9 Sandals to Wear This Summer

Socks optional.

By Zoe Sayler

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Are you team socks-and-sandals?

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When Seattle sees its first 60-degree temperatures of the year, the question is not whether locals will break out their sandals—but whether the socks will stay on with them. We're not totally opposed to the stereotypically PNW pairing. But these shoes stand on their own.

Intentionally Blank Hijinx Sandal, Re-Soul Local


Find an independent shoe store in Seattle and we'll show you a treasure trove of Intentionally Blank shoes—the small-but-mighty Los Angeles–based footwear brand has become something of a local favorite. It's easy to see why: Even a simple black sandal feels, well, intentional in croc-embossed leather with a lightweight, scalloped sole.

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Camper Kaah Sandal, Sole Food Local


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Spain-based Camper makes shoes designed for both fun and function, meaning these cotton-candy-pink buckle sandals are as comfy and lightweight as they are adorable. Bonus: An ultra-chunky heel follows this year's wedge trend with some built-in plausible deniability once the silhouette plays itself out. 

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Vegan Blaire Women’s Felix Gladiator Sandals, Dr. Martens


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Don't let a little sunshine—or a little veganism—get between you and your Docs. Seattle's anti-obsession also comes in beautifully bulky warm-weather footwear that'll carry you from boot season to boot season.

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Pacific Scrunchie Strap Slides, J.Crew


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We're seeing scrunchie-esque slides everywhere this season; J.Crew keeps the trend chic and simple with a low (but not too flat) footbed and a neutral, caramel colorway.

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Del Carlo Clog Sandal, A Mano Local


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Somewhere between a clog and a saltwater sandal lies the ideal vacation shoe: dressy enough for an evening out, casual enough to wear with denim shorts, and classic enough to toss into your suitcase at the first sign of spring for years to come.

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Teva Original Universal Sandals, REI Local


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Long summer walks and Lake Union kayak trips call for waterproof, adventure-ready footwear, so we don't begrudge the Pacific Northwest its Tevas. Colorblock makes these comfy low sandals feel a bit less granola.

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Circus by Sam Edelman Marlie Platform Sandal, Nordstrom Local


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Exaggerated, pillowy sandals are in this season, and Circus by Sam Edelman's made a show of it with candy colors and a big chunky heel (that also makes for easier walking in a shoe that adds nearly four inches). Also available in neutrals, for those only interested in making one statement at a time. 

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Vagabond Eyra Fisherman Sandal, Pipe and Row Local


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Vagabond's our go-to for simple, fashionable footwear. Thankfully, local boutique Pipe and Row keeps the brand's latest well-stocked—a chunky platform sole and thick straps in a buttery cream leather elevate the fisherman sandal to suit your cutest spring and summer fits.

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Abi Blue Mist Heel, Frankie4


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Australian footwear brand Frankie4 alighted on Capitol Hill earlier this year with exactly what the aptly named neighborhood needed and deserved: comfortable shoes that don't sacrifice style. Strappy heels like this pair won't fit the company's custom-picked inserts like sneakers would, but still offer forefoot cushioning, arch support, and a blister-free heel cradle.

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