Essential summer shoes

Shoes are a weak point for many people – Imelda Marcos being a case in point. But really, no one needs thousands of pairs of shoes.


I rely on just five pairs to take me through summer. They are a pair of slim Havaianas with a crystal in black that I’ve had for three years, a pair of faux Chanel ballet flats, a pair of black or navy slip-on sneakers, a staple ankle boot with a small heel – if I want to dress up my jeans – and a classic pair of black kitten heels for my more feminine pieces. That’s basically all you need. Believe me.


The latter two pairs are in good nick and don’t need replacing, but the Havaianas and the classic slip-on sneakers are dead, and the faux Chanels are on their last legs. I will look at replacing the Havaianas, as I know some people would never consider thongs as proper footwear.

This year, there are some fantastic summer sandals around, anything from slides to ankle straps, to embellished or metallic, to copies of the Birkenstock at various prices.


I love the look of this pair of metallic slides from Wittner, as they have a tiny heel and are available in either silver or black. If you prefer something with a heel, then this block heel may suit in black or even this lovely woven sandal in tan that has a mid heel, or this well priced classic slide that comes in six colours.


If you prefer a sandal with a strap for more support, then I would recommend this one from Betts.

My favourite shoe of the moment is this slip-on sneaker. Some companies refer to it as a slip-on plimsoll. I have three pairs: the black ones that need replacing, a pale gold pair and a navy pair. All three are just so comfortable for long walks, going to yoga and for everyday shopping. Mine have a white rubber sole, are safe in the wet and easy to keep clean.


You might prefer a more neutral shade, and this pretty-in-pink plimsoll is a great price. Or, if you are like me and are looking for a classic black for a great price, these could work for you. But I want mine with the white/cream sole, so I am looking at this pair from Betts with a perforated upper side, which I think is quite attractive.


While I was looking at the slip-on sneakers on the Asos website, I found a good variety of ballet flats, so I have chosen a few for you to take a look at, including this really cute embroidered pair in the palest of pinks; or the black version; or even this fab pair of leopard ballet flats. However, for me, I will go for these classic black ballet flats to replace the last ones I bought in London more than three years ago.


The options are endless this season, so take your time to do your research before you buy. It helps to decide whether you want investment shoes that may last for years on end or more affordable shoes that may be useful for several seasons.

Do you hang on to favourite shoes for years? Do you get them re-soled and fixed as required?

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