The one thing I forgot to pack was a pair of flip flops!
I thought I had left a pair in the flat but when I got here I realized that my trusty 10 year old pair of Havaianas had discoloured and I had to bin them. I also always forget that sandals that may look fantastic in London feel a bit too heavy when you are away on holiday.
I adore wearing slides in London but find them too clumpy here in Spain. The same is true of leather mules; I brought a couple of pairs out with me but every evening I put them on and take them off! It is just too harsh a look and I prefer a satin sandal or an embellished flat.
Having scoured the market these are my favourites:
Lets start with Havaianas, I still swear by these on the beach as there is nothing worse than sand burn in the summer, and these flip flops always seem to protect your feet well.
The brand has come on a lot from the old days and these are some of my favourites from the current season. I have ordered a pair which are customised, I found the seller on Ebay and they cost me £46.
I prefer a simple white or black pair.
Tibi do a wonderful pair called the Bryan and they are on sale now.
The brand Newbark is as beautifully finished as the The Row but a fraction of the price, these are from the previous season but there are a few sizes still available but you will have to search, I haven’t found my size yet. ATP also have a wonderful pair.
The Tory Burch option at £60 is also really tempting.
I also love the simple pair below from Ipanema, and at £18 currently, are a real find.
Kate Spade always issue a wonderful range of simple flip flops every season.
As soon as I get back to London, I am ordering the Mon Fred ones below as they are water resistant, yet stylish and the ones I will be investing in are at £55 and fairly priced.
I have also got my eye on these simple gold ones from Ancient Greek Sandals.
I think the simpler the better. I have owned a pair of the much lauded Hermes flats and the Chanel ones, neither which of worked for me. The Hermes I find too narrow and I find Chanel shoes very uncomfortable. The Real Real has the widest list of designer flats if you do want to pick up a pair. I spotted the sold out Chloe sandals. I even spotted these ones below and added the link to my edit further down.
The old me would have been all over the Chanel chain sandal, now I just think it’s a gimmick and a city trend that will never work in the sunshine as the sandals are too heavy. I think it is an age thing, I know it is a passing trend and not one to spend nearly a £1k on. Also next summer the preloved market will be awash with these as the ‘in’ crowd move on to the next thing.
I am sticking to simple flip flops and a pair of embellished flats in the evening, Numero 21 have a brilliant edit and you can find lots of exquisite ones on Vestiaire Collective.
I also spotted a pair of new Stuart Weitzman sandals on at just £70. Alternatively, check out these embellished ones now slashed to clear. The Real Real is the place to look for top designer satin and statement heels.
Also have a look at Coggles, they have a wide edit of brands like Charlotte Olympia on sale, I bought the pair below.
To recap, a simple pair of nude flip flops, my top tip is Tkees or Mon Fred, add to this to a flat embellished pair in satin (The Real Real has the best selection). Also, one pair of heeled sandals would be my top tip for holidays. Satin is just lighter, works better, and they will elevate any outfit.