The summer season has officially begun. At last we're embracing alfresco outings, bare legs and exposed feet (pedicure pending). So what better time than now for a footwear shake-up? Find shoes that are as practical as they are statement-making and you'll wear them round the clock.
Step forward the classic sandal. This multi-tasker works for a myriad of warm-weather occasions, whether you're at work, city-stepping or partying all night. But which style to choose?
From pretty, embellished T-bars in soft suede to fine leather gladiators, the latest collection from Clarks has you covered. Whatever the setting, however dressed up or relaxed, the brand will make summer dressing an absolute breeze.
Let us show you how...
1. At a festival
If festival season fills you with panic about what to wear, worry not. A pair of breathable sandals are your BFF. When you're stomping through fields and partying into the wee hours, sweaty feet covered in blisters is not a good look.
Stay cool in a midi dress like this off-the-shoulder linen number and layer it over a vest top for an unique spin. Finish with a crossbody bag that's small enough not to get in the way, but big enough to hold all your essentials (ie: dry shampoo).
2. In the office
When you have mere minutes to catch the train to work, the last thing you want to be faffing with is overlapping laces. Sturdy but stylish sandals are a failsafe for stuffy days in the office and this comfy pair is just the ticket.
Our tip? Keep the rest of your outfit smart—you don't want your boss thinking you didn't make an effort this morning. Sharp silhouettes in monochrome always look professional and choose pieces that don't require the extra height of a heel. For a feminine twist, add a layer of gingham ruffles.
3. Out and about
Summer weekends are about letting go and shaking off your work clothes. Slide into suede sandals and you'll be ready for a lazy brunch with the girls and walking to wherever the day may take you.
If you're heading to your favourite avo-on-toast spot, opt for a loose-fitting outfit that gives you enough breathing space. Think voluminous trousers and a billowing vest top over a comfortable tee. It's a downtime look that's unassumingly chic without being too try-hard. Just remember to take an umbrella.
4. Evening cocktails
Still clinging to the notion that flat equals dressed down? Think again. The woman who wears flats for a night out knows she doesn't have to suffer to look good.
Go for strappy gladiators and team with a voluminous sleeve plus high-waisted jeans, and you've got yourself a sassy outfit that's perfect for cocktail-sipping in the sun. The contrast of black against an all-white look signals a different kind of confidence—just be sure to choose cropped trousers to show off your fancy footwear. Pop on some statement jewels and you're good to go.
Now, about that pedicure...
Step up your summer style with Clarks. Find out more and shop the all the new-season collections online now