Nothing ushers in the feeling of spring quite like a new-season sandal. Whether slip-on or strappy, these warm-weather flats embody our anticipation for the al fresco adventures that await as the mercury starts to rise – those carefree days spent pounding the pavements in the city, or the feeling of sand between your toes after slipping off your shoes on the beach. Such is the wardrobe mileage of summer sandals, that they’re worthy of true wardrobe-staple status. Dress them up with tailoring or down with off-duty denim, or pair them with painterly sun dresses for picnics in the park – their versatility knows no bounds.
This season’s sandals come in an array of shapes and styles, meaning there’s a must-wear pair for every occasion and mood. In the market for something simple? Khaite’s slip-on leather slide is a dream for minimalists, recalling 1990s New York with its clean, understated lines – pair with a monochrome palette for a polished feel. For something more bohemian, Bottega Veneta’s woven raffia slides are tactile and artisanal in look, and perfect for wearing with crisp shirt dresses and basket bags. And for something a little chunkier, the classic buckle-strap fisherman’s sandal has really come into its own for SS21. Inspired by vintage ’70s styles, this off-white pair with chunky schoolgirl straps are simultaneously refined yet insouciant. Pair them with lightweight linens or tailored pants – these sturdy sandals will last you for summers to come.