Although I occasionally dabble with tan, red, and white, I’d still say that 90% of my shoe collection is made up of black footwear. The reason for this? Versatility. Seldom will I wear an outfit black shoes don’t look good with. I find that when I wear pastel and lighter tones, black sandals give my look the edge I so crave. As for busier ensembles, they act as the perfect neutraliser. And in summer, even with the gorgeous array of colours on standby, I always come back to black shoes. This is particularly handy in 2019, where all of summer’s top sandal trends tend to have this colour in common.
Of course, ’90s strappy sandals have received serious backing from almost every brand going, from Prada to Zara. Similarly, chunky leather sandals with Velcro straps have been given a stylish seal of approval, thanks largely to Chanel, whose sliders have become a regular on our feeds and sparked a legion of high-street homages. In fact, after months of extensive research, I’ve come to the conclusion that summer can be defined by six black sandal styles, with each serving as the solution to any sartorial dilemma the next few months can throw at you.
Keep scrolling to see and shop the best black sandals of the season. I promise you’ll be in awe at just how versatile they are.
Whoever said style and practicality don’t go together clearly never saw these Chanel sandals Monikh wears on repeat. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but the Velcro straps also loan an air of geek-chic to any look. The originals are pretty hard to get your hands on, but fortunately enough, there are plenty of other Velcro-strap sandals to get your hands on.
A key footwear detail of note right now is toe rings, and there’s certainly plenty of options to choose from. From Arket’s individual straps to ATP’s fuller-coverage style, make like Maria and wear yours with sharp tailoring for a directional take on city suiting.
If your outfit requires a dose of glamour but you’re keen not to detract from the clothes themselves, barely there strap sandals with stiletto heels are the solution. With a simple strap across the toes and around the ankle, we promise, you’ll wear them for life.
They might not be appropriate for walking tours, but slides are essential for leisurely summer days. With the ability to make any outfit look effortlessly sleek, the fact they require zero fastening effort on our part is an added bonus.
If you haven’t bought into strappy sandals this season, now’s the time. Featuring incredibly thin straps that weave across the foot, Topshop’s Strippy Heels have been restocked more times than we can count.