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Flat Sandals for Every Occasion—Because Who Needs Heels?

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Beach

Slides on as quickly as flip-flops do, but packs way more polish.
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Beach

Neon's easy to find in the sand (or the pile of sandals by the pool.)


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Beach

The extra lacing-up time may very well be worth it: that rope just feels so on-point for a glamorous beach day.
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Beach

The best barely-there flip-flop, so you can make your beach look about your sundress and printed bikini and not have any other distractions.


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They'll actually look better broken in by sun and saltwater.


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If you're going from the beach to dinner, bring these. The plastic doesn't need any drying time, saving you from sitting in an air-conditioned restaurant with wet feet.


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Work

Mules have a '90s minimalism vibe to them, and while they're still sandals, they feel like more of a substantial shoe and more appropriate for the office.


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Same goes for these–and they have a pretty ankle tie detail.
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Work

These ones are like a work of art; nothing about them feels too casual. Pair them with a black shift dress and a black handbag and your outfit's done.
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Work

On the more pared-down side, look for sandals that are made of fancier material, like these silky ones. They seem more formal than leather.


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Work

Delicate, criss-crossing straps can feel so ladylike and elegant when there are only a few of them, like here. They almost have a ballerina feel, and they'd look great with a girly sundress.


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Work

Metallic touches make basic sandals feel more refined.
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Work

That animal print dresses them up just a touch, giving them a bit more sophistication.


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Work

If you can wear colored sandals to work, not just neutrals, reach for something like this: bright but stylized, not just a flip-flop afterthought.


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Off-Duty

Espadrilles have the happiest "hey, it's the weekend!" vibe.


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If you're gonna do the gladiator thing, might as well embrace it with arms wide open.
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They'll make a little white sundress so much more exciting.
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Show off your pedicure while running errands. (These feel more like a flat, so you'll be comfortable for miles of walking.)


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Add a quick flash of neon to an otherwise neutral outfit.
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For when you want something barely there, but slightly more refined than the flip-flop.


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And then sometimes you just want a flip-flop.
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Evening

They'll make dancing a breeze, and while they may be expensive, you'll probably never have to resole them like you would a pair of designer stilettos. (Over and over.)
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Pair them with a swingy mini dress. Kate Moss would approve.
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Sometimes you need a flat sandal to balance out a borderline too-short dress that'd be too much with sky-high heels.
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Perfectly embellished, in a glamorous rock 'n' roll sort of way.


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Pair them with a Grecian cocktail dress.


Digital Fashion Writer

Unless you're one of those people who doesn't like your feet, you like sandals. (And if not, I'd like to know know why, because sandals are easy, comfy and ideal for showing off cool nail polish colors. I love them.) They're great for every occasion—work, weekend, beach, parties—with only one catch: it's hard to find a single pair that's right for all of them.

So just in time for warm weather dressing, I've sorted it out for you, with a handful of sandals that work best for each situation. Not liking your feet would be your only reason for not buying a pair, because whether they're formal enough to wear to the office or waterproof enough for the beach, these sandals are kind of awesome.

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