When it comes to warm-weather staples, nothing quite beats a fancy flat sandal. Comfortable and versatile, they’ll see you through the summer months one statement step at a time. You might have noticed that they’re one of our beach-to-bar must-haves if you want to pack light for your summer holiday, but rest assured you’ll get plenty of wear out of an occasion-ready flat whether you’re vacationing or staycationing this year. Embrace the fanciest of footwear, and get one step ahead in the style stakes with these day-to-night sandals that’ll work with almost everything in your seasonal wardrobe.
Lace-up sandals have a versatility that’s ideal the for the beach, bar or boardwalk; the fact that they’re more robust than a flip flop means you’ll keep on wearing them well after your holiday is over. Pair with your off-duty denim and a basic t-shirt for laid-back lunches, or wear with your favourite floral shift dresses for a bohemian approach to smart-casual dressing. A lace-up sandal in tan or black will slot into your wardrobe with ease, whilst a bold colour like red is a more contemporary choice that will stand out against your basics.
Stud detailing is the perfect way to toughen up your look without appearing too harsh; a pair of studded sandals with flatform soles are an urbane choice for day or night. From dinner dates to post-work drinks, they’re a great way to bring a touch of attitude to any outfit; wear them with classic black skinny jeans and a delicate cami top, then throw on your most loyal leather jacket once the sun has gone down.
For a delicate take on the trend, a pair of embellished sandals will give your daytime ensembles a little lift. Sparkling shoes are an easy way to subtly define your day-to-night style; they’re never going to look OTT for the office, but you can get away with wearing them for evening dos too. Embellished detailing usually comes in decadent gold or silver, which is an ideal palette to work from during summer; pair with utilitarian colours like khaki, or create a city-chic look by wearing with navy blue, black or grey basics.
Whether you go for Grecian gold or sleek silver, metallic sandals are a real gem come summer. These days, you’ll find gladiator sandals finished with shining uppers that are perfect for day or night; rose gold hues are particularly on-trend, and offset seasonal nudes beautifully. Choose a pair that sit high on the ankle if you want to make a statement out of your basics; worn with a simple black shift dress, they’ll take you from desk to dance floor with ease.
Fringing is huge at the moment, and there’s something about it that we just can’t get enough of. Fringed sandals are a great way to introduce the trend to your everyday wardrobe (save your rainbow-hued fringed jackets for a night out). Lighter fabrics such as suede are especially suited to this style, since they offset the subtle movement of the fringing. Those with a bohemian sensibility should look to fringed sandals in tan; braiding or colourful pom-pom embellishments exemplify the haute-hippie look. Bolder colours modernise the trend for city backdrops; wear with tailored separates for a streamlined finish.