The Skinny on Sandals: From the Catwalk to Your Closet


From the catwalk to your closet, here’s how to wear Fashion Week’s four trendiest sandal styles.

What it is: flat or heeled sandals with multiple straps running up the ankle or calf.
Where we saw it: Derek Lam, Richard Chai, Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Zoe, Tracy Reese
How to wear it: Pair with a thigh-grazing smock dress if heeled or denim cutoffs if flat.
Pictured: Derek Lam, Richard Chai
Shop: Tory Burch “Reggie” gladiator city sandals, available at Bergdorf Goodman for $295

The “Birkenstock Resurgence”
What it is: sandals styled after the classic Birkenstock shoe; its design is often bulky with a thick, comfortable bottom or flatform style wedge.
Where we saw it: Edun, Antonio Marras, Helmut Lang, Celine, Marc Jacobs
How to wear it: To be worn casually, with cropped skinny jeans, shorts, or a loose sundress.
Pictured: Edun, Antonio Marras
Shop: Printed leather crossover sandals, available at Zara for $99.90

Color-Blocked and Graphic
What it is: sandals that make a statement with interesting cuts, bold colors, and dynamic details.
Where we saw it: Fendi, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Tommy Hilfiger, John Galliano
How to wear it: With a fierce dress.
Pictured: Fendi, Alexander McQueen
Shop: Aldo perforated buckle heeled sandals, available at for $171.49

What it is: backless slip-on style shoe, most recently designed with a peep-toe and heel.
Where we saw it: Tibi, Giambattista Valli, Victoria Beckham, Sportmax, 3.1 Phillip Lim
How to wear it: Extremely versatile, mules can be worn with almost anything, replacing basic pumps this spring and summer.
Pictured: Tibi, Giambattista Valli
Shop: Por La Victoire “Eva” mules, available at for $250