flat sandals
Shop: Flat Sandals for Spring.

Flat sandals usually get a bad rep, mostly because you assume they’ll be glorified Birkenstocks.

When it comes to great shoes, you know, the ones you love wearing and the ones you always get complimented on, you usually don’t assume it’s a pair of flats.

But in the spring and summer, when the weather is warm, and your feet are probably aching from the sweat and heat of the day, a pair of heels just feels like the worst decision ever. It’s hard to want to sacrifice your style for comfort, but that’s not the case this year. The season’s hottest shoes are flat sandals, so your feet will be thanking you (and so will your coworkers when you don’t have to take your heels off the minute you get to work and probably cause some awkward situations). Flat sandals usually get a bad rep, mostly because you assume they’ll be glorified Birkenstocks, which somehow came back in style, but that’s beside the point. Flats can be just as cool-girl as a pair of your favorite heels.

Here are 7 pairs of flat sandals that you should go for if you don’t want to sacrifice style for comfort.

Studded Gladiator Sandals (Zara, $59.90)

Studded Gladiator Sandals

Lace-ups have been huge for a while, and this sparkly take on it is refreshing and show-stopping at the same time. These with a simple swing dress is a perfect spring outfit.

Sam Edelman Dorsey Genuine Cow Hair Slingback Sandal (Nordstrom Rack, $99.97)

Sam Edelman Dorsey Genuine Cow Hair Slingback Sandal

This style of sandal is hit-or-miss, but with metallic cow hair and some bling, these sandals are definitely a hit. Throw on some boyfriend jeans and watch the compliments flood in.

Eyelet Detail Leather Sandals (& Other Stories, $120)

Eyelet Detail Leather Sandals

I’m really, really into grommets in places that they shouldn’t be, i.e., dresses and shoes. These add a hard edge to a soft blush sandal.

ASOS FLASH Wide Fit Embellished Flat Sandals (ASOS, $43)

ASOS FLASH Wide Fit Embellished Flat Sandals

While this is bright pink, it doesn’t feel obnoxious. Dark jeans with these sandals would make an awesome street-style inspired outfit.

Schutz Leila Ankle Wrap Sandals (Madison Los Angeles, $150)

Schutz Leila Ankle Wrap Sandals

Like I said before, lace-up sandals are pretty on-trend, and these take that trend and turn it on its head with embellished lace and zig-zag detail.

Flat Leather Sandals with Floral Detail (Zara, $89.90)

Flat Leather Sandals with Floral Detail

If you need a flat sandal for a summer wedding on the grass, these are perfect. They make a statement without being over-the-top, and the floral detail feels mature and refined.

Rebecca Minkoff Shay Sandal (Nordstrom Rack, $99.97)

Rebecca Minkoff Shay Sandal

I love these sandals, mostly because they feel more like shoes than sandals. They add a heaviness that sandals sometimes lack but don’t feel like they’ll make your feet sweaty.

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