WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT
Bare your toes this spring in effortless sandals that work hard for you.
As a team, at 5 inch and up we’re always on the hunt for the illusive ‘perfect’ shoe. But perfection is subjective – one woman’s kitten heel heaven is another woman’s impractical hell. We dispute that there’s such a thing as the perfect pair of sandals – instead, we’re embracing the differences that make some opt for nylon flatforms, and others strappy heels, with our guide to finding the perfect sandals for you. Inundated with new-season edits and shoppable Instagram feeds, it’s all too easy to get sucked into the trend vortex. Instead, for us, the perfect everyday sandal is something versatile that will get us from A to B in comfort and style. We’ve broken it down into a few key considerations, so you can bare your toes this spring without sacrificing aesthetics for practicality.
HEEL – When considering sandal height, you need to place them in the context of your routine. As many of us live in cities, our everyday sandals need to be able to tackle urban terrain as much as they do the beach. If you’re as likely to wear them on your commute as you are to a weekend brunch, you want a heel that won’t cause you hassle on the tube, but that you won’t feel underdressed in at Balthazar. If you’re comfortable in flats, great. If not, a pair of medium block heels or stacked flatforms like these by Prada and Ann Demeulemeester combine height with comfort. Alternatively, look to Stella McCartney, APC or Gabriela Hearst for classic but no less comfortable everyday styles.
SILHOUETTE – The term ‘sandal’ is a catch-all phrase for an endless catalogue of silhouettes. From chunky mules to strappy sandals, the one thing they generally have in common is an open upper. When hunting for your everyday pair, don’t get distracted by the allure of ‘hot’ trends. If you’re the sort of woman who’s always running late, opt for shoes with straps that will keep them on (as you break into a gentle jog), like these by The Row. If your everyday is more leisurely, flat mules by Loewe and Jil Sander are versatile, understated and chic. Whilst Bottega Veneta’s mules continues as the season’s It-heel, you might want something with a little more staying-on power for everyday. Look to Manu Atelier, Proenza Schouler and Studio Amelia for ankle-strap heels that won’t slip.
WARDROBE – Ultimately, an everyday sandal needs to work with what you already have in your wardrobe. Whilst few women we know have perfectly curated wardrobes of warm-weather pieces that work together seamlessly (hello, we live in Northern Europe), there’s no point investing in a pair of Simone Rocha’s UH-mazing platform sandals if your wardrobe consists largely of classic tailoring. Think about what you’re going to wear regularly with your sandals, and opt for something versatile in neutral colours to go with it.
DESIGNER – Some iconic designer styles are investment pieces, and you’re guaranteed that they’ll become a regular feature of your everyday look. For maximum cost-per-wear, Saint Laurent’s leather sliders and Hermes iconic sandals are both tried-and-tested classics that will fit into any wardrobe. Alternatively, if you’re looking for contemporary designers to invest in, check out Wandler, Jacquemus and By Far for everyday sandals with an in-the-know edge.
TRENDS – The question of trends and their throwaway nature means they should always be approached with caution. When considering a trend-led purchase, ask yourself whether they suit your day-to-day style, and whether they’re practical for your routine. If you already have a solid foundation shoe wardrobe, now might be the time to invest in a trend-led update – as long as you’ll actually wear them. This season’s most notable trends span dad sandals (like these by Prada or Chanel), thongs (see Gianvito Rossi and The Row), and square toes (Bottega Veneta, we’re looking at you). Ultimately, the most important thing is that you regularly wear and love your new sandals, whether they’re classics or avant-garde design pieces. It’s time to pour yourself an Aperol and soak up some sun, in the perfect sandals for you.
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