The Summer Shoe You Didn’t Know You Needed? A Closed-Toe Sandal

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The phrase “closed-toe sandals” is sort of an oxymoron. However, covered-up yet still perfectly summery shoes do exist. These “sandals” fall into all categories in between a classic fisherman sandal, a cutout loafer, a caged sandal, or any remixed interpretation of the three.

They’re ideal for summertime in the city and those who don’t want to show off their toes—perhaps your office has a more traditional dress code, and you’d rather not display your pedicure? But despite being a more modest substitute, closed-toe sandals are just as stylish as their barely there counterparts. Plus, they will have an unexpectedly cool effect on summer ensembles.

These styles will cover your toes in canvas, crochet, or leather, while their straps, cutouts, and open weaves while allowing the rest of your foot to be exposed to the balmy summer air. They can be paired with everything from dresses, jean shorts, or beach coverups, all of which is exactly what you want out of a summer shoe. They are still sandals, after all.

Ease into sandal season with the below edit of closed-toe sandals from Ulla Johnson, Loewe, Hereu, and more, below.

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Ulla Johnson Polonio crochet lambskin flatform sandals

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Maison Margiela Tabi split-toe leather sandals

Zimmermann lace-up cotton-canvas slippers

Loewe platform fisherman sandals

Tory Burch basket-weave wrap flats