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 summer 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.
Here’s what to look for in a summer sandal
-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.
-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. My favourite shoe on the block is Frankie4 Footwear, they have got comfort and style nailed.
-Identify the occasion, be wise with colours and buy the best quality you can afford and your sandals will reward you all summer long.
What to pair with your summer sandal.
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.
1. Cate heel in black. also available in tan.
2. Victoria sandal in champagne. also available in black
3. Maddie sandal in tan. also available in black spot
4. Sara Heel in black. also available in tan.
What not to pair with summer sandals.
Sandals and socks are yuk! End of discussion!
Are your feet ‘sandal ready’? 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. Tell me, what’s your favourite nail colour for your toes?