March 20 may be the official first day of spring, but we think the season starts with an inaugural pedicure followed by slipping into a pair of sandals. As the temps rise, these five sandal styles—gladiator, slipper, woven, Birkenstock-esque and embellished—are your ticket to foot freedom. Prepare to meet your new favourite flats.
While this style may remind you of cozy house slippers, it is surprisingly versatile—and not so surprisingly, comfortable. For work, wear them with tailored trousers (a slim fit is crucial for dispelling the pajama vibe). Walk them into an evening look with a relaxed cocktail dress. Steer clear of anything tight and short; look for a dress with a more bohemian sensibility.
Luma slip-on sandals, $70, aldoshoes.com.
The champion of sandals
They're baaccck! After seasons on the do-not-wear list, gladiator sandals are bigger than ever. Offered in many styles, from fringed and bohemian to classic and warrior-like, we prefer the simple and strappy version best.
Black leather cage strap sandals, $160, zara.com.
The not-so-ugly shoe
2014's most popular sandals style is still having a fashion moment. A little less chunky this year, shapes remain heavily inspired by the homely Birkenstock. Found in every colour, print and material, your feet will be happy (a.k.a., comfy) and on trend.
Floral sandals, $24, joefresh.com.
Embellishments, feather details and fringe made an impact on the spring 2015 catwalks. These sandals are anything but boring and can be dressy enough to wear with an evening look—heels need not apply.
Nine West Zirysa feather detailed sandals, $100, thebay.com.
From bags to shoes, woven details are making a splash this spring. Whether they're crafted with natural-hue leather or made more modern with metallic finishes, this look is a game changer for single-band sandals.
Lemonia Isapera sandal, $165, revolveclothing.com.
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