With summer on the way, it's time to put your cumbersome boots back into storage and prep your wardrobe for the warmer weather to come. The season's 2023 shoe trends continue to be a great source of inspiration with a continued appreciation for sensible, comfortable shoes (think: crisp white sneakers and walkable sandals) while still appealing to those who crave a party-style heel. With infinite options on the market, we tapped Norstrom's women's fashion director, Rickie De Sole, for insight and, together, curated a list of the best summer shoes for women in 2023. From summer wedges to '90s-era strappy sandals, here are our picks for the season's must-have footwear that you can start shopping for now.
Best Strappy Sandals
“The barely-there strappy sandal style is a welcome throwback to ’90s fashion," shares De Sole. "The appeal of the barely-there sandal is in its versatility, pairing well with everything from jeans and a T-shirt to cocktail attire. We love this style with a kitten heel or in a summer-time flat.”
Best Summer Sneakers
Keep it casual and accessible in an easy-to-wear, easy-to-move summer sneaker. And if you really want to study up, consult the new sneaker trends of 2023 before your press "buy" on any pairs—perhaps you'll even be convinced to try a pair of the celeb-adored Adidas Samba on for size.
"Shoe trends may come and go, but an espadrille is forever a summer staple," says De Sole. In particular, she tells Marie Claire she's eyeing wedged versions of the braided rope shoe for summer 2023. "The comfort of the wedge's woven sole is great for lawns and beaches come summertime, and the shoe pairs perfectly with playful printed dresses," she describes. Bonus: with a gamut of options—ties, buckles, and ankle straps, for instance—you can find a summer espadrille that's as dressy or as casual as you wish.
Best Summer Loafers
Lean into summer loafers in a lightweight woven or raffia style that you can sport sans-socks. For an ultra put-together look, why not pair your new summer shoes with your best basket bag for the season?
Best Ballet Flats
“The much-loved ballet flat trend continues into summer," explains Nordstrom's head of women's fashion. "From Molly Goddard and Simone Rocha's ruffle and tulle options to Tod’s and The Row’s covetable flats, ballet-core goes more mainstream than ever this summer as the perfect city-to-beach transitional flat.” Pro tip: take cues from the season's color trends—like via a bright pink or high-shine metallic option.
Best Slide Sandals
Look great on the go with easy slide sandals that come detailed with ruching, florals, and chunky buckled hardware. You could also try a padded and puffy shoe—like Studio Amelia's effortless slip-on—to create the illusion of walking on a cloud.
Best Fisherman Sandals
Adorable when worn with a heel during the colder months, a fisherman sandal will be your standby come summer. The best part—other than their inherently comfy makeup? You don't have to worry about a fresh pedicure.
Meet the Expert
Rickie de Sole is the Women's Fashion Director at Nordstrom.