If summer 2019 belonged to the naked sandal - you know, the barely-there type that looked like it was strung together with strands of spaghetti - and summer 2020 belonged to function-first Birkenstocks, then summer 2021 is spotlighting a style that sits somewhere in the middle. We give you, the fisherman's sandal.
These highly sensible sandals are made from caged leather (that usually encloses the toes, protecting them from, presumably, fish hooks and other such seafaring paraphernalia) and sometimes feature either a slingback or buckles. The first high fashion iteration was by The Row, New York's ultimate stealth wealth label, but the style has since trickled down to the high street, where you can now find all manner of caged sandals that fill the fisherman's bill.
Alexa Chung just wore a pair to Wimbledon; Hereu's Pesca, available now to pre-order, with a slick sequin tee and beige trousers. Her sandals edged towards preppy, but also have a homespun quality that makes perfect for pairing with ribbed socks while temperatures are just starting to turn warm.
Influencer Blanca Miro is a fan, wearing hers with everything from patterned tights and full skirts to striped socks and turned-up denim. Monikh Dale has The Row's, and simply wears hers with a fine gold anklet and a pair of frayed jeans.
I also think they would look dreamy with a longline crochet skirt, or cream dungarees. But hurry, like your fishmonger's catch of the day, these sandals won't stay put for long.