I’m shopping for black sandals – the one pair of shoes missing from my summer 2020 wardrobe. My last, beloved pair, from French Connection, gave up the ghost last year. I was devastated. I like what I like, so when I find a pair I really love I want them to last forever.
It’s been easy to go without during lockdown, but as that eases and I start to wear more than 10% of my wardrobe, stepping out of the house, I need to replace them.
My last black sandal was a chunky flatform.
Searching for sandals
It would be fairly easy to look for a replacement. However, there is a trend that has caught my eye while I’ve been shopping for black sandals this summer.
The rise of the more sporty, utility sandal is gathering apace this summer. It’s not a new trend, I know. I remember seeing them on social media last year, but I dismissed them quickly as not for me. Prada has a pair most ‘would die for’, but I’ve never been that cool.
Of course, now I’m filtering ‘black flat sandals’ in my online shop, I’m finding that high street retailers have followed suit. If I’m totally honest, I’m starting to like them.
I really like the Teva range and there’s something about the Dune pair here that I like, which is so surprising, because they couldn’t be further from my usual choice! Of course, there are lots of different colour combinations available if you’re interested. Marks and Spencer has a fun animal print pair.
I think it’s the chunky, solid, practical look of the utility sandal that appeals to me. Yet, that’s what put me off when I saw them last year. Too clumsy, too sporty, too sensible!
Procrastinating over a new pair
It makes me laugh that I’ve come around! Have I been influenced? You bet. I’m tempted. So much so, I’ve created a Pinterest board, collating images of how these babies look with outfits. See it here.
Still, I am hovering over the favoured style I owned previously. Admittedly, it’s a similar style, but I think more dressed up, less hitchhiker. Here’s a selection of other black sandals, similar to the ones I lost.
From this selection I really like the &Other Stories pair and Zara (not included here) has a very similar pair currently available.
Hopefully I won’t procrastinate too long, or summer will be over. I like the utility look, but I also really like a little added height when it comes to shoes, which a flatform sandal affords me.
Do I follow my instinct or the latest trend? I think I’ll end up going for the latter to be honest. In my heart, a flash in the pan trend isn’t for me or my purse. What would you do? Does a utility sandal have a place in your wardrobe?
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