I live in flat sandals and I am delighted that designers have been listening to us – what can I wear on a beach holiday that looks smart yet is super practical? I like having options and here are my top 5 flat sandal suggestions for your next luxury beach holiday.
Hermes Oran Flat Sliders
Costs £445 from Hermes stores
(you can get 20% off if you fly from London Heathrow to a non-EU destination and get extra Heathrow Rewards points)
Probably one of the most timeless slider sandal model ever – and most discreet too. I have had mine for a few years and I love them. They are perfect for breakfast and going to the pool (I do try to keep them away from the sand) – and they still look brand new. They new available in multiple colours and there is also a version with a heel.
Canfora ‘Gail’ sandals (handmade in Capri)
Costs €149.00 from Canfora
I have been buying these for almost 5 years – but worry not, I just buy a new colour each season. And the older ones, look as fabulous as the newer ones. Beautifully handmade in Capri, their worldwide shipping service works very well. When I ordered my first pair, they immediately sent me a second one without waiting for me to return them. As an anecdote, a reader was in Capri recently and asked me if I needed another pair… turns out I couldn’t resist. And if you happen to be there, they actually cost €100 only.
You can choose the flat ones (I have them in cognac and gold), with a mid-size heel and wedge (I have those in silver and cognac). They are pretty perfect.
Leticia Sandals from La Portegna
Costs £120 from La Portegna
I love love love my Leticia sandals (named after the queen of Spain) from this boutique Spanish brand I found on Marylebone High Street recently. Simplicity at best – and super comfortable. I bought them in navy and I will buy a pair in tan as they really are chic and I haven’t seen anyone else wearing them!
I still think there is a time and a place for everything and every woman should have a couple of pairs of Havaianas in their beach closet. What I like about them is that they have been very good at changing their collection every year and make it more interesting. I have had a pair of ‘sand coloured’ slim Havaianas for about 10 years, and recently have been able to add some new ones.
I also like the new ones which look a bit less plastic and they come in different colours, so there is something for everyone.
When you want to give the Havaianas a break, these leather Melissa Odabash flip-flops are chic and will get you pretty much anywhere. They aren’t that expensive, so a bit of sand will not really hurt them (and they offer 15% discount if you sign up for emails). I have mine in bronze and they are lovely. They come in a variety of shades.
Note there is a small issue with the sizes for European shoe lovers – 37 is the smallest size, but it is in fact a 36 (which is a 3.5UK and 6 USA). It says 37 = US6, which is not the case, so just order a size bigger if you are using the European scale).
So here are my suggestions – bar one, all the flat sandals I have chosen are timeless and I honestly do not think you can go wrong. And if you need the perfect travel tote, you can find it here.