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.
Costs from £15-35 (depending on the model) from Amazon
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 love the ‘flat’ Havaianas, which are the ones on the left on the photo below – I was able to buy them last season in Portugal and Spain (in silver/grey and rose gold) and if you look closely, you will see that the ‘thongs’ are shorter than the normal slim ones. The look different on the foot and I find them more comfortable. I have searched the web for you and was able to find them on Amazon (ha!) – but not in the original colour.
I also like the new ones which look a bit less plastic – the model is called ‘New Metallic‘ – they come in different colours, so there is something for everyone.
Handmade Greek Slider Sandals
Costs from €40 from Etsy
I have been discovering the delights of Etsy over the past year and have really found wonderful little gems – from handmade shoes and clutches, to the most beautiful handmade door wreaths (which has nothing to do with shoes, but I am also obsessed with them).
I love my slide sandals which I ordered recently (and have 2 versions of – one cheaper for ‘less stable terrain’ and one more expensive, because they, well, can be worn at nicer hotels).
Pom Pom Sandals
Costs £85 from Luisa Via Roma
One of the trends of the season… but I found it difficult to find a pair that wasn’t ‘crazy’ – from all the sandals above, you may gather that my taste for shoes is quite.. simple. But I found this pair at Luisa Via Roma (a fabulous designer website which is worth having a look as sometimes there are some price arbitrage between them and say Net-a-Porter, Farfetch or My Theresa… and also they have slightly different colours, as these vary per market).
These are called Mumbai Pompom leather sandals and are very reasonably priced at £85, so if you get tired of them after a season or so, it isn’t the end of the world.
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.
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