When it comes to sandals, we can all identify a pair of Birkenstocks or Havaianas from a mile away, but there's another brand that is arguably just as prolific, though you might not know the name of them yet. This summer, one of the most popular styles of sandals in London is by Missouri-based brand Salt Water. The leather sandals come in several colours, feature a sturdy ankle strap and have six straps over the toes.
Not only are they practical, but they also have a firm fashion following: The likes of Alexa Chung, Sarah Jessica Parker and Laura Jackson are Salt Water fans. According to a feature in The Guardian, the brand expects to sell 150,000 pairs in the UK this year—a huge leap from the 700 pairs it sold when it first launched here in 2011. The sandals might be a relatively recent import on our shores, but they were originally created to combat the leather shortages in the U.S. during World War II.
Now that you know what Salt Water sandals look like, we guarantee you'll spot these every time you leave the house.
Laura Jackson wears the black pair with her leopard-printed dress.
Fashion influencer Sophia Rosemary shows that the white pair is the perfect partner for dresses.
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