Six Summer Shoe Styles You Need in Your Wardrobe

At River Island, we're all about a stand-out summer shoe. That's why we have look-at-me colours and contemporary heels that still deliver on maximum comfort ('cause you'll want to be wearing them all day, right?). From chilling in the park on summer days (let's all pray to the sun gods) to partying on a long-awaited weekend away, we've got you covered. Our favourite six summer shoe styles will complete your capsule wardrobe for the hotter months, whether you're strutting down to the co-op or the beach. So, what are you waiting for? Step into the summer season ready to banish those winter boots.


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THE TAN ESPADRILLE


Gone are the days when trainers were for sportswear only. Supreme comfort and clean design come together in this pair to make a white summer trainer that's equally suited to daytime strolls and evening dinners. Pair them with a floral midi dress for a casual look that can be taken from beach day to garden BBQ. A chunky sole and gold details make them a contemporary summer footwear staple. And when the diary has weekly shop, coffee BFF date and dog walk in one day, the lace-up design and soft materials mean you can leave the blister plasters at home.


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ESPADRILLES

THE SUPER SLIDERS


Meet your ultimate summer sandal: the slider. Think of these as the sophisticated older sister to your trusty flip-flops - combining elegance with summer comfort. Simply slip on the thick braided strap and your feet will be serving looks with an on-trend nude palette. Pair these with a beige dress for a bottomless brunch outfit that's as cute as it is comfy (because we know heels and prosecco don't always match). Or for a Sunday picnic with the family that requires an upgrade on flip-flops, a classy pair of sliders will bring sophistication while keeping you casual.


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SLIDERS

THE WHITE SUMMER TRAINER


What's the answer to the age-old conundrum: how do I look fabulous and feel relaxed at the same time? Espadrilles. Specifically the tan espadrilles from our collection of summer shoes for women. The thick wedge is flat, giving you the elevation for your sassiest mini skirt or mom jeans to look extra cool, while keeping your feet in a straighter position so your soles stay happy. If you're short on baggage allowance for your exotic holiday, remember to pack these to nail beach-club style and restaurant glam in one go. You're welcome.


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WHITE TRAINERS

THE STRAPPY DIAMANTE SANDALS


Who said that dressing up had to mean wearing heels? Not us. Swap stilettos for our strappy diamanté sandals, and you've got yourself a pair of easy-to-wear shoes for holiday sundowners (cocktail umbrella optional). With a stretchy ankle strap and flat sole, wearing these with a maxi dress and diamanté bracelets will make that special outfit totally comfortable too.


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STRAPPY SANDALS

THE WEDGE


Wedges just got a cool and contemporary upgrade, and you're the first to know. Keep all eyes on your newest shoe style with the all-over neon yellow colour. They're a quirky addition to a pair of jeans and a white tee for an outfit worthy of a warm evening in a pub garden. With no back fastenings or ankle buckles to fiddle about with, you can easily slide these on and off for when you really want to kick back and relax in the sun.


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Wedges

THE BOLD HEEL


Two of our favourite words when it comes to personal style. With a pink heeled mule delightfully decorated with lavish feathers, your feet will be in shoe heaven. Looking at this pair gives us total Barbie feels, so go for a full Legally Blonde look with a bodycon dress and a pink clutch to match. Or, hit the town for a weekend lunch with your squad and tone wearing a pair of cropped trousers,, so the spotlight (and summer sun) can shine on the main (feathered) attraction.


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HEELS