A Podiatrist on the Summer Shoes You Really Shouldn't Wear

Call me shoe-obsessed, but in my book, footwear maketh the woman. That doesn't mean I think you need to spend a fortune or amass a collection to rival Imelda Marcos, but it is important that you feel comfortable in your shoes, that they're smart and not scuffed, and that you can easily walk in them. The latter sounds obvious, but you'd be surprised by the number of women who still put that at the bottom of the priority list. A box-fresh pair of pumps is a glorious thing; a ferocious blister breakout is not. And unfortunately the latter tends to happen more frequently in the summer months. After half a year of hibernating in comfy boots and sneakers, sandal season—and all of its requirements—has come around.

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Increasingly, the gap between sensible and chic shoes is narrowing. Brands are starting to create comfortable high heels as a speciality, employing advanced tech and the work of orthotics into comfortable high heel styles that you'd actually choose to buy. But even outside of these developments, things are looking up on the sensible fashion footwear front: Midi heels and flats have never been so acceptable, and high-street stores are using more leather (rather than synthetic materials), for example. To be fully equipped for the hot months ahead, we tapped the knowledge of two of London's leading foot experts to provide some honest advice.

Keep reading to see what they'd recommend you avoid and then shop the shoes that tick all of the boxes.