Top 5 Tokyo Shoe Trends You Need This Summer

Show Off What’s Happening South of Your Ankle

Attention all Tokyo fashionistas and shoe addicts: this summer is all about mixing things up and going for a wide range of styles. From ultra-sporty sandals to art-inspired heels, there’s a little something for every shoe-lover this summer.

Summer is here! Throw your all-purpose shoes into storage and dig out the strappy sandals and heels for summer. As the warm weather intensifies in the city, chances are you’ll be baring a lot of skin to beat the heat—and that includes your feet. Now is the time to pamper your toes before slipping them into some stylish new sandals to showcase at your next summer BBQ.

Almost Naked Sandal


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We’ve seen our fair share of the ‘naked dress’, but now make some room for the naked sandal. A sleek silhouette and shorter heel make for a classy chic look that’ll keep you and your feet cool for the hot summer ahead. These barely-there sandals are undeniably a classic summer shoe that can be paired with just about anything. Browse the fabulous selection at (and yes, they are having a sale.)

Where To Wear It:

The World Wine Festival is the perfect place to step out in these delicate heels. Held at the newly opened Tokyo Midtown Hibiya between July 5 and 15, walk around to each booth and take a sip of the over 120 varieties of wines featured from regions all around the world. Kampai!

Super Sporty Sandals

Top 5 Tokyo Shoe Trends You Need This Summer

Red Wedge Sandals in Techno Fabric by Marni | ¥82,000

Sporting events are endless in the summer, so the ultra-sporty sandal is the perfect shoe attire. These sandals tend to have a lot of Velcro or are made with thick, spongy platforms, and some can even feature race-car detailing, so when paired with a mini-skirt or summer dress, you can guarantee to have all eyes on you. Just ask Tokyo model Hikari Mori and Ellie-Rose!

Where To Wear It:

Swap your sneakers for a pair of sporty-sandals on your next trip to Tokyo Dome City. Located in the center of Tokyo, this metropolitan amusement park features rollercoasters, haunted houses, and is conveniently located right next to LaQua, one of the largest natural hot spring complexes in Tokyo. Comfortable enough to walk around in all day, sporty-sandals are often made from water-proof and easy-to-clean materials, which means you can enjoy the day with your kids, worry-free!

Raffia-Woven Sandals

Top 5 Tokyo Shoe Trends You Need This Summer

Black Raffia Frayed Sandals by Charles & Keith | ¥5,500

Nothing says summer like raffia-woven shoes and sandals: the ideal style option to have in your closet for the days you want to channel your inner boho-chic. Pair these flat raffia slides with a loose shirt-dress and a pair of crafty earrings and you’ve got yourself the most stylish yet comfortable look to date.

Where To Wear It:

While it’s probably best that you not wear these sandals to your next important business meeting, we recommend slipping on these sandals on your way to the next green escapism. Take a break from the Tokyo fast lane and relax at Nezu Cafe, nestled right in the middle of the city. Surrounded by its own beautiful Japanese garden, Nezu café is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee while gazing at exquisite artwork within the Nezu Museum. Much like these sandals, this cafe is a harmonious mixture of nature and the elements of modern design.

Oh So Art-Deco Heels


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Whether your perusing through Zara’s latest summer items or window shopping along Omotesando Avenue, an abstract heel is almost impossible to miss. Spice up your shoe collection with a geometric heel that you’d swear Picasso himself cooked up. Unique, sculpted heels, like the Les sandales Portofino by Jacquemus below, will give your summer look an innovative edge—expect to have all eyes on you!

Japanese Shoe Trends for Summer 2019

Les sandales Portofino by Jacquemus |€455/¥55,000

Where To Wear It:

There’s no better place to take your art-deco-designed heels than Tokyo’s ultra design chic museum, Design 21_21. Artspace meets museum, Design 21_21 is located towards the back of Tokyo Midtown. Chances are people will confuse your shoes as part of the museum’s artwork, so we hope you’re okay with having your photo taken.

The See-Through Clear

Top 5 Tokyo Shoe Trends You Need This Summer

Vinyl Mules with Methacrylate Heel by Zara | ¥4,334

An extension of the naked look, clear, PVC details are key this season. From wedges to kitten heels to slides, this clear-look is repeated throughout all different kinds of shoe styles so there’s something for everyone. From high-couture brands like Prada and Jimmy Choo, to even more accessible brands like Steve Madden and Urban Research, see-through styles range from classy elegance to modern edge. At Savvy Tokyo, we love Zara’s Vinyl Mules for this summer—a minimal aesthetic that goes with this season’s trend. Comfy yet chic, these mules are perfect for showing off your fresh summer pedicure.

Where To Wear It:

See-through sandals remind us of beach bags and crystal-clear blue waters just outside of the city. We know that it’s not always easy to make your way down to the beach (sigh), so try cooling down this summer by going under the sea at Sumida Aquarium, located right at the foot of the impressive Sky Tree. Filled with a selection of sea-scaped marine vegetation which houses thousands of sea creatures, each tank is built with thick, clear glass so you can get a glimpse of every aqua-detail.

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