SPring '21 Trends

The Sandal Spectrum

As brands look ahead to Spring ’21, they’re planning for a season of opposites. In the wake of the unprecedented disruption the COVID-19 shutdowns caused this Spring, comfort labels are planning for fresh new looks for retailers who want to add vibrancy to their core offering — as well as stocking classic looks that transcend seasons.

“For Spring, we are looking to keep with more closed-up product as our focus, as we know there is going to be a lot of Spring ’20 sandal inventory with all of the disruption,” said Jennifer Sokso, director of marketing and customer service for Propet USA.

“Accounts are looking for value-priced contemporary comfort casual sandals. Footbed sandals are in demand as are flat sandals with bold ornamentation in a mix bright, vibrant colors. We’re also seeing a demand for neutrals,” added Angela Paterson, national sales manager for Camtrade Footwear.

But no matter the aesthetic, comfort is key.  Adjustable closures, cushioned footbeds and easy-wearing, increasingly sustainable materials make for all-day wear.

The Regina C5 sandal ($105) from RIEKER brings the sunshine with a cheerful yellow upper and a natural contrast heel strap.

The Regina C5 sandal ($105) from RIEKER brings the sunshine with a cheerful yellow upper and a natural contrast heel strap.

The sophisticated Amata Cork Wedge ($80) style from ENJOIYA sets off classic lines with a natural cork midsole.

SECRET CELEBRITY’s Floral Thong Sandal ($40) sets off turquoise shades with delicate gold embellishment. A cushioned footbed serves all-day comfort.

Trend-right orange adds a punch of color to SOFT COMFORT’s Perforated Wedge sandal ($50), which has adjustable upper straps and a hook-and-loop closure for accessibility.

REMONTE’s $115 Jocelyn 50 style has three points of adjustability, a cushioned footbed and a festival-ready multicolored upper.

The $90 Santa Monica Sunrise Backstrap from TIMBERLAND serves utility chic with a toothy camo midsole and a bold upper made with leather from a LWG Silver-rated tannery.

WALDLAUFFER’s orthotic-friendly $160 Bailey sandal has closed-up style to spare with a printed leather upper and an adjustable hook-and-loop closure.

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