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Slip on these strappy sandals to flaunt the Rihanna-approved summer trend

If we take the latest Jacquemus show as a barometer of what everyone will soon be wearing (as we should), it will tell you two words: strappy sandals.

We’re talking about the lace-up sort, the shoes with skinny straps that snake around your ankles and end right below the hem of your printed midi dress.

It’s easy to see why Jacquemus favours them — they’re flirty and carefree. Or, in other words, summer-ready. And that’s probably why Rihanna has just dropped several styles for her first Fenty shoe collaboration with Amina Muaddi.

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Jacquemus Spring/Summer 2021 (Photo credit: Jacquemus)

The best part is that the strappy sandals trend does not discriminate. Whether you’re into kitten heels or flats, there’s a pair for everyone to slip on for their next trip to the beach, or wherever else they may find themselves on vacation. And, because of their slim straps, the barely-there shoes also let you be adventurous when it comes to colour. It goes without saying that white, blue and sunny shades are all great for the months ahead.

Cult Gaia and Malone Souliers are just some of the many brands that have offered their take of the shoe of the season. Below, we’ve compiled the best picks.


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Sunflower fields forever is what the ochre shade on these Loq strappy sandals say. The shoes are also noteworthy for their low, circular block heels and braided ties. With their sunny hue, they’ll stand out best when paired with cropped jeans.

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From its solid block heel to its square toe, the lines on these Porte & Paire sandals are carefully considered. That’s especially true of the slim leather straps, which form a lattice that keeps the shoe from slipping when worn. You might find yourself wearing the comfy pair often, too, seeing as they go with summer dresses and casual pants alike.

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Here’s a pair for the parties. Aeyde made these shoes with a towering block heel for the occasion. Their sleek black leather straps criss-cross elegantly around the toes, before emerging again around the ankles for you to tie up the loose ends. Just make sure you show them off with the right mini dress.

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“Soleil” is French for sun, which is what these Cult Gaia sandals will see if you’re looking to turn heads. It boasts sculptural, bamboo-effect heels that won’t look out of place at a tropical setting. Its leather straps, which loop all along the shoe, also come in an ivory hue that will nicely contrast with your tan.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is no end to the variety of strappy sandals offered at Ancient Greek Sandals, but it’s this pair that stands out. It comes in a vibrant orange shade, though that’s not they’re only selling point. They’re also made with a soft nappa leather insole that will be comforting even after a day of wearing them out.

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These Studio Amelia leather sandals come with ties long enough for you to lace up well past your ankles, which is great if it’s a tank-top-and-skirt kind of day. Another interesting detail is the toe loop (how nostalgic), which will keep your feet secure in these barely-there flats sandals.

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The adjustable straps on these Malone Souliers heels come in an electric blue that is made to pop, especially if you’re wearing a white dress or shirt. Made in Italy with nappa leather, these heels a stylish footwear option for showing off your new pedicure.

(Photo credit: Malone Souliers)

Slip on these strappy sandals to flaunt the Rihanna-approved summer trend

Pameyla Cambe

Senior Writer

Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.

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