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Buy it now: wellness sandals for every budget



Jean Shrimpton by Bailey 1972

I hope you enjoyed my shorts and sweaters post. If you missed it, it’s here.

We’re now in peak shorts season and with that… sandals. ‘Wellness sandals’ are still going strong, either the footbed versions or the retro pancake-flat leather variety. Did you know you should vary your heel heights to optimise foot health? I was told this years ago in my Converse-everyday wearing days, and obviously didn’t listen. But it’s true, you should vary between flat and elevated, to give your feet the best workout.

Anyway, the sale notifications have started to ping so now is a good time to shop. Whether you’re into Birkenstocks, Tevas, Ancient Greeks, or M&S equivalents, there are lots of sensible sandals to accompany the shorts.

While Birkenstock Arizonas* were the indoor shoe of lockdown spring, I also like them as a smart outdoor sandal with a classic red or magenta pedi. (Side note: if you’re looking for the best foot file in the world, get this Margaret Dabbs one.) I also like the minimalist Birkenstock Madrid slide with its clean single bar silhouette. The cork sole* (£56) is the old school version, and the all-black*  (£220) is the luxe version. The one-colour cross-strap Sienna slide (£310) is also very appealing in black.

M&S has quite a few classic footbed sandals around the £20-£30 with some on sale now. I like these M&S Collection navy leather ones (currently £18) or slightly jazzier, these animal-print leather sandals (currently £36). Or for something super-nostalgic, there are these flat leather sandals in tan and red (currently £23.60).

Church’s seems to be dipping a toe in the footbed pool with these rugged multi strap sandals, while Suicoke* from Japan is the chic version of a Teva sandal with its moulded footbed but more refined silhouette. I prefer the thinner soled variety to the chunky platform ones.

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IMAGE: Jean Shrimpton by David Bailey
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My favourite classic, heritage-style shoes for winter in the city



Chapter 2 Jackdaw boots

Two great footwear brands to know if you’re into the heritage workwear look. (Plus a reminder of one you probably know already.)

I love the classic Paraboot Michael shoe, but at £315 it’s an investment purchase. More affordable is another French brand, Klemen, whose unisex workwear shoes were originally made for firefighters and the military. That should give you an idea of their utilitarian credentials.

The Padror Derby is the one to go for, unchanged in style since the eighties. (more…)



Positive fashion: Flaneurz



Flaneurz rollerskate sneakers

Imagine all the possibilities of being able to clip wheels onto any shoe. That’s the premise behind Flaneurz, a brilliantly bonkers (yet strangely practical) concept that lets you turn your specially adapted Nikes, Vans or Doc Martens into rollerskates. Choose from the range they offer online or submit images of your favourite trainers and they will adapt them as part of their custom Change Your Shoes service. (more…)