It’s always the season for sandy beaches, salty air and vacation vibes. Whether you’re hitting the coastline for a date or walking your dog at sunrise, make sure you’ve got the perfect footwear style to accompany you. Crocs for paddling in the sea, wedges for seaside dinner dates, and sandals for day-to-day strolls. It can be hard to make the right choice when functionality is key, so we’re keeping it practical, comfortable and stylish. What will you wear to the beach this summer?
It’s hot, and you have places to be. Reach for supreme comfort and ultimate ease with a simple pair of classic flip-flops. Just slip on and go - there’s a reason these breathable sandals are so popular. The flat sole is ideal for sandy strolls and casual wear (we’re pairing ours with denim shorts). And remember - chains, pleating, tassels and pops of bright colour can add instant personality to your look.
But, if you’re going to be walking long distances at a time, we recommend something a little more hard-wearing than your traditional flip-flop. A small, block heel is perfect for comfortable day-long wear that won’t damage your natural foot arch. It might sound counterintuitive to wear a heel for comfort, but your feet will thank you in the long run.
Sometimes you just want to cool down and dip your toes in the water. Refresh yourself and let the waves crash against your ankles in stylish, water-safe shoes. Global brand Crocs are forever our go-to for casual, waterproof footwear and there’s a design to suit any style. With a mantra of ‘comfort being the key to happiness’, they focus on crafting lightweight and flexible sandals for ultimate practicality.
Most importantly, their carefully moulded rubber sole offers stability and relieves the arch of the foot. We’re reaching for a colourful variation for everyday duties like walking the dog and popping to the grocery store - the everyday unavoidable tasks where comfort is key.
Comfortable sandals don’t need to sacrifice style. For the fashion-conscious, there are plenty of options for statement shoes with functional designs. Opt for relaxed bohemian tassels and trimmings for casual/smart edits, or for more glamorous plans, floral applique offers a stand-out finish. More is more when looking for statement sandals, and there are plenty of style-wise brands to help you dress up whilst dressing down. Bellasiba is the perfect go-to for those beach-to-bar styles that offer the practicality needed for the sand and the design desired for nights out. One shoe for any occasion. Just add a killer beach dress.
We’re taking a note from the pages of a Brazilian footwear brand, Petite Jolie. Their natural breath-taking beaches and an extroverted culture fuse together and bring us the best collection of after-dark sandals. Practical, small block heels are still beach-side appropriate and they’re waterproof, too. They beg to be paired with feminine sundresses and pretty tops - their girly details and feminine designs elevate any look.
And if a block heel isn’t for you, reach for wedges. Still sand-friendly but with added height, they look great with shorter hemlines. Buckled styles offer stability when treading on uneven surfaces, and if you decide to continue your evening and hit a dance-floor, wedges will be easier to manage than classic heels.
Being by the beach doesn’t mean you’re limited to dresses and shorts. If you choose to wear some lightweight pants, we suggest pairing with flat, peep-toe shaped sandals for an elegant turnout. This Petite Jolie pair would look great paired with straight-cut pants and a breezy tank top for lunches out or sun-filled day trips.
So there you have it. Wherever you’re going, whatever you’re doing, whoever your plans are with… as long as it’s warm there’s a sandal out there for you.