Must Haves #1: Gladiator Sandals

The roman-inspired sandal we’ve loved in the past is back once again, this time with a twist. This summer sandal staple now includes studs, subtle detailing and bright colors to help freshen this sandal up. This H&M Leather gladiator sandal is catwalk worthy and retails at $59.95. This black gladiator with buckle detailing is a totally swoon-worthy sandal, if you ask us. Another style steal with a similar look is this Forever 21 Life Gladiator sandal for $40 and comes in black and features stud details. Looking to splurge a little? Try the Rachel Zoe Cecille Metallic Gladiator Sandal for $95. It features shiny gold straps which wrap up the ankle.

Must-Haves #2: Feminine Details

Sandals with girlie details are perfect for anyone who likes to accessorize. Look for details like floral accents and bows to amp up the lady-like appeal of any summer sandal. Where do you wear these type of sandals? Anywhere! They can take you from a casual Sunday brunch with the parents to a night out on the town with your besties and everywhere in between. Our pick for an especially girlish sandal that doesn’t sacrifice comfort? We are loving these H&M Satin Sandals in Pink with all the flowery goodness on top. They come in at $24.95, which is a steal for this kind of ultra-feminine footwear. Another, more casual, option is the Kate Spade New York Fiji Rubber Flip Flop in black with a bow detail. These $48 flip-flops are the perfect option for the beach, a backyard BBQ or to wear while just soaking up some sun by the pool. Try these Top Shop MEL Love City Sandals to really make a statement this summer. They ring up at just under $50 and spell out L-O-V-E across your toes for you to proclaim yours for that special someone.

Must-Have’s #3: Metallics

Metallic hues are one of the hottest trends this season. Metallics have been spotted on the runways from hot shoe designers like Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent. Our pick for the most chic metallic sandals around? These BCBGMAXAZRIA Sabba Mirrored Thong Sandal for $59. Both budget-friendly and runway-worthy, these are one of the hottest metallic sandals around. These Top Shop HORIZON Toe Post sandals won’t break the bank while letting you jump on the bandwagon of this luxe trend. Coming in at just $30 retail, they are just too chic to pass up. Want to get the same look in a more casual option? Try these MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set MK Rubber Flip Flops for $29. They give you just the right amount of metallic in a flip-flop version.

Published in the SU2014 issue of RUNWAY.