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The dos and don'ts of sandals

The dos and don'ts of sandals

Welcome to sandal season – aka the midst of July. A time where you’ll be taking a breeze wherever you can get it, and ditching the trainers or anything that requires too hefty of a sock in favour of something more lightweight. And while you may be pretty accustomed to sandal etiquette poolside, it’s likely things get a little murky d when it comes to wearing them back on home soil. After all, they aren’t necessarily known for being easy to style. 

But to keep your feet feeling cool, and looking it too, we've enlisted the help of menswear stylist Toby Standing to break down all the dos and don’ts of summertime’s resident shoe. Keep scrolling. 

Don’t 

Be afraid of socks and sandals. This is a pretty outdated style rule at this point, and is now simply considered a great way to add some comfort and practicality to wearing your sandals. “I’m partial to a pair of Birkenstocks with a contrasting colour sock, especially as the weather goes cooler toward the end of summer,” Toby says. 

Do 

Look for a pair that fits into your personal style; you don’t want your shoes to be sticking out like a sore thumb in comparison to the rest of your outfit. For example, if your style leans more streetwear, a pair of technical nylon sandals would be the way to go (they have the most stylistic similarity to sneakers). If it leans more classic, a pair of leather sandals like a Birkenstock Arizona will feel more aligned. 

Don’t

Wear sandals in the depth of winter. Just don’t. Sandals are a summer shoe, and if you wear them in the colder months, you’ll end up looking like Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, running around in the snow wearing flip flops. Don’t be like Mark. 

Do 

Take care of your feet. Sorry, it has to be said. The first step in feeling good in a pair of sandals is making sure your feet are primed and ready to feel the breeze. And while we’re not saying to book yourself in for a full on pedicure (then again, treat yourself), some basic care will go a long way. 

Don’t 

Skimp on the quality. Footwear is really a category where you get what you pay for, “and in my experience, cheap sandals mean blisters and broken straps halfway through your walk,” Toby says. By opting for a pair that is a little more of an investment (nothing crazy), you’ll get a style that feels comfortable for longer, and that you can bring out season after season. 

Do 

Pick the sandal that’s right for the job. Say, you’re going to be walking a lot in said pair of sandals, a comfortable footbed is a must, even a  backstrap to keep them in place and prevent a few blisters. Or, if you’re just lounging poolside, a pair of easy sliders like the classic Adidas Adilette will do just fine. 

Don’t 

Buy blind. Backless shoes can often mean sizing down a half or full size to be comfortable, so we suggest ordering a couple of sizes to try on at home and keeping the size that feels most right instead of committing to the shoe size you always wear.

 


Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Illustration: Antonio Sortino
Styling: Toby Standing