The Best Summer Shoe Trends for 2021

Square-Toed Heels to 90's Sandals and More!
ASOS Crystal Embellished Heels

Hi, friends! Today, I’m sharing a round-up of the best summer shoe trends for 2021. Think square toe heels, white sneakers, and even Mach & Mach to Birkenstocks. This summer, brands are making it easier than ever to be well-heeled for the season. Plus, you don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy the trend. In fact, I highly recommend starting with a more attainable price point before diving headfirst into one of these trends. But more on that later!

Sezane Sneakers

Best Summer Shoe Trends

Summer is one of my favorite seasons. Bring on the dresses, shorts, wicker bags, and beyond. In the past, when it comes to accessories, summer shoes haven’t been a focus for me. In fact, my summer shoe collection is probably the smallest. After all, I tend to stick to the same styles – flip flops, sneakers, a classic heel, and a sandal here and there.

Thankfully, brands and designers have taken things up a notch in 2021. Everywhere I turn, I’m seeing new, innovate styles that capture my attention. Below, I’m sharing the top trends you need to know for summer 2021. Additionally, you’ll find a round-up of 50 summer shoes under $50 at the bottom of the post. Happy shopping!

Best Summer Shoe Trend #1: Square Toe Shoes

Frankly, the #1 summer shoe trend you need to konw? Square toe shoes. You’ll find them everywhere. One minute you’ll find a kitten heeled style followed by a braided flat sandal. Other days, strappy block heel wedges and even high heels. I LOVE this trend! My top pick of a style to start with? This neutral braided heel. Classic yet chic.

Good American Square Toe Heels

neutral sandals

Steve Madden Gracey Sandal

strappy sandals

Steve Madden Carmele Sandal

studded sandals

March Fisher Draya Sandals

braided heels

Best Summer Shoe Trend #2: White Sneakers

Sure, white sneakers have been around forever. In fact, I still have this pair, and they’re one of my most comfortable pairs of shoes. They’ll always be classic and cool. Thankfully, brands have so many great options for the season. Start with Veja, Adidas or Sézane. You won’t regret it (and neither will your bank account)!

Veja White Sneakers

Veja I

Adidas Nizza Platform Sneaker


Veja Womens Sneakers

Veja II

Nike Air Force One


Best Summer Shoe Trend #3: Mules

Oh, mules – how I love thee. Yes, yes – mules have been around for several seasons. However, companies are doing a great job of releasing more interesting patterns, prints, fabrics, etc. Out of all of the trends I’m featuring today, this is the one that I think is fully worth the investment. Mules aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

LK Bennett Polka Dot Mules

polka dot mules

Schutz Heidi Embellished Mules

natural mules

LK Bennett Pembrooke Mules

blue floral mules

Steve Madden Black Mules

black mules

Summer Shoe Trend #4: Statement Sandals

From statement wedges to studded flat sandals, 2021 is bringing the heat with all things statement sandals. In fact, I dare you to find a blogger who doesn’t own this style. Well, I don’t yet, but I’m sure that I’ll buy one soon. What statement sandals are you loving right now?

Steve Madden Embellished Sandals

crystal sandals

JW Anderson Chain Sandals

chain sandals

Arizona Love Pearl Embellished Sandal

pearl sandals

Good American Strappy Sandal

black sandals

Shoe Trend #5: Crystal Embellished Heels

Don’t underestimate the power of a sparkly heel. Furthermore, there’s one particular style of heel that’s taken over the market – a crystal heel. While this designer pair and this option both set the standard of the trend, many websites are offering more attainable price points (like this version).

Mach and Mach Pink Heels

pink heels

Mach and Mach Blue Heels

blue heels

Mach and Mach Silver Sandals

silver heels

Mach and Mach Hot Pink Heels

hot pink heels

Trend #6: 90’s Inspired Sandals

The 90’s are back in a big way. As someone who great up in the 90’s, I’m very familiar with the resurgence of the shoe trends – especially this brand. Funny enough, my mom warned me to keep my Birkenstocks since they’d probably come back one day. Sadly, I threw them out (and now they’re “trendy”). Sigh. Moms are always right. 🙂 Fortunately, every single brand under the sun seems to be selling some version of them. Transparently, I wasn’t planing on purchasing new ones, but I’ve been tempted by all the new colors! We’ll see!

Birkenstock Waterproof Sandals


Loeffler Randall Maisie Sandals

Loeffer Randall

Suicoke Depa CAB Sandals

Suicoke Deepa

Arizona Love Trekky Sandal

Arizona Love

YSL Ingenue Heels

In Closing

Lastly, I wanted to share a round-up of summer shoes under $50. Overall, I’m a big believer that trendy styles shouldn’t come at a big price. Therefore, instead of diving in headfirst to the most expensive options, test out the trend at a more attainable price. Also, what are some of your favorite best summer shoe trends?

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