The Hottest Shoes for Summer 2017

There is a small revolution happening in the world of shoes: Designers are finally making shoes that are truly beautiful but are also wearable. This is particularly true with the summer 2017 collections. Here are the six most important trends in summer shoes.

Ankle Strap

This summer is all about the ankle. Designers are using this style to emphasize the ankle and create drama in the shoe. You can opt for a flat to keep it comfortable or go with a heel for a dressier look. If you find the wrap-around versions too high maintenance, there are many variations with buckles and zips. But beware — some styles of ankle straps have a tendency to break the leg’s natural silhouette. Be sure to consult a full-length mirror to confirm that your ankle strap shoe compliments your summer ensemble.

Summer Shoes: Prada Flower Ankle Strap Sandal

Prada Flower Ankle Strap Sandal, $1,100, Nordstrom

Summer Shoes: Fendi Wave Heel

Fendi Wave Heel, $800, Marissa Collections

Summer Shoes: Aquazzura Hello Lover Ankle-Strap Suede Flat

Aquazzura Hello Lover Ankle-Strap Suede Flat, $695, Neiman Marcus

Flatform

Finally, a platform you can walk in! You’ll get the height of a platform with the comfort of a flat with these shoes that are perfect for all of your summer events, especially ones on grass. No more embarrassing moments of getting your stilettos stuck in the mud!

Summer Shoes: Christian Louboutin Montezuplage 60 Spiked Mixed Media Wedge Slides

Christian Louboutin Montezuplage 60 Spiked Mixed Media Wedge Slides, $895, Saks Fifth Avenue

Summer Shoes: Stella McCartney Binx Metallic Star Slip-On Sneaker

Stella McCartney Binx Metallic Star Slip-On Sneaker, $565, Neiman Marcus

Summer Shoes: AGL Cork Platform Sandal

AGL Cork Platform Sandal, $475, Nordstrom

Kitten Heel

The kitten heel offers height while remaining sophisticated, understated and, best of all, comfortable.

Summer Shoes: The Row Coco Suede Mules

The Row Coco Suede Mules, $795, Barneys New York

Summer Shoes: Aquazzura Powder Puff Pompom Pump

Aquazzura Powder Puff Pompom Pump, $795, Neiman Marcus

Summer Shoes: Balenciaga Broken-Heel Satin Mules

Balenciaga Broken-Heel Satin Mules, $665, Barneys New York

Year-Round Boot

We can now embrace this cool, comfortable shoe all year long. Designers are offering boots in lightweight fabrics, colors and prints, so don’t be afraid to work these boots into your summer wardrobe.

Summer Shoes: Fendi Embroidered Knit 100mm Bootie

Fendi Embroidered Knit 100mm Bootie, $1,050, Neiman Marcus

Summer Shoes: Chloe Gosselin Angelica Suede and Leather Ankle Boots

Chloe Gosselin Angelica Suede and Leather Ankle Boots, $840, Barneys New York

Summer Shoes: Rag & Bone Ellis Leather Ankle Boots

Rag & Bone Ellis Leather Ankle Boots, $595, Barneys New York

The Mule

One of the most dominant trends this season is the mule. Best of all, they’re as easy to wear as they are comfortable — just slip them on and go. Pick one that is right for your foot and offers enough support. You wouldn’t want to slide out of your slide!

Summer Shoes: Rosetta Getty Folded Mule

Rosetta Getty Folded Mule, $595, Moda Operandi

Summer Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Mules

Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Mules, $425, Barneys New York

Summer Shoes: Schutz D’Ana Knotted Loafer Mule

Schutz D’Ana Knotted Loafer Mule, $170, Nordstrom

Statement Heels

Don’t pack your stilettos away just yet because designers are showing amazing statement heels this season. While they may not be as comfortable as the other styles, sometimes feeling sexy makes it worth it!

Summer Shoes: Gucci Elaisa Crystal Bow Pump

Gucci Elaisa Crystal Bow Pump, $1,790, Neiman Marcus

Summer Shoes: Jimmy Choo Romy 110 Bordeaux Feather Mix Pointy Toe Pumps

Jimmy Choo Romy 110 Bordeaux Feather Mix Pointy Toe Pumps, $1,195, Jimmy Choo

Summer Shoes: Saint Laurent Opium Patent Leather Pumps

Saint Laurent Opium Patent Leather Pumps, $995, Barneys New York