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Splurge vs. Save: 6 Summer Shoe Trends You Can Get at Any Budget

Erin Fitzpatrick

What percentage of your shopping budget goes to shoes? If you can only answer with a vague "a lot," you've come to the right place. Investing in new shoes is always gratifying, as they have the power to update wardrobe basics like jeans and tees instantly. But just because you can't resist a good shoe trend doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune. While some shoe trends are basically eternal, other trends are a bit more of-the-moment, which calls for the need for more affordable options.

Below, I've rounded up the best summer shoes on the market right now, whether you're willing to make a thoughtful investment or just want to try out a trend without a major financial commitment. You know those kitten heels everyone on Instagram seems to be wearing? Yep, there's a chic pair for just $49 that's calling your name. On the other end of the spectrum, Tabitha Simmons and By Far are making the case for splurge-worthy styles. Scroll for the most stylish shoe trends you can get at any budget, from $35 to $700.

Kitten Heels

Kitten heels are extremely versatile for summer, as they're dressy enough for a wedding but practical enough for the weekend. 

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By Far Virgo Slides ($370)

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UO Bella Strappy Kitten Heels ($49)

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UO Bella Strappy Kitten Heels ($49)

Geometric Heels

This artsy trend is certainly pretty to look at on a shelf, but rest assured, they're more versatile and easy to wear than you might think.

Splurge

Cult Gaia Jila Sandals ($390)

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Rejina Pyo Taylor Slingbacks ($660)

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Mango Geometric Heeled Leather Shoes ($100)

Wedges

If you cringe at the thought of wearing wedges, brands like Staud, Mango, Urban Outfitters, and MR by Man Repeller are all here to change your mind. 

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Staud Astrid Wedges ($275)

MR by Man Repeller Satin Wedge Sandals ($225)

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Mango Multicolor Sandals ($80)

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UO Britney Wedge Sandals ($39)

Printed Slides

Whether you want to spend $35 or are ready to make a designer investment, printed flat slides should definitely be on your wish list for summer. 

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Tabitha Simmons + Johanna Ortiz Camilla Bow-Embellished Satin Slides ($725)

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Tabitha Simmons + Johanna Ortiz Lassie Floral-Print Satin-Twill Slides ($390)

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Who What Wear Collection Florence Striped Bow Slide Sandals ($35)

Toe Ring Sandals

From The Row to Aldo, brands are hopping aboard the toe-ring bandwagon, and we're more than happy to oblige. 

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The Row Infradito Sandals ($690)

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Villa Rogue Stella Toe Ring Sandals ($125)

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Aldo Dirawia Shoes ($60)

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Vagabond Shoemakers Polly Kitten Heels ($120)

Block-Heel Slides

The block-heel trend shows no signs of slowing down—and that's a good thing. Extremely easy to walk in and a welcome change from pin-thin stilettos, block-heel sandals are certainly worth an investment right now.

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Marais Alex Mill Classic Mules in Gingham ($275)

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh Agatha Slides ($363)

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UO Amanda Mesh Mules ($49)

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