As the temperature rises, we all like to feel the cool breeze against our skin. A quality pair of sandals is the stylish way to air your sun-starved feet. Here are our top tips on which sandals to go for and how and when to wear them.
When to wear sandals
Let’s get one thing straight – there is a clear difference between a flip-flop and a sandal, and only one is suitable for the modern man about town.
Casual and cool, sandals are the perfect footwear for outdoor summer events like festivals, backyard barbecues and trips to the beach, and we’re also seeing an increasing number of sandals on our city streets.
While it’s usually best to avoid office settings, more relaxed workplace dress codes mean sandals are increasingly acceptable as workwear. That said, if you do sport a pair of sandals at work, make sure it’s the smart leather style with a covered toe design.
What to look for
A good sturdy, sandal can provide the same level of foot support as a well-fitted shoe.
Look for open versions in breathable leather to keep your feet feeling fresh, or a closed toe style for added protection and a smarter look. If you don’t have a standard fitting (either wide or narrow feet), choose a style with adjustable straps.
In terms of support, more really is more. A decent heel, arch support and padded insoles will keep you comfortable for longer, especially if you spend a lot of time on your feet. If you’re looking for added security in wet conditions, rubber treads are light and non-slip.
How to wear them
Rolled up hems lend you a laidback, casual air, as well as keeping you cool on the warmest of days. But do make sure your feet look their best – as the gents at One Dapper Street say:
“You don’t necessarily have to get a pedicure (though trust me, you’ll enjoy it), but at least clip your toenails and trim those unruly hairs!”
The jury is still out on the socks and sandals look – fashion faux pas or homage to hygiene? Sock-style trailblazers like David Beckham go for bright colours or standout patterns with their sandals. If you’re not feeling that brazen, it’s a look best avoided.
Tempted to join the line of chaps shedding their shoes for sandals this summer? Here are four of our favourite styles.
1. Closed toe sandals
For a smarter look, a closed toe option, like this adjustable fisherman sandal from Samuel Windsor, is a perfect choice. As well as looking good, this style protects your toes from heavy-footed friends and helps keep your feet cleaner to boot.
The sharpest of all sandal styles, closed toe sandals are a great alternative mules or deck shoes, and look great with shorts or chinos.
2. Open toe sandals
We love traditional open-toed sandals. This classic style is easy to get on or off, making it perfect for the beach or a warm day in the garden.
Good quality, breathable leather is the way to go. Try pairing with a pair of stylish shorts – think tan, beige or khaki bermudas, or perhaps cargos.
3. Slip-on sandals
Slip-on sandals are ideal for poolside holidays, easy to get on and off whenever you fancy a dip or need to pop to the bar.
The most casual of all styles, leather slip-ons will last longer than canvas and look stylish all summer long.
Best paired with swim shorts, obviously, but these sandals also look great with a pair of linen trousers when on holiday abroad.
4. Sports sandals
If you’re looking for action and adventure, sports sandals can be a great addition to any wardrobe. Look for a waterproof material and soles with good tread to take you into the great outdoors.
What you wear with these depends on what you’re up to, but sports sandals certainly look great with shorts or walking trousers. Jeans can be a tricky look to pull off, but roll up the hems and you’ll cut a fine dash.
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