A Step Above the Rest: Summer Sandals

Don’t let the temperamental State College weather fool you, summer is right around the corner and that means you can (ecstatically) trade out your cold weather footwear for summer sandals!

You may love your Rainbow’s, and we don’t blame you – they’re like walking on two flip-flop clouds – but this year don’t be afraid to branch out with some new, fashionable summer footwear. We know it’s important to put your best foot forward, so Valley scoured the Internet for this year’s cutest, must-have sandals.

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Embrace three trends wrapped up in one with these casual foot bed sandals. The pewter metallic offers just enough standout shine while the ever-popular flatform gives you an extra inch of height. Not to mention the slide-on construction that has been deemed the absolute, must-have 2015 sandal after being spotted on runways and countless designer campaigns.

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If you’re thinking these look familiar, you’re not wrong. They’ve been featured in a few of Urban Outfitters summer campaigns, and could cost you a small premium. So where did we find this virtually identical pair? Valley found these adorable, staple sandals at Target for a mere $18! No more excuses. These cognac slingers will match anything in your summer closet and don’t forget the added bonus of not breaking the bank, so go ahead, treat yo’self.



Whether you’ve been an espadrilles fan from the beginning or are a recent convert, these puppies are the undeniable fashion staple your closet has been longing for. The traditional bohemian feel of espadrilles is not lost on this pair but rather updated with a twist of structured chic. The true beauty of these shoes lies in their versatility. Not only could you rock these at a summer music festival, but also with rolled white or black pants for a casual office day. These can be purchased at our shopping haven, Asos.

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If you’re still drooling over the strappy, gladiator sandals that hit the market last summer, these are guaranteed a solid investment for you. The knee-high length adds a hint of sexy to cute sundresses and an air of cool to high-wasted denim shorts. The thin rope straps are on-point, and available for purchase here.

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If you’re willing to splurge, we’re dying over these impossibly adorable clogs and are willing to bet you are, too. The layered construction makes the shoes feel unique and one-of-a-kind. Not to mention the clog trend is a must for any bohemian fashionista. They’re available in six different colors, including a tan crochet. Check them out here. Remember, we warned you they will certainly cost you a pretty penny.

There’s no doubt that you’d be a showstopper in any of the above fabulous find. In fact, you’re life may turn into a montage of DSW commercials – “Where’d she get those shoes?”