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How To Make Sandals Work For Autumn

10th September 2020

WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT

Get ready to fall for socks with sandals and layering up this season. 

bottega veneta lido sandals
Give your Bottega Veneta’s Lido sandals some extra miles with socks.
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Pair Chanel’s cult sandals with thicker socks.

The September issues have hit the stands, and technically, it’s officially autumn. But we’re not ready to let go of summer or pack away our sandals just yet. Apart from the occasional deluge, this time of year is generally pretty mild, with forecasts even for sun. Make the season flirty and enjoy what’s left of the warm(ish) weather by baring your toes in sandals. A few clever styling tricks mean you can take your Bottega mules and Chanel it-shoes for a final hurrah, even when the temperature drops. From your favourite barely-there heels to styling out chunky sandals in cold weather, here’s how to get some extra mileage out of your favourites this fall. 

SOCKS WITH SANDALS
Socks with sandals are a ‘thing’ (whether you like it or not). Not only a practical way to avoid cold feet, but a bold style statement that takes some chutzpah to pull off. Team gauzy socks with strappy heels, chunky ankle socks with dad sandals, or knee-highs with retro-inspired platforms for a Prada-esque look. Consider keeping the rest of your outfit streamlined, to avoid looking totally eccentric (unless, of course, that’s your aim). More details on sassy sock styling here. 

TEAM TROUSERS
Whether it’s silky cuffed cargo trousers with a pair of The Row’s flatforms, or wide-leg suit trousers with a barely-there heel, keep toes exposed by balancing a bare foot with a well-concealed leg. It’ll keep out the chill. Unless, of course, your flared pants are split, in which case, bare all. 

LAYER UP
Fall weather is notoriously changeable. Stay warm in sandals by teaming your favourite chunky flats with super chic, minimal layers – think heavy knits, cashmere and turtlenecks with slip dresses and palazzo pants. At the other end of the spectrum, these feather-trimmed Malone Souliers heels would look great with a silk skirt and heavy knitwear. Basically, layers mean that if the temperature drops, you can compensate for cold piggies elsewhere. And there’s something about the contrast between a layered outfit and an open toe that’s super chic. 

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HAUTE HOSIERY
Forget what you think you know. It is, in fact, Ok to wear tights with sandals. A runway regular at Miu Miu, Balenciaga and Celine, do it with intention and try kitschy patterned tights like these by Gucci. Alternatively, team black semi-sheers with black sandals, or The Attico’s party shoes in shocking jewel tones. Look for tights without darker, reinforced toes to avoid an unsightly phalange situation. The seams will make your deliberately alternative get-up look like a mistake. 

HAVE A CONTINGENCY 
Given the variable nature of autumn weather, it’s important to have a plan B. If you’ve got an event and you’re outfit planning, think about a closed toe alternative you can call in last minute should the heavens open. Keep a pair of practical boots or trainers at your desk or in your car when you’re out and about. It’s good to have backup in case of a shoemergency. 

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