Perhaps it's that pedicure I've just been for, but at this precise moment, all I can think about are sandals. I've only invested in one pair in the past couple of years (a pair of chunky flip-flops, in case you were wondering), and now that summer is officially upon us, I now realise that I'm seriously lacking in the sandal department.
I only buy new sandals every other year, or longer if I can help it, so I can only assume that in 2019, I decided to rid myself of all my tatty sandals come autumn with the view of replenishing them in 2020—and we all know what happened next. Considering that l haven't set foot on a plane, it's only now that I see I neglected to refresh my sandals when I should have done.
There's an upside to starting from scratch, though. It means I can invest in versatile styles that will form my core collection, pairs I'll wear summer after summer. And there are a few categories I've set my sights on. From sexy slingbacks to comfy sliders, staples make up the majority of my sandal wish list. Still, there are a few trending pairs I'm tempted by, including ones with tie ankles, chain details and stacked soles. Scroll on to see what I think are the best sandals for women this summer, and perhaps you'll be able to fill a gap in your own sandal collection as you go.
Style Notes: This season can be divided into two sandal camps, as this story will go on to prove, one of which is chunky sandals—stacked soles and thick straps. The other? Ultra-thin straps that look sultry, of which there are plenty out there to choose from.
Style Notes: I'm a sucker for tie details, and while they're reigning supreme on tops and skirts, I've noticed they're cropping up on sandals, too. I think they look their coolest worn with straight-leg jeans, much like Aimee Song's.
Style Notes: Chunky soles have begun to crop up all over the footwear scene and are a great way of adding height to your silhouette (especially if you're not quite ready to step out in high heels just yet).
Style Notes: Nineties fashion trends tend to ebb and flow in popularity, but one that's proving to be consistent is minimal mules. I prefer mine with midi heels, as they enhance the throwback vibe. Black and tan will always be what I gravitate towards, but there is something tempting about this hot-pink pair.