With staying at home the new normal, your shoe rack may have become a slightly forgotten part of your wardrobe. Trainers are still managing to feature in our outfits thanks to our daily outdoor exercise allowance, but where does that leave the rest of our beloved footwear?
We’re making the case for wearing shoes again, even if it is just around the house (something that’s not just fun but is actually medically advised). And as we leave winter behind and roll into spring and summer, we declare sandal season officially open.
Once we’ve got our cracked feet sorted and toenails painted, we’re taking to browsing the online stores of our favourite retailers to get our SS20 sandal game on point. But where to start? There are lots of exciting sandal trends to tap into this season, with many of them totally versatile and wearable with a variety of outfits – we love when our shoes earn their cost-per-wear.
To help you navigate your choices for this season so you can put your best foot forward, we’ve helpfully broken down the biggest open-toed trends of 2020. Many of the shoes in our edit even tick multiple trend boxes, making effortless cool easier than ever.
The thought of navigating our way around a tangle of thin straps may fill you with dread, but strappy sandals are the shoe of choice for an elegant look this year and they’re simpler than they look – trust us! Just start putting them on a good few minutes before you intend to leave the house and you’ll be good – and it’ll be worth it for the style points.
Barely there sandals were, ironically, everywhere last summer and their popularity shows little sign of waning just yet. Subtle, modern and totally classy, they look just as good elevating a pair of faded mom jeans as they do teamed with an elegant dress. Due to their ‘barely there’ nature, they’re a great way to inject a pop of colour to an outfit without making too much of a statement.
Flatforms have been dividing opinions for years, as they can run the risk of looking too clunky, but in our books, that’s exactly where the fun lies. Embrace the chunky sole and pick ones with a minimalist design to let that thick flatform sole do all the talking.
The humble flip flop has had a makeover and is no longer confined to poolsides and beaches. Craft it from leather and add a kitten heel and suddenly it’s a super classy shoe that will go with a variety of outfits, from dresses and skirts to shorts and jeans.
The ultimate in comfort – and now style, too. This trend has been growing for the last couple years and it seems we still haven’t had enough of them just yet. From Tevas to Birkenstocks and their high street dupes, there are plenty of dad sandals to go around this season.
Another heeled variety, mules are a classic style of shoe that instantly add a touch of femininity and class to any look. With a low heel they make the ideal wedding shoe, for guests and brides alike, or pair with distressed jeans to elevate a daytime outfit.
Sliders do exactly what they say on the tin – they’re perfect for sliding on and getting on with your day. The perfect run-around shoe or holiday footwear of choice (if we ever get to go on any this year), they look just as good by the pool as they do in the city – plus their sporty style can lend a cool athleisure vibe to an outfit.