A look at my calendar confirms it: The equinox has come and gone, which means that spring is now officially upon us. I'll admit that one of the most exciting parts about ushering in a new season is an excuse to do a little shopping and right now, the internet is really delivering on that front. The new-arrivals sections at a few of my go-to affordable retailers are inundated with the prettiest spring sandals, and honestly, just scrolling through these styles is an uplifting activity I recommend.
The sandal styles I'm eyeing right now also happen to hit on some of the biggest spring trends—shocker—and include elevated thong sandals that channel the '90s, square-toe details to make any outfit more current, and simple mules in an array of candy-colored hues. Pretty soon, sandal season will feel real, and I wouldn't be surprised if many of these pairs were the first to sell out, so now is the time to snatch them up before they do—just saying!
Want to find out which pretty spring sandals I have my eye on (and a few I might have already ordered)? Here, shop the pairs I love from a few of the affordable retailers that always come through, namely Nordstrom, Mango, and Zara.
The croc effect really elevates this sporty pair.
Peep the stylish NYC crowd wearing chain embellishments this spring.
Add a little something to your all-black outfits.
Thong sandals are happening, people—you'd be wise to snap up this under-$100 pair.
I have these in black, but the pink is really delightful, too.
This shade of baby blue is just so good.
I love a tasteful bow.
I'll admit it: Our editor Nicole might have influenced me to consider these.
Are you kidding me with this marble-like heel?
Between the gladiator straps, square toe, and lime-green hue, these are a pure delight.
FYI: T-strap sandals are on the up in 2020.
It's worth looking at these from various angles to understand how cool the toe strap detail is.
I love when practical shoes are also fun.
Jen's outfit idea above is spot-on with these.
Am I delivering on the prettiness or what?
What minimalist dreams are made of.
The kind of sandals you'll reach for constantly.
Drooling over this square-toe situation.
This isn't the last you'll see of thong sandals here—you've been warned.
Hi, spring color palette!
I bet your old pool slides could use an update.
What did I tell you about the thong sandals?
The good kind of weird.
When complicated is actually a positive thing.
Zara is really coming through with the '90s shoe trends right now.
I may or may not have already ordered these.
My co-worker Courtney has these, and I can attest they look just as good in person.
The color and wide strap make these look designer.
Breezy spring dresses have met their match.
For nature walks (or walks to the fridge).
Next up, I found the most exciting spring trends for under $98 (so you don't have to).