Come summer – yes, even an Irish summer – your feet need a breather from the hot weather, so sandals are often the only option. But if you’re not used to wearing sandals for the remainder 360 days of the year that we’re not graced with the sunshine, that can be easier said than done. With that, here’s a helpful sandal guide to help you find the perfect pair this summer. So get your twinkle toes out and try these on for measure:
Satin is back in a big way; ranging from dainty blouses and cool biker jackets to suave and chic footwear. What’s great about satin sandals is that they’re incredibly versatile; meaning that you can go from wedding guest to casual outfit with minimal effort (and comfort). These platform satin sandals from Mango are perfect for going from day to night, and the fuschia pink colour can be paired with almost any other colour combination.
Satin platform sandals, €49.95, Mango
The Comfort Controller
Comfortable and stylish sandals are key to a woman’s summer arsenal. These Robert Clergerie sandals are set on a double-welted sole inspired by archival designs and have a knotted velvet front and black leather slingback strap. Referencing technical sportswear, the insole is heavily padded for support. What’s more, the blush pink and wooden sole are perfect combinations for every skin tone. Comfort level 10 +.
Robert Clergerie, Bloss knotted velvet and leather slingback sandals, €420, Net-a-porter.com
Summer doesn’t have to be defined by pastels and satin: explore your inner rebel in these Topshop leather buckled and studded sandals with a low heel. They’re perfect for after-hour gigs or the perfect addition to wear with jeans.
Frank buckle sandal, €110, Topshop
Unless you already own a pair of Birkenstocks or you’ve tried on a pair, it’s hard to describe the comfort, but imagining walking on marshmallows comes pretty close. Birkenstock sandals hit an all-time popularity level in recent years due to their durability and versatility. Now, designers are capitalising on that popularity by creating a range of ‘stocks suitable for every lifestyle; from these natural leather Arizona studded rose sandals, to metallic silver and shiny snake skin to muted and natural tones. If you’re travelling this summer, these slider sandals are a perfect addition to your backpack. Alternatively, they’re perfect for short trips to the beach, too.
Natural leather Arizona studded rose sandals, €139.99, Birkenstock.ie
For the woman stepping out to make a statement this summer. This sandal has all the wow factor you need to complete any ensemble and turn heads. Sore feet may apply come to 1 AM, but it is oh-so worth it. These premium green metallic leather platforms from H&M are the definition of a show-stopper.
Green metallic leather sandals, €99.99, H&M