There's no denying the power a great pair of sandals holds. So when you find “the one” you grab on tight. Comfort is key – there’s arguably nothing worse than hot, swollen feet in summer. But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. Whether you’re looking for beach-chic slides or an office-appropriate pair, consider the search over. Here are 22 of this season’s most-wanted sandals from our favourite local brands and international labels.

Hook-and-loop heavyweights

The rise of the “ugly chic” shoe has seen velcro-clad styles become a wardrobe mainstay over the past few summers. And this trend shows no sign of waning anytime soon. There’s the classic Teva – the midform sole offers subtle elevation and extra cushion. Suicoke’s Depa Run silhouette delivers utility-chic vibes. And local brand Onwuad takes inspiration from the Australian landscape to crafts its signature chunky soles.

If you’re looking for a more pared-back approach, Melbourne brand Twoobs – known for its sustainability – delivers its OG style in vibrant hues this season. All of Post Sole’s pairs are made-to-order; the Trail Hiker comes in a limited-edition green, textured leather this summer – as well as classic brown, white and black. And St Agni’s Keko style features a barely-there strap across the foot and toe strap.

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Fisherman’s friends

Brought to the fashion forefront by The Row a few seasons ago, the timeless appeal of the fisherman sandal has elevated it from grandpa-chic status to an everyday essential. And while the New York brand’s craftsmanship is obvious, a month’s rent is a lot to drop on a pair of shoes. Luckily, there are more bank balance-friendly alternatives to try this season. The Raul from Nelson Made is a style that regularly sells-out style and comes in four finishes this season. Aere offers a similar profile with golden buckle fastenings. Sydney brand Edie Collective crafts its Isabella woven silhouette with an open toe and slingback strap. And the Sparrow sandals from Bared are fitted with the brand's comfort-enhancing footbed.

Easy slides

No longer relegated to poolside hangs, slides are a summer wardrobe staple. A Emery’s Prince is finished with an adjustable strap across the foot. Nelson Made does a classic with a twist with its woven satin Layla. Bassike does its raw leather style in black, white and tan finishes. Assembly Label’s Lynn has padded crossover straps. And Camilla and Marc supercharges its Ayla slide with a 5.5-centimetre platform sole.

Minimalist magic

Sometimes less is more when it comes to choosing the ultimate sandal to wear night and day. There’s a reason that A Emery’s timeless styles surface season after season. Get ready to see the just-dropped Nodi and Viv styles on pavements everywhere. Nelson Made offers its barely-there Juliette flat as the perfect alternative to heels for summer occasions, and St Agni’s ankle-wrapping tie-up style features a padded footbed that makes daily wear comfortable.

The humble Haviana is having a renaissance – it was even spotted on the runway at Fashion Week in May. This pair in collaboration with House of Darwin is a playful choice for off-duty days. A Emery’s Kinto offers a leather alternative to the classic summer silhouette.

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