The Easter holiday weather took us all by surprise. One minute I was in hiking boots and cashmere socks on Dartmoor and 36 hours later I had my feet out in 25 degree heat.
Sudden sandals wearing. Pedicure wise, I was not prepared but luckily I’m pretty organised (ish) in the summer shoe department.
My summer wardrobe edits with clients are a fabulous way to shake out the summer shoes.
Unlike our winter boots, these don’t get as much wear, so the same old same old seem to get worn year after year.
So here’s my capsule 7 piece sandal selection you should consider owning.
If you only invest in one pair of sandals this summer buy the sleek leather slide. These are as comfortable as the flip flop but much more smarter.
In my opinion the flip flop should only be seen on the beach.
Last summer, I bought two pairs from ZARA - 2019 you can still by the brown and they have introduced, black, white, black stud and snake print..so choose to match the clothes in your wardrobe.
The slinky mid heel
I’m really excited about this trend as I’ve not worn for years and I’ve kept all my slinky sandals from the 90s. This season you’ve got an abundance of slinkiness in a rainbow of colours.
These require a lot of foot on show, so regular pedicures is a must.
A brilliant update to wear with a midi dress or slip skirt and blazer.
I love them worn with denim or flared cropped trousers. A little lift but not a stiletto so you’ll be able to dance for longer and trot freely about your day.
The Espadrille Wedge
The ultimate casual heel. A must to own. Not only are they the most comfortable summer heeled shoe, vertically every shop produces one and you can buy cheap without looking cheap.
I love them with jeans, summer dresses, shorts. The perfect ‘I need a casual extra 4 inches’ summer shoe. Ankle ties are also so flattering.
The slingback blog heel
These are perfectly comfortable but perfect for the summer office (for the office environment, I feel toes should be hidden)
Team with your summer suits be they dresses or trousers and even this season Short Suit. They also give your casual chinos and jeans a grown up style.
The Gladiator Sandal
In summer, the Gladiator replaces your biker boot.
This sandal will give you a funky edge that you can stomp about all day in.
Wear with your utility styles but also mix with floaty dresses for a great contrast. Mine pictured above have lasted for 3 years but are falling apart so these & Other Stories ones look a great replacement.
A metallic low heeled pump or sandal will go with everything. More refreshing than the nude court.
You can team with every print and every style of trouser to highlight your look.
Mine are a rose gold vintage pair and go with all my metallic belts and jewellery.
The sport sandal
These will replace your sporty fat trainers.
My husband is so excited that the ‘travelling’ sandal is back in. When travelling the world in 2004, I was horrified to buy a pair of these - these season they are on every fashionistas foot.
Team with floaty dresses, jeans and anything you want - even add a pair of ugly socks if you really want to nail the trend. Pretty they are not, but you can cover some miles in these without any blisters!