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Shop Coachella Sandals

Two weekends of music, magic and mayhem in the desert are upon us. Spread across spring in sunny Indio, California, Coachella is its own April paradise. The 2016 headliners include LCD Soundsystem, Guns N' Roses and Calvin Harris, but the real star of the festival will be the fashion. Get ready for 24/7 street style snaps all over your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapshat feeds. New filters, new inspiration, and new lyrics to forget along the way – are you prepared?


Whether Coachella is your thing or you’re more motivated by summer style, one thing is for certain: sandal season has arrived. We’ve narrowed down the five best festival shoes for Coachella and beyond…


Shoe: Sophia Webster Juana espadrilles, $295

Who: The girly-girl festival goer, whose really only attending in hopes of spotting Taylor Swift surfing the crowd when Calvin Harris performs, will love these leather-trimmed espadrilles with a pastel leopard print design. Just make sure no one spills on you!


Shoe: Tamara Mellon desert suede flats, $495

Who: Fashion lover with a flair for fringe. It is as if Tamara Mellon designed these suede stunners, studded with gold rivets, with the ultra-luxe party lounges dotted throughout Coachella in mind. Give your cut-off denim a boost with these flat sandals in black or khaki color-ways.


Shoe: Aquazzura Palm Spring wedges, $695

Who: Those who want to ensure they catch every act. No need to push through the girls screaming the words to every song when you can watch from your own platform, thanks to four-inch-high wedges. The navy suede upper is comfy enough so your feet will last through every encore performance.


Shoe: Rag & Bone Elda sandals, $395

Who: For the festival veteran who doesn’t want to waste time on anything with a heel. These carefree Italian, calf suede flats are your best bet for comfortable-yet-cool all in one. Peep the braided detail for extra style cred.


Shoe: Zara Pompom sandals, $89.90

Who: Bold footwear fans with a love of laces. Tie on this playful pair and go: no accessories required. On the final day of the festival, when you’re all but out of gas, these pompoms will boost your look and your mood instantly!

Dana Karlson is a seasoned digital editor. In 2014 she launched Footwear News’ web site, and prior to that she covered fashion and lifestyle for Glamour.com and British Sky Broadcasting in London. She has worked with top designers including Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, Erdem Moralioglu and Mary Katrantzou, interviewed leading celebrities from Kate Winslet to Mark Wahlberg and reported on Oscars’ fashion for BBC.