I’m not proud of this fact, but I have to admit that sometimes I succumb to being a trend follower. It’s hard not to be when you work in this industry, I guess. Seeing so much newness all the time—at fashion week or the new-in sections—can really make you want to try out trending things that might be out of your comfort zone, which isn’t always a bad thing. There’s also the repeated exposure to cult items worn by influencers and fellow editors, which can so easily brainwash you into thinking you absolutely need that piece in your life. Take those Chanel double-strap sandals, for example. I’m not even sure I like them, but after seeing so many of my favourite women styling them up with cool outfits, I couldn’t help but start thinking I needed to save for them myself.
This summer, though, I’m making a conscious effort to really think through any purchases I make. I’ve recently done a spring clean of my wardrobe and realised the pieces I love most and turn to year after year are the anti-trend classics. Especially since entering my 30s, I’m really leaning towards those more grown-up, timeless pieces—you know, the kind that chic 50-year-old French women have been wearing for years.
And so, when it came to picking which sandal tribe to join this year, I decided to go against the grain and back to basics. I’ve been searching for a pair of minimalist leather sandals with no chunky buckles, padding or flatform soles, just a classic style I’ll feel confident pulling out year after year.
Along the way, I’ve come across some really beautiful pairs that, personally, I think elevate a simple summer outfit better than any “trendy” sandal ever could. I mainly focused on those mid-range to high-end brands that offer the long-lasting quality I’m looking for. But the high street wasn’t without winners, and I found particularly special pairs at the likes of COS, Arket and & Other Stories, which all balance quality and affordability.
Keep scrolling, then, to see and shop 20 simple, timeless sandals you’ll never regret adding to your collection.
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