The ultimate guide to summer sandals

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Karen Dacre,-Fashion Editor at Large

It’s sandals season, so whether you’re returning to the office or planning a British seaside break, here’s our guide to which sunshine shoes fit

Whatever the weather, sandals are one of those seasonal style inevitabilities that few of us can resist. Just as soggy weekends by the sea and mini scotch-eggs consumed on picnic blankets are etched into our collective consciousness of what constitutes British summertime, so too are sandals. But do you opt for a chunky sole, or do you prefer to keep things streamlined? Do you wear yours with jeans, or are you strictly a sundress kind of gal? Here’s a guide to the best around this season. Sunshine not included. 

Sandals guide for going places

For going places

Whether you’re racking up miles or simply enjoying a stroll, the best sandals are built for walking. A chunky tractor-style sole is a good option for those pounding pavements, as is anything with a buckle that will comfortably hold your foot in place. Team yours with everything from shorts – heavy-duty soles look fantastic with slouchy boxer styles – to breezy sundresses.

Sandals back to office

For returning to the office

For those breaking up their WFH routines with trips into the office and a return to IRL meetings, the opportunity to get dressed in clothes that consist of more than track pants and your favourite hoodie is a thrilling possibility. Imagine then the joy of a pair of back-to-work sandals. With structured styles in muted shades and sumptuous leathers among the leading trends around this season, sandals with the power to make a suit jacket or well-cut pair of slacks really sing have never been easier to find. Commuting just got cool.

Sandals for dressing up

For dressing up

After over a year in flats (ok, slippers), the thought of heels is a daunting prospect. Indeed, there are those among us who have sworn off stilettos for life and are wondering how to fill the void. Kitten-heeled mules are one elegant solution. Or switch in a pair of sandals. Flats that ooze with elegance are among the season’s most exciting footwear propositions. Fashion purists should seek out strappy, ballerina style sandals, while those who prefer to keep things simple may wish to invest in minimalist shapes.

Sandals for wearing with jeans

For wearing with jeans

Puppies are not just for Christmas, and a well-chosen pair of sandals should not solely be saved for heatwaves. Indeed, a classic British summer offers plenty of opportunities for sandal-wearing – particularly if you’re inclined to wear yours with denim. A  structured pair of platform sandals or something with a bit of a bohemian flavour –tan suede is ideal – is a fine companion for a pair of wide-cut jeans. Those looking for a more exotic partner for their favourite pair of blues should experiment with sandals that feature a print: anything in leopard will work excellently.

Sandals for staycationing

For staycationing

Whether you’re getting away or staying on home shores, a sandal that takes you from bar to beach is never a bad idea. Serious sunbathers know the value of waterproof sandal styles, while those who enjoy a stroll in the dunes and a constitutional to the nearest ice cream van look for beach-ready footwear that combines practicality with aesthetic appeal. Seek out playful prints and colourways wherever possible.

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