Looking for comfy classics, statement flatforms or a best-selling pair of Birkenstocks? These local Melbourne shoe shops have the best sandals and slides for spring. 

Melbourne-made flatforms

Don’t skip the stacked style this summer. Local brand Kuwaii has just kicked off pre-order for their new Kellie platform sandal. The timber look stack heel is coated in hard wearing rubber for warm days spent pounding the pavement. Nab a pair in cool sage and complete your summer uniform.

Insta-famous puffy slides

This North Melbourne flat shoe mecca never misses. Radical Yes' range of ‘Double Happiness’ slides pair retro velcro vibes with modern colourways – handpicked by their loyal Insta fans. Described as ‘a whole lot of shoe’, the foamy inner layers make for a super breathable and cosy summer sandal.

A pair of foamy blue slide sandals.
Radical Yes Double Happiness slide

Flat black '90s flip flops

Get out your low-rise cargo skirts – late '90s and early '00s fashion is back with a vengeance. Channel the likes of Buffy Summers and Rory Gilmore with a pair of tastefully chunky flip flops. This cute pair from Platypus can be worn with everything from mom jeans and mini skirts to slip dresses and resort wear.

Trending Birkenstock Boston clogs

Nothing goes better with your head-to-toe linen outfit than a pair of these comfy slip-ons. The classic Birk buckle is paired with full toe coverage and an expert-designed footbed. Try them in black leather, blue suede, shimmery copper and cosy shearling. Not sure where to start? The Birkenstock Boutique in St Collins Lane is a must-visit for Birk fans old and new.

Birkenstock suede backless shoes with cork soles.
Birkenstock

Cult-status Japanese sandals

Branded the 'performance' sandal, Suicoke's diverse range of footwear will get you from A to B and back again all summer long. The signature Vibram soles are waterproof and lightweight for super comfy strolling. While the puffed up, utilitarian style adds a touch of cool to your look. Shop everything from the classics to the rare Missoni range at Incu.

Handmade linen print slides

Natural flax grown linen, eco-sourced leather and a unique print on every pair. The mostro slides from Elk are a breath of fresh air for your feet. A super comfy moulded footbed means you can wear them all day with ease, too. Read up on their ethical production process before trying a pair in store.

A pair of women's slide sandals
Elk slides. Pic via Elk website.

Chunky pastel Tevas

Classic Tevas? Been there, done that. We only have eyes for the 'Hurricane' range, preferably in lemonade yellow and lavender blue. Made from super lightweight vegan materials, these cruelty free shoes can be worn in and out of the water. Not ready for the candy floss sandal revolution? General Pants at Melbourne Central also has the old-school velcro strap Tevas available.

The world’s comfiest heeled sandals

Originally founded by a podiatrist, Bared’s designs combine orthopaedic support with timeless style. The low-heeled Hoopoe 2 sandal is an eternal summer staple, available in black, tan and biscotti. Or try one of their flat sandal styles in tan leather for a beachy, retro vibe.

More of the best summer shoe shops

Feit

Timeless, all-season style with a modern approach to footwear.

124 Shoes

Handcrafted Italian footwear offering quality craftship and contemporary designs.

Peter Sheppard Footwear

Leading footwear specialist with an extensive range of European-made shoes for the modern woman.

Camper

You’ll be a happy camper walking around in the comfy shoes made by this Spanish brand.

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