There have only been a handful of passable sandal-wearing days of the season so far, but you can't squash the spirits of the fashion dreamers: We've been building an exciting list of new shoe brands that excel in this summer footwear department. Whether you're as keen as us and already restocking your wardrobe with block heels, slides and mules, or you'd simply like to be prepared ahead of a heatwave/holiday (whatever comes first) then this is vital intel to have to hand.
The new sandal brands to brag about are all here, from the handcrafted Italian leather gladiators that have Caroline Issa's seal of approval through to the eco-friendly raffia flats taking over all beach-related geotags on Instagram. Throw in a smart suede option to wow your co-workers, plus a fresh take on the espadrilles trend, and you've got yourself a fully loaded arsenal for when the time comes.
Keep reading to see the 10 new sandal brands we're wanting to step into.
Style Notes: Crafted in Florence, Álvaro's extra-chic sandals were once upon a time solely for men. Fortunately for our feet, Caroline Issa stepped in and persuaded Spanish designer Álvaro Gonzalez to start crafting his luxe footwear for women. As well as the minimalistic styles the brand started with you'll also find decadent flats, such as our feathered favourites pictured above.
Mabu by Maria BK
Style Notes: If you've ever wondered where last year's runaway pom-pom sandal trend came from, it's this Greek label. Originally formed on Etsy, Mabu by Maria BK now counts the likes of Net-a-Porter as stockists.
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Style Notes: Spanish designer Mercedes brings a really fun finish to quite simple sandal shapes—her disc-frilled detailing is a signature that you'll be starting to see crop up on #shoefies across social media, but there are also more sculptural high-heeled mules if you're looking for something more evening-ready.
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Style Notes: Artisanal techniques, made from hemp, a brand name based on a traditional Ibizan dance, but an HQ based out of France… Ball Pagès's sandals couldn't scream "holiday" any more if they tried. For the modern bohemian, these are going to be a game-changing discovery.
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Nomadic State of Mind
Style Notes: Nomadic's rope sandals are undoubtedly the front-runner for 2017's most Instagrammed holiday purchase. You may not follow Lucy Williams's travels as closely as we do, but she's never far away from her pair, and that's a good enough endorsement for us.
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Style Notes: You may have already seen Posse's popular basket bags all over town, but have you noticed its cute sandals yet? This Australian label specialises in dainty raffia handiwork, and we're signing up for a pair of the swirly straw slides.
Style Notes: Sanayi 313 is a super-luxurious, very artsy Turkish brand that first hit the scene a few seasons ago with highly embellished slippers and babouche-style slip-ons. The brand has since expanded into mules and sandals—all of which we'd dream of owning.
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Style Notes: Those Aussies sure do know how to produce some good-looking sandals. Jaggar's offering is quite offbeat: Think quirkily coloured mules or seemingly simple sandals spiked with metal heels. Hit up this brand when you're looking for unique styles to wear as a wedding guest.
Style Notes: Along a similar vein to Posse's raffia slides is this ethical label that has its wares handcrafted in Morocco. You'll find a host of slides have all been given the artisanal treatment, with many of the styles working just as well in the city as they would do on a chic jaunt to Marrakech.
Shop Carrie Forbes:
Style Notes: Call off the search, we've just discovered the shoe label everyone will be after this summer. The strappy suede Bettina mules are selling like hotcakes, and they'll soon be arriving in new colours that you can preorder on Moda Operandi. Happy days.