The season for open toed shoes is upon us. Whilst this can seem a daunting prospect for those of us who have neglected our poor toes during the long, winter months, we can rest safe in the thought that this season's footwear is more stylish... and comfortable than ever.
Flip flops are no longer uncomfortable plastic thong creations, we are done with the blister inducing sandals for internationally known brands such as Havaianas and Birkenstock are supplying us with gorgeous styles that are oh-so-summer-appropriate. Sensible footwear just got a lot more stylish.
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The humble flip flop can be adapted to a number of summer trends, but it lends itself particularly well to the tribal look that swept the catwalks during fashion week. Ankle ties and feathers will transform your flip flops into the perfect afro-centric accessory.
Havaianas have always given us the coolest and most sought after flip flops on the market, and this year they're shaking things up. Slightly heeled versions in on trend neon shades with ankle detailing bring a bolt of excitement onto the summer shoe scene. Our pick is the Flash Urban pop rose sandal, with a circular ankle strap as an elegant alternative to the standard flip flop.
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The colour range available at Havaianas is vibrant, with their Brazilian roots inspiring a palette that resembles a tropical beach scene. Sunshine yellow, sky blue, tree green and fresh orange come together to form a collection that could put a summer smile on anyone's face.
Another popular type of sandal is the Birkenstock. Their range is always full of bright colour sandals. But what really has us ready with debit card in hand is that Birkenstocks are actually good for your feet!
With shapes that mirror the natural bend of your foot and a strong arch support, these beauties will improve your posture, reduce leg and back ache, and aid common ailments such as over-pronation, all whilst coordinating perfectly with your summer wardrobe. We're sold!
If those brands aren’t suited to your taste there is plenty of choice available out on the high street. Every shop has cottoned on to the fabulous-flip-flop trend, with stores opting for chic jewelled varieties.
Havaianas flash urban pop rose £18 Havaianas
Havaianas gold high straps £35 Havaianas
Birkenstock from £40 Birkenstock store
White leather gem sandals £28 Dorothy Perkins
Glitter and diamante jelly sandals £18 River Island at Asos