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8 Work-Appropriate Sandals You Can Wear All Summer

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It’s so great to land a summer job or internship and truly make moves. Finding an office-level outfit when you just spent the past few years at home or on campus with nary a style dilemma in sight? Not so great. Summer poses a fresh problem because you want to be able to wear summer clothes to your new job, but then you need work-appropriate sandals to match all those cute maxi dresses and tailored jeans.

There is something lucky about working a super corporate job where there might be an actual dress code, like a law firm or finance gig. But other jobs can tend to walk a fine line between old school office appropriate and being super modern and casual. So first things first, think about who hired you and what the vibe was if you went into the office to interview. In most cases, you don’t want to be hanging out of your shoes as feet can be well, just too much sometimes. Opt for close-toed shoes and usually something with a back, so you’re not flapping to and fro a copy machine because…you’re not that person. Here are some options that both abide by and break the rules about work-appropriate sandals for your summer gig.

Neutral Flats

These neutral flat sandals can go with wide-leg pants or skirts and sundresses for warmer days. Neutral not your thing? They also come in vibrant green and orange.

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Platform Slides

This ’90s slide platform was the go-to dress casual shoe, so bring it back with this dupe. Given the materials, they aren’t as loud as the original Steve Madden shoe, but definitely test them out before you go walking around the office.

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Black heeled mules

These black mules with a little platform heel are perfect for dressing up even a pair of jeans and a top for office life. There’s also a red pair for added flair.

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Simple flats

There’s no back to these flats which normally would make them maybe too casual for the office, but the hardware dresses them up enough to pull it off.

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pink platforms

Remember, you don’t have to sacrifice your personality for an office job, no matter the industry. These statement platforms will have you all strapped in for the 9 to 5 life.

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little red heel

This strappy leather heel is comfy enough to wear all day and keeps your office look on point. It’s available in a ton of colors, too, if you want something a little more subdued.

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Strappy Flat sandle

The leather and muted navy blue (among other colors available) give this strappy sandal a mature look for any professional but casual sort of office.

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Classic Brown Slide

These sandals are giving Hermès for a fraction of the price. They can be dressed up for the weekday and dressed down on the weekend. We love a dual function shoe!

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Karen is an affiliate content writer and editor for the Her Campus community. More of her other current work can be found at High Snobiety where she covers celeb style, fashion trends, and sneakerhead life. Karen was formerly an entertainment writer and editor at Bustle, Screenrant, The Dipp, Hello Giggles, and probably any other website you can likely think of that covers entertainment, pop culture, and news. She has a B.A. in English and Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University. In a previous life, Karen spent almost a decade in Rome, Italy working as a student advisor for Northeastern University’s architecture study abroad program (and eating all of the pasta and pizza she could afford). She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. When she's not glued to her laptop writing and adding things to cart, Karen's likely trying to learn how to do her own gel manicures while watching Bravo. If you want to talk about TV, the best sneakers and nail colors right this very minute, or where to go on a European spring break, don't be a stranger.