With all the hype about wedge sandals
and platform shoes
recently, it's easy to forget that for many of us, summer is about taking it easy -- and that we actually like spending time in flats
. And, just because a shoe is low on heel, doesn't mean it can't be high on style.
While most of the flat dress sandals
on the list wouldn't work for very formal occasions, they're definitely dressier than your standard, casual flip-flops
. Check out the following selections in women's flat dress sandals for 2013, and you'll see what I mean.
DV by Dolce Vita 'Ayden' - Simply Cool Dress Sandals for Women
No rhinestones, bows, or floral embellishments means these sandals are easy to pair with any of your casual summer wear, but they're still nice enough that you wouldn't feel embarrassed to be seen in them -- and they're great for adding a nice, polished look to shorts or even casual skirts. Available in lots of great colors including hot coral, teal, nude, yellow, and more, these skimpy thong sandals ring up at under $70 per pair.
Aerin 'Pedros' - Flat Thong Sandals with Floral Embellishments
If you're the kind of girl who loves a well-placed flower, then you may want to have a look at these pretty flat sandals from Aerin. Eye-catching and feminine, these floral-embellished thongs have barely-there .25" heels, and they are ideal for pairing with shorts, capris, and jeans, as well as casual skirts or dresses.
Priced at just under $200 per pair, these summery sandals have snake-embossed leather uppers, and look great in camel or red.
Jessica Simpson 'Roelle' - Flat Dress Sandals with Rhinestones
If you think that flat sandals can't be as dynamic as heeled sandals, then you haven't seen these stunners from Jessica Simpson. Equipped with shimmering, rhinestone-embellished vamp bands, and delicate thong straps, these women's sandals are lovely and attention-grabbing -- but thanks to their neutral faux leather uppers, they're not at all over-the-top.
Of course, like most flat sandals, they're not quite evening gown dressy, but they'll certainly bring a whole new level of excitement to any of your casual or slightly dressier outfits.
ASPIGA 'Luna' - Stunning Beaded Dress Sandals
I absolutely adore these stunning, hand-beaded sandals from ASPIGA. They're simple, unique, and dramatic -- and they're versatile enough to work with everything from casual dresses to shorts.
Priced at just under $135 per pair, these sandals feature single, beaded vamp straps; simple toe loops; and leather uppers, linings and soles. Available in gold or silver, sandals like these can be a nice alternative to thongs.
Joie 'Nice' - Flat Sandals in Mint and More
These 'Nice' thongs from Joie are easily one of the season's 'it' sandals, and it's no surprise given their simple, easy-to-wear, good looks; and the fact that they come in all of the season's hottest colors and patterns.
An ideal match for shorts, jeans, capris, or casual skirts, these chic sandals are available in mint, teal, pink, white, black, rose gold, platinum, bronze, and a couple of reptile patterns as well. Currently on sale for just over $100, these leather sandals will normally set you back about $115 per pair.
J. Renee 'Glint' - Flat Sandals with Sequins and Rhinestones
Sandals like these ankle strap thongs from J. Renee are extremely versatile, because they're simple enough in style (and embellished with enough sequins and rhinestones) that they can be dressed up or down. No, they're definitely not for anything too fancy, but they're certainly a step up on flip-flops when paired with shorts, capris, or jeans, and they'd look great with casual skirts and dresses.
Available in black, natural and turquoise, these shoes are also pretty reasonably-priced, at just under $85 per pair.
Nine West 'Solitude' - Stylish Flat Sandals with Ankle Straps
Casual, but in a very polished way, these Nine West ankle strap sandals are simple and chic -- and their slide straps make them ideal for women who don't care for thongs.
The croc-embossed uppers and wider ankle straps give these flat sandals a very metropolitan feel, which is further enhanced by the simplicity of the design. They're not nearly as busy as a lot of dressier sandals, but they're still chic enough to bring a modern, urban vibe to everything from casual sundresses to shorts -- and they come in four versatile colors: black, white, tan and turquoise.
Billabong 'Walkabout' - Pretty Flat Sandals for Less
If you're looking for flat sandals that are pretty and different, but don't have a lot to spend on them, you may want to check out these braided and woven sandals from Billabong.
Priced at less than $30 per pair, these delicate thongs have faux leather uppers and footbeds, rubber outsoles, and they come in four shades that are perfect for summer: bikini red, turquoise, black, and rustic silver.
Ivanka Trump 'Pansy' - Flat Embellished Sandals
Looking for flat sandals with a little bit -- okay, a lot -- of embellishments? Look no further, as these Ivanka Trump sandals are decorated with load of eye-catching baubles and rhinestones.
Available in the two hottest colors for 2013 (coral and mint) it's not just the details that make these flat sandals stand out, it's also the design: simple thong sandals, with back straps to help keep them in place.