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The chicest pairs of closed-toe sandals to shop this summer

Give your sandal collection a seriously stylish update...

Assortment of closed-toe sandals
Orin Carlin
Content Writer
Updated: March 15, 2024
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Quelle horreur! You've somehow catastrophically misjudged your need for a pedicure and now anything open-toed is completely out of the question.

There's absolutely nothing worse than being caught short with toes NSFPV (Not Suitable For Public Viewing – you heard it here first), but luckily there is a solution in the form of one particular footwear trend.

Closed-toe sandals present a chic alternative to styles that more overtly scream "summer". Granted, padded flip flops and monogram slides are great for beside the pool, but they sadly leave a lot to be desired, practicality-wise. 

If you've learned this the hard way (e.g. by misjudging quite how much walking is involved in a "walking tour"), our heart goes out to you. 

How we chose:

  • Style and variety: We've scoured the internet's top fashion sites for the chicest pairs of closed-toe sandals, While they vary in design, from timeless espadrilles to luxe, leather Fisherman designs, these pairs are united by the fact that they will protect your toes and stylishly mask the absence of a pedicure
  • Price: Whether you're planning on splashing out or bagging a bargain, we've got a pair of closed-toe sandals in your price range. We've selected this season's best, ranging from affordable-luxe brands to designer labels if you're looking to invest.  

Hello! Fashion shares the best closed-toe sandals to shop this season:

  • Best Closed-Toe Sandals

    Fringe Detail Flat Espadrilles

    Fringe Detail Flat Espadrilles

    Crafted from...

    Raffia and leather. 

    Wear with...

    Paperbag shorts and an oversized linen shirt.

    Playful and punchy, these raffia Boden flats are utterly joy-inducing. The fringing adds an interesting textural element, and the bright shade leans into one of the hottest colour trends of the moment. 

  • Everlane raffia mules

    The Day Mule

    Crafted from...

    Nappa leather.

    Wear with...

    A puff-sleeve linen midi dress.

    For fans of quiet elegance, these slip-on mules by mid-priced luxury label Everlane will hit the spot. The square toe shape feels refined and sophisticated, and the textured upper adds an element of interest.

  • Mango mesh sandals

    Ballerinas With Mesh Bracelet

    Crafted from...

    A polyester-polyurethane blend.

    Wear with...

    Airy wide-leg trousers and a racer back tank top. 

    These mesh flats by Mango have a beautifully luxe feel. The silhouette is timeless and the inclusion of the fine ankle strap feels especially graceful. The mesh taps into one of the biggest footwear trends of the moment, and the semi-sheer effect is really pretty.

  • Ulla Johnson tan closed-toe sandals

    Violette Studded Leather Point-Toe Flats

    Ulla Johnson

    Crafted from...

    Lamb leather.

    Wear with...

    A cream tailored playsuit and a wide-brimmed sunhat. 

    These caged leather flats by Ulla Johnson feel extremely versatile, owing to the timeless neutral colourway. The pointed toe gives the design a slightly dressy feel, and the addition of gold-tone studs on the upper would tie in beautifully with a snake chain anklet.

  • Cream Fisherman Sandals

    Ernest Leather Fisherman Sandals

    Emme Parsons

    Crafted from...

    Lambskin and calfskin.

    Wear with...

    A blue and white pinstripe shirt and matching boxer shorts.

    Chic and functional in equal parts, these Fisherman sandals by "American coastal" brand Emme Parsons dispel the notion that practical sandals need compromise on style. The cream leather upper looks super luxe, and I love the subtle gold hardware in the buckle fastening. 

  • JW Anderson raffia mules

    Leather-Trimmed Raffia Mules

    JW Anderson

    Crafted from...

    Raffia and brown leather.

    Wear with...

    Baggy linen trousers, a bandeau top and a sporty cap.

    This loafer-mule hybrid design by JW Anderson feels quirky and fashion-forward. Since the renaissance of Birkenstock's Boston clogs among the fashion set, we're going outré with our summer footwear choices. This raffia pair has a certain offbeat appeal, but feels ultimately super wearable on account of the neutral colourway. 

  • Tory Burch burgundy leather slip-on flats

    Pierced Mule

    Crafted from...

    Leather and brass.

    Wear with...

    A boxy white tee and a dark satin midi skirt.

    I've unexpectedly fallen hard for these Tory Burch flats - and it's not hard to see why. They actually prompted a little internal debate as to what actually constitutes a sandal (the internet is helpfully inconclusive), but they make the cut on account of the fact that they are mostly open, warm-weather-appropriate and categorically chic. Smart and sleek, I love the 'pierced' hardware detailing.

  • Gold caged Fisherman sandals

    Lynn Caged Leather Sandal

    Gabriela Hearst

    Crafted from...

    Lambskin leather.

    Wear with...

    A crochet halter dress and shell charm necklace.

    Chic Fisherman sandals are a resounding Gabriela Heart summer classic, and 2024 is no exception. Steeped in Midas energy, this pair feels brassy and standout, but would also ultimately make for a prudent addition to your holiday packing list.

  • Castaner pink heeled espadrilles

    Chiara 80 Canvas Wedge Espadrilles


    Crafted from...

    Canvas and jute.

    Wear with...

    A punchy, tropical print (I'm thinking Farm Rio). 

    Artisan-advocate Spanish label Castañer is known for its timeless espadrilles, spotted on celebrities and royals alike. The canvas ties allow for a bespoke fit, and I've worn my own pair for hours on end without any discomfort. Inject your holiday wardrobe with a splash of colour with this neon pink colourway and pair alongside a bold print.

Why you should trust me:

Orin Carlin is Hello! Fashion’s SEO Content Writer. Promising to leave no stone unturned in the name of fashion and beauty journalism, she is the proud creator of our ‘Try The Trend’ series. With a particular interest in formula innovation, microtrends, royal and bridal beauty, perfume, rituals, treatments, fashion history and vintage icons, she can either be found interviewing major industry names (previous subjects include Georgia May Jagger, Mary Greenwell and Sam McKnight) or scouring the internet for must-have pieces. It's not just a job; it's a personal quest to unearth noteworthy pieces that resonate with style and beauty enthusiasts.

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