Sandal season is finally here at last, which is great news for anyone who can't stand having to wear socks and/or loves having an excuse to get pedicures. There's just something about trading socks and supportive soles for open toes and flirty straps that makes you feel so carefree (maybe because it's the closest we can get to being barefoot in respectable society?). Whatever the reason, you really can't have too many sandals, especially because most styles aren't exactly designed for long-term wear. Luckily, there are so many strappy sandals under $30 this summer that you're going to want a pair for every day of the week.
From shiny metallics to tropical brights to earthy neutrals that are perfect for everyday, it seems you somehow end up owning more sandals in life than any other kind of footwear... in part because, well, it's way easier to find a pair of sandals for less than 30 bucks than it is to find a pair of boots on sale or even reasonable running shoes. Sandals are almost more like an accessory than legit shoes: Sort of in the same way as jewelry, they can complement an outfit or add a style statement all their own. (And just think of how many pairs of earrings you have in your possession!)
Looking to dress up a casual outfit? In need of a pair of comfy sandals you can wear anywhere and everywhere? Whatever your sandal needs, there's something on this list that's guaranteed to work for you... and your budget.
1Jana Braided Thong Ankle Strap Sandal
Also available in black, cognac (brown), and pink, these fun flats go just as well with a sundress as they do with jeans or shorts. Plus, the footbed and thong strap are cushioned for maximum comfort (minimum blisters).
2Braided Lace-Up Sandals
4Wrapped-Thread Slingback Sandals
Summertime is the right time to add as much color to your wardrobe as possible, and these sandals are an ideal way to do just that. People will assume you got these as a souvenir while vacationing someplace with authentic jungle vibes. Whether or not you admit they're from Old Navy is up to you...
5Cleo Wrap Sandal
6Toe Ring Ankle Wrap Sandal
7Dream Pairs Juuly Flat Sandals
With heels that zip up, these sandals are sure to stay put (unlike some strappy numbers that look adorable but have a tendency to go flying off your feet mid-step). They also come in wide range of colors (including metallics), though the red is definitely a stand-out option.