WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT
Effortless sandals that are easy to wear every day by The Row, Bottega Veneta and Dear Frances.
Chanel’s velcro strap sandals continues as a summer favourite.
For fear of sounding terribly British, the weather we’re having in the UK has, until late, sucked. It rained for the duration of May. Some were convinced we were having an early autumn. Luckily, the forecast is looking up, and a single ray of sun has us dreaming of open-toed shoes. The kind you can throw on without too much thought, and look terribly, effortlessly chic in. Whether you’re time-poor and can’t face deliberating over ‘what-to-wear’, or you just need something simple for lazy Sunday afternoons – these ten effortless sandals can be thrown on with ease and trusted to work, even if the weather can’t (unless you’re lucky enough to live somewhere the sun can be relied upon. Lucky you.) From J.W. Anderson and Gianvito Rossi to Suicoke and The Row, these are the best throw-on sandals of summer 2021. Just add sun.
THE MODERN ONE
Want kudos with your fashion friends? Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato leather slides will score you more than a few style points. A modern classic with real wardrobe staying power.
THE STRAPPY ONE
When it comes to dainty, elegant shoes, few do it better than Gianvito Rossi. Simple but pretty, these black barely-there sandals are the essence of easy-to-wear.
THE KNOTTED ONE
Dear Frances ‘Tye’ Slide was the pair we never knew we needed, until lately, we can’t live without. With knotted leather straps, this pair is chic, stylish and oh-so easy to wear.
THE CULT ONE
This one you’ve might seen coming, but thank (blame) Chanel for the start of the dad sandal hype. The velcro strap sandals quickly reached cult status and continues their winning streak in 2021. Get yours while you can.
THE FLATFORM ONE
Balenciaga’s classic logo sliders now come with a understated 2 inch platform, making them even better for city wear. Slide on a pair under your tailored trousers for a refined take on the hyped pool slide trend.
THE FLIP-FLOP ONE
It’s no exaggeration to say that The Row’s Ginza flip flops are an era-defining shoe. So chic it almost hurts, their minimal styling means they’ll work with pretty much everything in your wardrobe.
THE ANKLE STRAP ONE
We’ve been head-over-heels (and flats) over Rosie HW’s collaboration with Gia, the subtle toe ring sandals is no exception. This pair we want to wear with our tailored blazers, tank tops and chunky jeweller. Á la Rosie, of course.
THE SPORTY ONE
The Row’s ‘Hook and Loop II’ sandals are sporty, functional and stylish. You can wear them anywhere – from coffee with the girls to a gentle hike and back again. Plus, they come in three different colours.
THE EMBELLISHED ONE
Embellished, but not in a way that makes them fussy. J.W. Anderson’s cult chain leather slides are our go-to for statement-making every-day wear.
THE CHUNKY ONE
The love of chunk has infiltrated almost every corner of our wardrobes – from trainers and bags to oversized jackets. Now, sandals. Look to Ganni for big-soled shoes that aren’t so OTT they’ll dominate your look – they can be worn with basically anything.
THE ALTERNATIVE ONE
A great transitional shoe, The Row’s caged sandals can be worn with silk socks on cooler days, or bare feet when the sun’s out in full force. We love the relaxed, slightly arty look of a fisherman’s sandle. A real catch.
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