Some Summer Heels to Add to Your Wardrobe Now

Summer heels are a tricky part of every wardrobe. Finding a shoe that is an appropriately comfortable height, has enough breathability, and pairs nicely with all of your warm weather ensembles is no easy feat (pardon the pun).

But don’t worry—we searched high and low to source the cream of this summer’s footwear crop, so you can put your best foot forward. And while heeled sandals are certainly a summer mainstay, they’re not the only style appropriate for the sweltering temperatures—there are plenty of easy, breezy pumps you’ll want to keep on rotation all the way through fall (great news for all the ladies out there who have office dress codes that bar open-toed shoes). If you’re looking to spice up your summer wardrobe and add a little pep to your step, there’s something for you here.

1 Kate Spade Piedra Heels

We bet you have a pair of black sandals in your closet already—but not a pair like this! Bright rickrack trim will add a fun pop of color without overwhelming the rest of your outfit. A short, chunky heel ensures you can dance the night away, too.

To buy: $250;


2 Ann Taylor Carson Tassel Suede Pumps

Jewelry isn’t the only place we’re seeing the tassel trend this summer—it’s popping up on footwear too, putting the “fun” in even the most functional pair of pumps. Pop these into your work-week rotation—your feet will thank you (they have an ultra padded foot bed for maximum comfort!). Also available in black and grey.

To buy: $80;

3 Target x Who What Wear Ally Printed Pumps

Gingham is the biggest print of the season, but in large doses it can be a little overwhelming. Why not try it south of your ankles instead? These statement heels will dress up a monochromatic outfit, and go well with distressed jeans and a white tee.

To buy: $35;

4 Badgley Mischka Lizbeth Ankle Strap Pump

A crystal-encrusted ankle strap adds a little glam to your look without being overly obvious. The pointy toe is a classic shape, so consider these shoes an investment piece—you’ll be wearing them to weddings and other events for years to come. Also available in red.

To buy: $110;

5 Cole Haan Gabby Sandal

Elvis must have been on to something when he sang about blue suede shoes—this pair is as eye-catching as it is versatile. Crisscross straps give these sandals an of-the-moment feel without being too trendy, and the light blue hue works surprisingly well as a neutral. Also available in black and mocha.

To buy: $100;

6 Aldo Lolla Heels

Stacked block heels allow for maximum comfort while walking, because they create a wider base for your heel than a standard stiletto. These simple sandals are perfect for everyday wear and can be easily dressed up for a summer wedding. Also available in black, gold, and white.

To buy: $70;


7 White House Black Market Chambray Cork Heels

Two trends in one (chambray and cork) make looking put-together a snap. This pair is guaranteed to be lightweight, thanks to the cork heel, and, just like your jeans, the chambray will match everything in your closet.