From Roman Holiday-inspired lace-up sandals to Jackie O.’s all-American T-strap thongs, some Summer soles have proven timeless and indispensable. So, what exactly makes the classic Summer sandal so classic? Each iteration has maintained a no-fleeting trend and no-flashy design policy. In fact, the key to each sandal’s longevity and relevance can be pinpointed back to its silhouette’s sleek, simple, and beach-friendly blueprint. Whether you prefer an ankle-strap detail or the quintessential jute-sole bottom, it’s safe to say these Summer sandal options aren’t going anywhere. Read up on why these shoes have stood the test of time, then shop a pair to add to your wardrobe.
— Additional reporting by Samantha Sutton