Our go-to summer sandals are under $25—and you’ll never guess where we found them.

By Rebecca Daly
Updated May 18, 2017

Even if you’re the type who has rows and rows of shoes lining the bottom of her closet, there’s always one pair (especially when warmer weather rolls around) that you find yourself gravitating to over and over again, and for good reason.

We ask a lot of the shoe that becomes our go-to for summer: It has to work for a wide array of scenarios—from casual to a little more put-together—and for an even vaster array of outfits. And the key, of course, if it’s to be worn over and over, is that it must be comfortable.

While we typically don’t champion buying cheap heels (the price tag is so alluring, but experience has taught us that the resulting pain of poor construction and plastic-based materials will ultimately make them one-wear wonders), the game changes when it comes to flats—particularly flat sandals.

By nature, their open-air construction means there are less places to rub and irritate your feet, causing less blisters (but if you do get one, we have a fail-proof solution for that) and making them a more flexible fit for more shapes of feet.

This pair from Forever 21 checks all the boxes for the perfect pair—the on-trend blush hue acts as a neutral, so you can wear them with literally anything, from a white dress to printed shorts. Adjustable buckles let you customize the fit for comfort, but ensure the pair stays firmly on your feet. And the unbelievable price tag (just $23) means that, for daily wear, your cost per use over the summer will dwindle down to about 25 cents. Score.

To buy: Forever 21 buckled ankle strap sandals, $23; forever21.com.