The 11 Best Closed Toe Sandals for Fashionable Runners Who Want to Hide Their Toenails

You might be wondering why a running shoe blog is publishing a guide to the best closed toe sandals that does not include anything from Keen or Merrell. Well, believe it or not, there’s a solid overlap between those who like to run and those who like fashion. If you’re like me, you fall in that camp and, unfortunately, have gnarly toenails. Maybe they’re black, maybe they’re halfway to falling off—we don’t need to get too graphic about it—but the point is, you want to wear fun summer footwear and not be embarrassed about your toes. Lucky for us, fisherman sandals, a very classic closed toe sandal style, is trending for summer 2022. Below, you’ll find our favorite fisherman sandals plus a few other closed toe classics to shop now. Let the #summerofclosedtoeshoes begin.

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1. Everlane Leather Fisherman Sandal

everlane leather fisherman sandals closed toe sandals for summer

Everlane’s leather fisherman sandal comes in four colors: brown, black, white, and the wildcard lemon yellow. It has a stacked heel to give you a teeny tiny bit of height.

$125 at Everlane

2. J.Crew Fisherman Sandal

jcrew glossy leather fisherman sandals closed toe sandals for summer

If you don’t love the stacked heel on the Everlane sandal and want something a little more simple, go with J.Crew’s fisherman sandal in glossy leather. Your toes will be a bit more exposed than in the Everlane style so don’t say we didn’t warn you.

$148 at J.Crew

3. Charles & Keith Caged See-Through Sandal

jelly platform sandals slides closed toe sandals

Jelly sandals meet fisherman sandals meet platform slides. A clunky trend that will not last after summer 2022, so get it while it’s hot. This one has an almost 2-inch sole height.

$63 at Charles & Keith

4. Castaner Jean Lace-up Espadrille

castaner black and white lace up espadrilles flat

Are espadrilles sandals? Open for debate, but they are definitely one of the best closed toe shoes to wear in the summer. We love Castaner’s flat lace-up espadrilles.

$165 at Shopbop

5. Soludos Lauren Lace-up Espadrille

black soludos lace up espadrilles

And if you want to spend less than $100 on a pair of lace-up espadrilles, go with something like this pair from Soludos.

$85 at Soludos

6. Tory Burch Fisherman Platform Espadrille

tory burch espradrille fisherman platform sandals

All the summer fashion trends in one shoe.

$328 at Zappos

7. See by Chloe Millye Fisherman Sandals

jelly fisherman sandals

Fisherman sandals but make them FUN!

$295 at Shopbop

8. Ganni Creepers Sandals

ganni creepers closed toe sandals for summer

For those of us who love a clunker. And a little metallic action.

$425 at Ganni

9. Hereu Floreta Cutout Leather Sandals

hereu spanish balearic islands style sandals


A geometric leather upper covers your toes in these sandals from Hereu, a brand that reimagines styles from the Balearic islands.

$277 at Matches Fashion

10. Marni Fisherman Leather and Canvas sandals

marni canvas fisherman shoes

Hot take: Marni’s cushioned footbeds make it the best luxury shoe brand for runners who like to keep it chic and expensive when they aren’t exercising.

$377 at Matches Fashion

11. K. Jacques Adrien Fisherman Sandals

k jacques st tropez closed toe sandals

If you’re extremely committed to the fisherman sandal trend, go with the most classic option out there from K. Jacques.

$325 at Shopbop

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