At the beginning of the year, summer felt like a false memory. British winters often feel never-ending but in a year that saw most of us confined to our homes, the seemingly relentless cold weather was almost too much to bear. Thankfully, the sun is finally starting to rear its head – and bringing with it a bucketload of newly sanctioned, socially distanced activities.
So what better way to celebrate the arrival of the warm weather (and gatherings that don’t require a majorly advance restaurant booking) than with a new pair of sandals? After a year of wearing slippers, we’re ushering in a new wave of stylish sandals to accessorise our show-stopping summer wardrobe. Don’t worry though, chic doesn’t have to mean uncomfortable: some of the season’s biggest trends are built around fashion and function.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect pair of sandals to wear to Sunday brunch or some fancy flip-flops for a seaside staycation, there are tons of covetable shoes to shop this summer. To check out the biggest sandal trends on the agenda for 2021, click through the slideshow ahead…
For a sensible sandal that works just as well with socks as it does with tanned toes, you can’t go wrong with fisherman sandals. Since The Row debuted its much-coveted caged design last year, closed-off sandals have become a firm favourite of fashion’s finest, offering wearers full foot protection and lightweight breathability.
Cast your mind back to pretty much any ’90s teen movie and you’ll remember that the coolest girls in school wore platform mules. This summer, the slinky sandals are making a major comeback, with Steve Madden’s original chunky slip-on acting as inspiration. Just add butterfly clips and a mini backpack for the perfect Clueless-inspired look.
If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that comfort is key. There was a widespread desire for comfortable shoes, with everyone on the internet pining after a pair of Chanel ‘dad sandals’. Now, in 2021, two-strap sandals have finally made it to the mainstream, providing padded, practical styles for the masses.
Another sandal trend looking to the past this summer is the flatform flip-flop. No, we don’t mean the foamy kind you wear on the beach; we mean the chic thong sandals plastered all over your explore page. From The Row’s Ginza to Jacquemus’ Les Tatanes, these statement shoes combine platform soles and leather uppers to create the sweetest ’00s-inspired style.
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