The raffia sandal has traded up: sleek incarnations now work way beyond the beach. Be it a rope-detail wedge, a bejeweled slip-on or an ankle-wrap espadrille, nothing says ‘summer’ quite like an effortlessly whimsical sandal. The overarching cultural shift towards sustainability has compelled fashion designers, including Simone Rocha, J.W. Anderson, Chanel and Stella McCartney, towards earth tones and materials like organic cotton, raffia, and rope, finding new ways to work rustic charm into footwear offerings.
Simple, stylish, and comfortable, a flat slide or slip-on mule is the perfect throw-on-and-go staple and anything but basic: think crystal embellishment, fringing, and crystal-trimmed rope detail, fresh from the SS20 runways. Paired with artfully scalloped-edge shorts or a youthfully boho white prairie dress (Isabel Marant), it’s possible to keep the festival spirit alive despite travel plans remaining on hold. Did someone say garden party for one? Times are challenging but simple pleasures are a must.
Above, find ten summer sandals in natural materials – from flats to the classic wedge – that are worth wearing everywhere over the coming months. There really is no need to dig to the deepest depths of your wardrobe and pull out last year’s dust-covered flip-flops: price points work for modest budgets to seriously blow-out…
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