The warmer weather sees us rotating our wardrobe, including our footwear. The boots are put back in boxes and in their place we start wearing sandals. My first memory of summer sandals were the ‘Jesus sandal’ in primary school, then a ‘gladiator sandal’ and who could forget the ‘ice cube’ with its laces that criss crossed up my legs.
Sandals are cool on the foot, add colour to your outfit and the perfect summer shoe. Sandals can be flat or heeled and let me say the heeled versions have come a long way in the style stakes over the years. Knowing what to look for in a sandal will help you collect the perfect ones for you and your style personality.
Look for a back strap on a sandal, it stops you ‘clawing’ and gripping with your toes while you walk.
A quality sole is essential, no one wants to slip and fall flat on their face. A little tip to rough up a sole is a quick scratch up with some sand paper.
You get what you pay for. One quick trip up can easily see a strap come loose or separate, higher quality sandals will have superior bonding.
An enclosed heel gives extra support and is super handy if you’re not on top of your heel care.
A pedicure is the partner of a sandal. Pretty painted nails peeping out of a sandal are so much nicer than gnarly nails and cracked skin.
Sandals and vintage gypsy dresses are a match made in heaven.
Team sandals with a cuffed or 7/8 pant.
Dress up a maxi with a heeled sandal, if your dress is super long knot it on one side to flash some shoe.
Sandals and socks are yuk! End of discussion.
3. SEED braided lace up gladiator $129.
Get the right fit, no one likes sore aching feet. Straps should be snug but not digging in, too big and you’ll slip n slide.
Watch where those straps sit, pesky straps over the toe can pinch and blister.
Arch support is vital for preventing cramps and fatigued feet. Look for a spongy midsole. Try brands like Frankie, Airflex and Bared footwear
4.White buckle sandals from Ians Shoes $239.95
5. BELINDA F by Farnkie 4 $239.95
Identify the occasion, be wise with colours and buy the best quality you can afford and your sandals will reward you all summer long.
Are your feet ‘sandal ready’? Tell me, what’s your favourite nail colour for your toes?