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The 8 Best Flat Sandals of Summer 2021

A pedicure's best friend.

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The word "effortless" can feel overused when describing anything fashion-related. But when it comes to summer dressing, and specifically, the season's sartorial MVP, there's really no better word to describe its irresistible ease: The flat sandal is the epitome of effortless.

The glory of this shoe is that it doesn't require much thought—it's just slip on and go. There's a version for every occasion: From woven or jeweled to soft leather or metallic, there's certainly a style that will take you from day to night. Below, some of the best pairs to buy for summer 2020 so you can get dressed in two minutes flat, no sweat.

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1 Mani Strappy Flat Sandals
Nine West ninewest.com

Pair these strappy sandals with an LBD for a sexy, after-hours look. 

2 Embellished Embroidered Flat Sandals
Prada saksfifthavenue.com

While these bright, jeweled sandals from Prada aren't ideal for the beach, they are pretty perfect for the city-slicker. 

3 Cole Haan
Cole Haan hautelook.com

The heaviness of this sandal's thick ankle strap will give your look more of an edge.  

4 Women's Lory Flat Strappy Sandals
Aqua bloomingdales.com

This strappy, ankle-wrap sandal is a sophisticated take on the '90s toe-ring slide. 

5 Naima Woven Raffia Slide Sandals
Carrie Forbes bergdorfgoodman.com

A raffia sandal is the perfect complement to a breezy sundress. 

6 Rory Flat in Grey Snake
House of Harlow 1960 revolve.com

Python print gives an unexpected twist to a classic silhouette. 

7 Susan Metallic Leather Sandals
Emme Parsons net-a-porter.com
$180.00 (50% off)

Emme Parsons is known for her timeless sandals and minimal silhouettes. This metallic 'Susan' sandal is one of her signatures and the epitome of understated elegance.

8 BV Lido Flat Sandals
Bottega Veneta bottegaveneta.com

Daniel Lee is at it again with this bold braided square toe option. 

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