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It’s the peak of summer which means the last thing you probably want to do is put on a pair of work shoes. Summer Fridays can’t come soon enough and neither can the men’s sandal trends for 2023. Free those toes and slide into weekend mode because these trends are cool, comfy, and made to last. 

To (literally) kick this off, I’m excited to share the good news that flip-flops are not only considered stylish but also chic. That’s right—a simple black pair of flip-flops can earn you a spot on the best-dressed list. The key to elevating the style is picking a pair with a thicker strap and high-quality material, like leather.

If you can’t imagine wearing flip-flops anywhere but on the beach, no worries. Buckle sandals, fisherman sandals, and slides are all top sandal trend contenders this year. If you live in an urban setting, fisherman sandals are a great way to ensure that your feet won’t touch the dirty streets while slides will give your whole look an effortlessly sophisticated feel. 

Keep reading for the right pair of sandals to slip on your feet before summer comes to an end. 

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Fisherman Sandals 

Gone fishing? No need! Fisherman sandals are the retro shoe choice that will take you all around your modern itinerary. The woven cage-style shoe goes with practically every summer outfit option and works for both an urban and tropical setting. The best part is that you can continue to wear them through the fall and can even layer them with socks. 


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This pair of black leather fisherman sandals have a high fashion feel because of the thick straps. These would be great to wear while exploring a city.

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This pair of brown leather fisherman sandals may look chunky but they are specifically designed to have a lightweight sole for extra comfort and walkability. This pair is also available in black.

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Flip Flops 

Thanks to designer brands like The Row, flip flops have undergone a rebrand. Though they were once considered the ultimate casual shoe, flip-flops are now elevated and cool. In order for the flip-flops to maintain their dignity, you need to make sure you’re pairing them with a good outfit. A terry cloth set, linen pants, or preppy shorts are the perfect match. 

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This pair of multi-colored flip-flops have a sporty-chic look to them. The base is made out of rubber so you’ll have no problem getting them wet. This striped pair is also available in two other color combinations.

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If you’re trying to take a more fashionable approach to flip-flops, you can’t go wrong with a leather pair. This option from Vince Camuto is touted to be comfortable and is currently on sale.

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When it comes to slides, there are two different categories of footwear. There’s the athletic slide like those Adidas soccer shoes you’ve probably owned at some point. And there’s the sleek slide which is typically made out of leather, suede, or canvas material. Both are equally as trendy and appropriate to wear depending on the occasion.

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These slides are handcrafted in Portugal and will add a fun pop of color to any of your summer looks. The sole is made out of cork and the strap is designed to stretch and flex to fit your foot. This pair is available in four different colors.

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If you’re heading to the pool or the beach, a simple plastic slide will do just fine! Don’t bother breaking the bank to get a pair of designer rubber slides when there are great affordable options at Target like this blue pair.

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Buckle Sandals

There’s nothing sexier than a man in Birkenstocks. I’m so serious. Birkenstocks, and other buckle sandals, simply make you look cool. Is he a musician? A surfer? A rock climber? Or a dude just going to the farmer’s market? In a pair of buckle sandals, it’s hard to tell. They’re versatile with just the right level of mystery. Sexy right?

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Birkenstocks are a classic sandal choice. They are well worth the investment because they’ll never go out of style and they only get more comfortable over time. This pair of Arizona sandals is available in five different neutral tones.

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This pair of leather slides feature an untraditional seatbelt-like buckle detail that elevates them to the next level of style. The double platform sole was created for extra comfort. They are also available in a light cream shade.

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