The Classic Summer Sandals Fashion Minimalists Have Been Buying for 22 Years

When it comes to wardrobe staples, objectively only a few items really fit the bill. Yes, of course, a white shirt, a black blazer, and a pair of true blue straight-leg jeans all make the cut. But shoes? They can be much more subjective. While some might argue a classic black court shoe is a must-have, others might believe that it’s a pair of white boots. What I’m saying is that it’s harder to choose as shoes (and bags) are quite often the pieces you add to your white shirt or black dress to show off your style and personality. But what if I told you there's a pair of sandals that really is a wardrobe staple. Some might even call it an iconic piece of footwear. And the shoes in question? Hermès Oran Sandals. 

Emma Thatcher wearing the sandals with jeans and a white blouse.

The sandals created in 1997 by shoe designer Pierre Hardy, are such a simple design. The one and only strap is fashioned into an unmistakable "H" and is clearly an ode to the fashion house’s name. It’s such an elegant way to brand the shoes yet they're far from being ostentatious. It’s what makes them ideal for wearing with pretty much anything in your closet. Even better, they come in classic colours from the ever-popular tan to white and black. While even the cheapest versions start at £490, they last years. If you were to own them for five years and wore them for at least two months a year (knock a month of summer off for the UK weather), the cost per wear would be £1.60, so less than your daily oat milk latte.

Although I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t take a moment to consider such a big purchase, to prove exactly how versatile and how much these sandals deserve the wardrobe staple label, I’ve looked to the Instagrammers who are lovers of more classic looks and who wear these sandals regularly. These influencers are all fans of more pared-back styles and elevated basics and each one wears the sandals often and with various different outfits. Keep scrolling to see those looks as well as shopping the sandals right now. 

Emilie Sindlev
Hermes Oran sandals: emilie sindlev



Style Notes: Emilie Sindlev proves there’s no correct way to wear these sandals. A midi skirt and tee is a great summery look, however. 

Style Notes: What could be easier than wearing them with your favourite summer dress?

Sam Silver
Hermes Oran sandals: Sam silver of this is mothership




Style Notes: Sam Silver of This Is Mothership is also a fan. She regularly wears them with simple summer dresses. 

Style Notes: Proof that no matter the print, these sandals go with everything. 

Emma Hill
Hermes Oran sandals: Emma hill wears hers with jeans and blouses



Style Notes: A fan of real wardrobe basics, Emma Hill often wears hers with jeans and blouses. 

Hermes Oran sandals: Emma hill wears with jeans and a shirt



Style Note: Another winning jeans, shirt, and Hermes sandals ensemble. 

Emma Thatcher
Hermes Oran sandals: Emma rose thatcher wearing hers with a leather jacket and jeans



Style Notes: If you want to give them a bit of an edge, it’s time to pull out the leather jacket. 

Style Notes: But if you’re keen on a real classic ensemble, you can’t go wrong with a trench coat. 

Next up, take a look at the biggest autumn/winter 2019 fashion trends.

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