The One Detail That Makes High-Street Sandals Look So Much More Expensive

I have already written about how square-toe shoes are set to dominate in the latter half of this year, thanks to brands like Bottega Veneta, By Far and Wandler who are all creating footwear with boxy, defined toes. Every season, Net-a-Porter presents its trend predictions for the upcoming season, revealing to editors the items it'll be backing in six months' time, and Elizabeth von der Goltz, the e-tailer's global buying director, said she reckons square-toe shoes will be the next strappy sandals.

However, browsing through the new-in sections of Topshop, Arket and Zara this week, it's clear that you don't need to wait to start wearing these angular shoes. All of the most expensive-looking sandals on the high street this summer have one thing in common: a cutoff front. And it's not just strappy sandals that have this silhouette—we've spotted this on a pair of flats at & Other Stories and tan and cream block-heel sandals at Marks and Spencer. Keep scrolling to see and shop our favourites.

COS's now sold-out sandals

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Joy Montgomery

Charles & Keith Sandals (£59)

Shop High-Street Square-Toe Sandals

These have been arguably the shoes of the summer. 

One of our editor says these are the comfiest sandals she owns (aside from Tevas).

These come in yellow and snake print too.

Next up, see our guide to the key sandal trends for spring/summer 2019.