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Frugal Fashion: Cheap Sandals and Summer Footwear

Posted on 4/3/2012 10:04 EST

As beach weather beckons, ditch the socks and boots and break out the open-toed shoes and sandals. Show off your pedicure and let your feet soak up the summer rays with summer footwear. Cheapism found bargain sandals that are stylish, trendy, and best of all, comfortable. Check out last year's picks for cheap sandals and read on for 2012's best sandal styles.

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The Most Comfortable Sandal.

Teva Women's Olowahu sandals ($25) earn rave reviews for comfort from reviewers across websites. Ten different color options earn this pair a shout-out for looks, as well. With an incredibly soft and cushioned footbed made of Teva's trademarked Mush technology and a strap configuration that secures the sandal to your foot more securely than flip-flops, these sandals pass the walking-intensive global travel test and merit bonus points for continued comfort on the hot sidewalks of home.

A Versatile Sandal for Work or Play.

Embellished but not flashy, understated but not too simple, Payless' Women's Rockstar Jelly Sandal can split its time between work and play (or at least happy hour). These sandals have the openness of a flip-flop but a jewel embellishment and trendy strap design that make them perfect for the office and summer evenings. The shoe garners loud applause from customers, who praise its style and comfort (even for people with wide feet). The jelly material makes it suitable for beach or poolside wear, as does the $15 price.

Durable Flip-Flops That Last.

For affordable flip-flops with the rare combination of comfort, style, and durability, try Havaianas. It's no wonder that the company is based in Brazil, where residents live at the beach. Havaianas are made with a proprietary rubber material that makes them bouncy, shock-absorbent (read: comfy), and long-lasting. The sandals come in hundreds of colors and patterns, and you can even order your own custom pair. These sandals start at $18.

Shoes for the Greater Good (and Celebrity Style)

TOMS Shoes took the humanitarian and fashion world by storm with its distinctive, brightly-colored, flat canvas slip-on shoes and its mission: for every pair of TOMS shoes sold, the company pledged to give one pair of shoes to a child in a developing country. These shoes are just as visible on the street as they are on the pages of magazines. Made of breathable cotton, TOMS slip-ons are perfect for hot summer days. Despite the heat of the trend, the $40 starting price is especially gentle considering you're buying two pairs of shoes -- one for you and one for a needy child.

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Summer Heels That Won't Sink.

Stay stylish during your barbeque or picnic by choosing platform heels over traditional heels. H&M's wedge heel sandals won't sink into the grass and are more comfortable for walking because of the platform sole. Platform sandals and buckles are hot for summer 2012, and you can join the parade for just $40.

Where to buy cheap sandals.

DSW is a megastore of footwear values at all price levels, whether cheap sneakers or discounts on designer heels. DSW is stocked with brand-name shoes, so you can count on finding today's trends at last-season prices. Also watch discount shoe websites, such as 6pm.com, and flash sale sites, such as Gilt, to snatch up stylish bargains. Additionally, Payless ShoeSource and Target are solid standby sources for affordable shoes with the advantage of being able to try on shoes before purchase.

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