Are sandals good for your feet?
When the summer arrives, it’s always a great feeling to banish your boots to the wardrobe. You’ll come to realize that these shoes aren’t the most foot-friendly options you can wear. Whether it be a lack of support, overtight straps, toe bumps and bruises, you need to choose your shoes wisely. Here are a few things you should consider based on your foot shape:
- For narrow feet: With ill-fitting sandals, narrow feet can be in danger from increased friction between the toes and the sides of the sandals, resulting in blisters. Look for an adjustable upper strap that will allow you to tighten the sandal if needed. This will relieve the pressure from your toes.
- For wide feet: Try to avoid sandals with side and/or upper covering. This can prevent the foot from pressing against the material and eventually hurting, and as an added bonus, avoiding the clumsy appearance of a tight-fitting sandal, whether that be red abrasions or visible marks on the skin. Opt for a style with an ankle or back strap.
How sandals should fit
Shopping for a comfortable pair of sandals is a little different from your ordinary shoe shopping. In a normal shoe the vamp (top part) fully covers the foot to ensure comfort and prevent foot injury. In a sandal, the support actually comes from the footbed and outsole, especially in open toe designs. Here are a few things to think about when looking for shoes that will fit comfortably:
- Heel height: To ensure a comfortable fit, wear a sandal with a heel height of around 1 inch. A slightly elevated heel accommodates the natural shape of your feet, decreasing the risk of pain in your arches.
- Heel fit: Make sure that the end of your heel has a couple of millimetres space between it and the rim of the shoe. This allows sufficient movement whilst walking. Because the rim of the shoes is a slightly uneven surface, treading on it continually may cause abrasions and blisters.
- Toe positioning: The rule of thumb – you should leave a thumbs nail space between the end of the toe box and your toe. But because open toe sandals don't have this restriction that conventional shoes do, the toe can rest closer to the edge of the sandal. With the heel fitting, leave a little space for the stitching at the rim of the shoe.
- Base of the foot: Once your toes and heels are positioned correctly on the footbed, check the space for the side of your feet. If you are hanging over the edge of the sandal, you may face problems with your ankles and an increased chance of tripping. Your foot should not be able move from side to side whilst you walk, otherwise you face the prospect of rolling over your ankle.
Are sandals business casual?
When it comes to office wear, the rules are generally all over the place. “Business casual” is the general guideline for most workplaces, but it can vary from industry to industry. Open toed shoes are considered an acceptable choice but be sure that the rest of the foot is covered. Strappy sandals are a controversial topic, let’s be honest – your work colleagues aren’t that particularly interested in your feet! It’s best to ask your colleagues their opinions before strutting around the office with your feet showing.
Can sandals be worn with socks?
A timeless conundrum: Do sandals really work with socks? The age old answer is that they’re a big fashion no-no. However, rocking the sock and sandal combination has seen a little renaissance in the last few years, raising eyebrows on the catwalk – and in a good way too. Here are a few ways that this controversial combo can work:
- Add a pair of socks into your favourite summer outfit (we’d go for wedges, a tee, and a skirt) to make it a little bit more appropriate for when fall arrives.
- Go for that cosy casual look, pair denim jeans with an oversized sweater, cute socks and flat sandals.
- If you prefer a dressier outfit, a pretty midi dress with slim socks and wedges or open-toe heels would be the perfect combination.
- For something more basic, try a crop top and jeans, and add a cool pair of socks and T-bar flat sandals for a unique twist.
- Go full on 90’s nostalgia with layers that mimic each other – socks and sandals, and a slip dress over a T-shirt.
Where to buy strappy flat sandals and more online
Discover a wide selection of cheap flat sandals in a host of stylish designs and colours in our online shop. Need an outfit to go with them? We have an extensive range of summer wear, from sundresses and tunics to bags and accessories. Feeling inspired? Shop your new summer shoe on Lesara!