New Classics

For a few seasons chunky, somewhat ugly sandals have been trending; thick straps and even soles thicker were everywhere. The trend for heavy-set sandals is still going strong, however this summer there is a shift back to more classic footwear in the form of gladiator sandals, clogs and espadrilles. Whilst I’ve enjoyed the foot-cushioning charms of a fugly sandal, the timeless charm of espadrilles is refreshing. Originating from 14th century Spain, you can’t get more classic than the humble espadrille. Their roughhewn quality speaks of carefree, summer days in continental Europe. However, the massive breadth of colours, prints and shapes means espadrilles can work anywhere.

Heavy-weight designer brands including Gucci, Valentino and Dolce + Gabbana have brought out their version of the summer staple. They’re also all over the high street, making the trend accessible to all. I’ll be wearing mine with the long, flowing frocks that I can’t get enough of right now, but they also look great with jeans or tailored shorts.

Clockwise from top left: River Island, Soludos, Dolce and Gabanna, Gucci, Aquazzura, Soludos

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