Summer has unofficially begun! Which means its time to shove those heavy boots to the back of your closet to make way for this year's stylish summer sandals.

Flat sandals are tops for summertime. For starters, they beat heels when it comes to comfort, and in the lazy hazy days of summer, they can make day-to-night transition easy, taking you from the beach to the bar in style.

Plus this season's bold styles are the perfect match to any sweet summer style, from your favorite denim cutoffs to a long flowing maxi.

PHOTOS: Click for our Top 10 summer sandal styles.

From gladiators to studs to beads and embellishments galore, sandal styles took a definite turn for the fabulous this season, so make a blinged out pair of sandals op top of your summer essential list.

Sabrina Newman runs the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog anewmode.com.