So it’s that time of year again. The beginning of the ‘time to get your legs out’ and ‘hurray, let’s show some toes’ season … and don’t even get me started on the ‘bikini body ready’ nonsense. I like sunshine as much as the next person, but oh dear God, the pressure of it all when you’re trying to manage skin, control exposure and still look as on trend as everyone else. Honestly, it’s enough to make me think wistfully of a bleak, windswept, rainy November!
However seasons change and so do our wardrobes, and although I practically have to be wrestled sobbing from my beloved boots, even I have to admit that it’s time to start looking at shoes. Sigh! Shoes are hard! They are! It’s easy to find comfortable, stylish, flat boots each Autumn, but looking for a summer equivalent is a much trickier proposition. Add to that the need for concealing red, inflamed skin and frankly the whole exercise can be very stressful indeed. So hopefully today, I will give you some ideas of what may work and ease the shopping trip for you.
Today’s search was focused on the type of shoe that you can wear easily day to day. The sort of shoe that you can wear on the school run, going out to lunch, that you can wear to the office or dress down at the weekend. My flat boot counterpart in other words. Starting with this gorgeous little number that was pointed out to me by my ultra-glamorous neighbour! Can I find them online? Of course not! But they were purchased in Clarks very recently and also come in black. With a zip opening at the back and specially padded soles, she says they are the ultimate in comfort. Love these! I am definitely going to be stalking Clarks in search of a pair!
Slides seem to be just as popular this year and in their favour they generally have a wide enough band to ensure plenty of foot cover. Personally I find them too flat, but I know that for many of you they are the Holy Grail of Comfort. I particularly like this Amersham leather slide sandal from new kids on the block, Finery London
Same brand, but with some added height and even more coverage this time, is the Leander leather ankle strap sandal. I’m imagining that these might also be a good option for anyone with psoriatic arthritis as they appear quite roomy, but also have support at the ankle. Certainly the soles look comfortable enough to wear if psoriasis on the soles of the feet is an issue.
And for those who prefer a decent heel, the Lotus leather open shoes provide plenty of coverage without losing the summer vibe.
Tan sandals are always a great investment as it’s a colour that will never go out of fashion and looks so good every year. I spotted these sandals on one of the team during my trip to San Francisco last month and literally pounced on her for information. I cannot tell you how stunning these look in real life and I was assured that wearing them was akin to wearing a pair of slippers. At that stage, they couldn’t be found anywhere, but hey! They’re back in stock. I won’t lie – these are not a cheap option if you need to ship from the US, but if you have friends or family who could get them for you, then trust me! These are a must-buy!
And finally, I suppose I should add these in too. The Suede Cuff Lace Up sandals. Let me be completely honest with you. I truly hate this style of shoe. I think they all look cheap and nasty and hugely uncomfortable – even the designer originals which spawned the craze. But for some reason (totally beyond me) they are the shoe ‘du jour’ this summer, so if this style floats your boat, (and to be fair, they'd do a good job at concealing skin) this is the Marks & Spencer offering this year
Tell me! Have you got your summer shoe sorted yet? Is there a style that I’m missing that would make the sandal challenge a little more bearable? I’d love to know.
I’ll be back later this week with details of some cute new jackets and also a recent photo shoot which included a bare-chested young male model. Ye Gods! The things I do …