Save your too-casual flip flops for days at the beach and your heels for nights out. This summer, put on a pair of sandals instead. Whether you choose lace-up gladiators, chunky platforms or sporty slides, sandals are a go-to shoe for the season because they strike a balance between fashion and comfort.
Besides letting your feet breathe, sandals are certainly a key fashion piece that have adorned the feet of just about every Hollywood star between celebrities Beyonce and Cameron Diaz to supermodels Kate Moss and Karlie Kloss.
Don’t own a pair yet? Or are you just looking to up your sandal game? Here are five different sandals that could potentially be your summer it-shoe:
– Lola Shoetique’s Extra Mile gladiator (https://www.lolashoetique.com/extra-mile-cognac/)
The Gladiator is one of the most popular styles when it comes to sandals. In no way does their resurgence from ancient Greece render them outdated. In fact, they have transitioned from simply being a trend to being a true fashion staple. For an elongating and flattering effect, opt for lace-ups in a nude colour (like this one from Lola Shoetique!) or a sandal with a heel. For the best effect, pair it with an A-line skirt and a trendy shift dress and make sure your hemlines end at mid-thigh.
– Manolo Blahnik Sale Online
A less intimidating version of the gladiator sandal, lace-ups that end at the ankle is a subtle statement piece for the everyday fashionista. Stay on trend this summer by keeping your footwear in a simple tan, ash grey or taupe colour that will allow you to mix and match it with your summer outfit of choice – whether it’s a float shirt dress or a pair of high-waist denim shorts.
– Steve Madden’s KIWI platform
Elevate your strut with a platform sandal, which gives you just a little height and a subtle feminine allure. As they are universally flattering and oh-so-comfortable, these disco-inspired shoes are making a comeback this summer! Complete the look with summer dresses in a floral print or in soft pastels such as a muted yellow, lavender or powder blue. Want to take this look from day to night? Throw on a sheer black pantyhose and a cool leatherjacket for a more girl-next-door grunge style.
– Birkenstock’s Gizeh t-strap sandal
Birkenstocks have been a long-reigning summer must-have thanks to their durable cork foot bed, clean lines and high-quality materials. Whether you’re wearing a Grecian maxi dress or a t-shirt and boyfriend jeans, T-strap sandals will complement your summer style perfectly. If you’re opting for a leather sandal, keep the colour choice neutral (white, black and tan) for maximum styling options.
– Asos Jaw Dropper furry hardware sliders
These shoes are definitely sliding into trend this summer! Big names like Birkenstock and Adidas have churned out super comfortable slides and fashionable, urban women have slipped them on for a look with an added cool factor. As they’re essentially slippers, opt for something with a pop or colour or has unique details like this furry Asos pair. To dress up these shoes, pair them with fashion staple pieces which have structure – a classic leather bag, a romper with a crisp collar or sleeve or even office-appropriate outfits.