After a protracted winter that’s teased us with glints of sunshine but mostly delivered relentless rain, ice and grey clouds, the idea of summer is finally less a fantasy and more a reality. With long hot days now in sight buying this year’s sandals is arguably an intelligent decision. Everyone knows that these shoes last a mere year after being put under the strain of a holiday spent sightseeing on cobbled streets, moshing at muddy festivals and dancing all night at weddings. It’s laughable to think something as flimsy as a sandal could survive that strain. To invest now means translating a new pair’s cost-per-wear into pennies.
Looking to swap last year’s espadrilles for something more modern? We’re currently obsessed with gladiator sandals, strappy mules and anything that’s bright and colour popping. By Far is the new sandal brand to name drop. But if you’ve really got your head in the high-fashion game then you’ll know that this is Phoebe Philo’s last season as creative director of Celine, which means investing in the French house’s shoes is like buying a collector's piece. However, if you’re after something you can just slip-on and knock-about in, then Zara, & Other Stories and Whistles are serving up a delectable selection of treats.