Famous Flip Flops to Heels Minimalist Sandals

As you can see on this year’s catwalks, the fashion stratosphere has changed from the era of trendy pieces to truly wearable clothes and accessories—and we welcome this change with open arms. While the transformation has taken place from head to toe, we have a special affinity with the minimalist sandals that adorned the spring/summer 2023 catwalks this season.

For example, take a look at the recent collections of such fashion houses as Khaite, Saint Laurent and the Row. Her recent collections showed revived versions of traditional sandals with contemporary straps, luxurious accessories and sculptural silhouettes. Khaite, for example, has launched the Seneca Wedge sandal (more on that soon) as a sculptural alternative to traditional wedges that you may already have in your wardrobe. The Row also improved the traditional kitten heel with the T-strappy sandal: a feminine strappy shoe option that quickly won the hearts of our editors.

However, perhaps the best thing about all these minimalist sandals is that they transcend trends. You never have to worry about going out of fashion or looking outdated (we swear). The options we have compiled are easy to style thanks to their clear shapes and discreet colors. Whether you are looking for minimalist flip-flops or skin-tight pumps, you can be sure that the upcoming options will stand the test of time in your wardrobe.

The Best Minimalist Flip-flops: Saint Laurent Tower Leather Sandals

Made of 100% calfskin, the Saint Laurent tower leather sandals are a modern twist on the traditional flip-flop. The shoe features a classic thong strap and a slip-on silhouette. But for a modern, upscale feel, the sandals have crossed details on the upper and a square toe that give a polished finish to even the most casual summer looks.

While the Tower leather sandals from Saint Laurent are at the top of our wish list, the minimalist sandals at the bottom have also received the seal of approval from our editors. In particular, the row Avery leather thong sandals have a fashionable feel that we love and can be worn with denim cuts and a T-shirt for casual outings. If you are looking for a slightly more luxurious option, opt for the Gucci Blondie thong sandals, which still have a classic feel thanks to the brand’s iconic interlocking G logo on the upper.

The Best Minimalist Slides: Hermès Oran Sandals

Our love for Hermès sandals from Oran is unwavering and undeniable. The timeless slides of the French fashion house are loved by insiders (including the co-founder of the editorial staff Stefania Allen) for their versatility-you can combine them with anything, from jeans and a boutonniere to a flowing maxi dress. If you are new to the beloved sandal, stick to the classic shades: gold or black. If you are expanding your Orange collection, we have the Raw sapphire variant in mind.

If Hermès sandals exceed your budget, the ancient Greek demsos cut leather sandals offer an equally high look without the high price. For an alternative with contrast stitching, similar to Hermès, we recommend the leather strap sandals with Tod’s logo in black and brown tones.

The Best Minimalist Wedge Sandals: Khaite Seneca Wedge Sandals

Khaite’s Seneca wedge heel quickly caught our attention as he walked down the brand’s spring/summer 2023 catwalk. At first glance, we were impressed by its sculptural but wearable feel—any kind of abstraction of the heel of a shoe can make it more difficult to get from A to B, so it’s a rare achievement worth being welcomed. In addition, the sandal remains in harmony with the restrained aesthetics of the brand, with minimalist colors and subtle gold fittings that are representative of Catherine Holstein’s touch.

A pair of wedges can be a convenient alternative to stilettos, which can be worn (and danced) all night. While Khaite’s version has a KITTEN heel, the Bottega Veneta and Jimmy Choo versions of the sculptural wedge heel offer a little more height for more formal occasions. To give the shoe the attention it deserves, we recommend combining the sandal with mini clothes: recommended dresses, skirts and shorts.

The Best Minimalist Sandals: Row Leather Strappy Sandals

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are known for their restrained luxury ensembles, which is why it’s no surprise that their fashion house the Row is full of stylish shoes that will stand the test of time. As a refreshing step forward from the bare sandal, which has fascinated our private customers for several seasons, the 80 mm leather strap sandals first appeared this spring and have since become a must-have shoe for day and night ensembles. The open T-strap upper offers a delicate feel that can be worn from jeans to dresses, while the square shape and eye-catching heel add a state-of-the-art touch.

In second place is Toteme’s recent addition to his shoe collection—the citysandale-a minimalist sandal that we are considering for the summer of 2023. If you love the strappy look as much as we do, the leather sandals by Jil Sander or the linden thong sandals by Khaite offer a similar feminine feeling that is worn every day.

The Best Minimalist Fishing Sandals: Gabriela Hearst Lynn Leather Fishing Sandals

If you are intimidated by fishing sandals, we are here to calm your nerves. While the style feels like a statement, our editors and stylists agree that by opting for a soothing color scheme—most likely white or black—the extra strappy silhouette can add depth to an ensemble without feeling overbearing. Gabriela Hearst’s version of the waterfront-inspired shoe made it onto the fashion house’s catwalk in spring/summer 2023, paired with lightweight knitwear that made us dream of our next boat trip. For those who loved chanel’s grandpa sandals, this is the next iteration.

You can’t go wrong with your choice of fishing sandals—we guarantee that. Versions of the style of Marni and the Row make a more statement, while the options of A. Emery and Emme Parson are a little more restrained.

The Best Minimalist Sandals with Back Strap: Proenza Schouler Sheepskin Thong Sandals With Back Strap

Sandals with a back strap are the secret weapon that can be found in many well-heeled women’s wardrobes with heels, thanks to their versatility and a variety of style options. The simple sandal by Proenza Schouler is our choice to get the best for your money. They have a 2.5-inch heel for just the right height and a padded sole for added comfort, so you can wear them anywhere, from the office to the appointment.

Logo lovers may have a similar feeling to Proenza Schouler pumps from Chanel, Manolo Blank or Prada—all of them have a calm luxury feeling with their subtle branding.

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