shorts.
There are many answers to the question of how to wear strappy sandals. Here, we take some style inspo from Instagram to help you look your best in these must-have shoes of summer.
How to Wear Strappy Sandals
1. A little contrast
As @monicaguiluz shows, it’s genius to wear a brightly colored shoe. The beauty of this look is that the sinewy straps create some balance against the vibrant shade. And, pairing them with a flirty black dress is the perfect finishing touch.
2. Casually cool
Some looks just scream summer, as @kirana.boutique shows in a pair of denim cutoffs, a breezy blush top, and a pair of brown strappy sandals. The effect is naturally pretty, thanks to the blend of down-to-earth hues. A pair of statement earrings adds a shot of fun to her look.
3. Modern suit vibes
It’s the cut of this suit that first captures our attention. The cropped, wide-leg pants are oh-so-contemporary, while the lean overcoat and sharp black top bring it all together beautifully. And the perfect finishing touch for this outfit by @thegreyedit? Black strappy sandals of course.
4. The ultimate casual
It doesn’t seem like long ago that our mothers were dressing us up in gingham frocks and cute shoes and sending us out to play in the backyard. Consider this the all-grown-up version of that nostalgic look. A ruffled dress paired with flat, incredibly comfortable strappy espadrilles is everything you need to stay cool this summer. Thanks, @millennial_not.
5. Maximum comfort
Some outfits are destined to be favorites for a lifetime. It’s safe to say that’s the case with this pretty look shown by @boxandpleats. On even the hottest days of the year, the maxi, paired with metallic strappy sandals, is the perfect way to stay cool.
6. Keep it simple
Nonchalantly elegant and completely pulled together, @victorine.vien shows how to make even a classic pair of jeans and a simple white tee look stylish. The addition of nude strappy heels elevates this look and lends it a polished finish. Love!
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.