It’s sad when something as simple as a crepe soled leather sandal makes you a bit short of breath whenever you think about it. But we fashion geeks are a sad bunch. Ever since I stumbled across these Clarks Originals last week (I was actually looking for sandals for Mr Brogue and was THRILLED when I discovered they don’t do these in men’s sizes!) I have been hoping for the sun to come out so I can convince myself that I do actually need to buy a new pair of sandals. I don’t, of course, but I won’t let a little thing like already owning at least ten pairs of sandals stop me!

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Kestral Soar sandals in tan, Β£49.99 (clarks.co.uk) BUY ME HERE!
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the crepe sole that resulted in shortness of breath…
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Kestral Soar sandals in chestnut, Β£49.99 (clarks.co.uk) BUY ME HERE!
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Kestral Soar sandals in white, Β£49.99 (clarks.co.uk) BUY ME HERE!

Not everyone is a fan of the school sandal style (Hilary Rose wrote about how much she hates them in yesterday’s Times) but I adore them. It’s not just because of the nostalgia attached – my mum would take me for a annual trip to Clarks for a navy pair for school – but that classic design will literally never go out of style, and best of all, these sandals are cheap!

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Helter sandals, Β£22 (topshop.com) BUY ME HERE!
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Carvela Kurly sandals, Β£29, reduced from Β£75 (kurtgeiger.com) BUY ME HERE!

Topshop, Kurt Geiger and John Lewis all have versions, and even if you think you’re normally priced out of the Toast catalogue, think again. It stocks Salt Water sandals which are very reasonably priced and come in a huge range of colours.

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Joplin sandals, Β£65 (johnlewis.com) BUY ME HERE!
Top tip: if you don’t like the T-bar, do what my mum used to and just take it off! Much better for tan lines…
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Salt Water sandals, Β£49 (toast.co.uk) BUY ME HERE!

One final thought: if you swooned over Miu Miu’s crystal embellished school sandals from the SS13 collection but can’t afford them, why not make your own? Get yourself to a hobby centre or haberdashery for some stick on crystals and do it yourself! I like Josy Rose’s black diamond diamante (here) or Stitch n Craft has a big range of Swarovski crystals (here). If you do try this out, please send me pictures!

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Miu Miu’s crystal sandals

10 thoughts on “ sensible sandals: practical AND cheap! ”

  1. Love the Clarks classic. Had them when I was a kid. Can smell the leather, feel the crepe sole and the noise it made on the polished lino corridors at school, and remember undoing and doing up that ankle buckle countless times!

  2. I have been wearing my Clarks’ Kestrel Soars in white here in Sydney ever since leaving the UK last summer and they have done me very well. Saltwater sandals are the big thing in the playgrounds here as mums and teeny weeny girls get about in matching pairs: yellow patent are my favourite of the Sydney summer just gone!

  3. I bought the KG Kurly sandals with a Β£20 money off thing from Elle a while ago and it was free P+P.So, Β£9 in total.(Β£9!!!).Which means I’ll be able to justify the Miu Miu ones…Sue

  4. I tried on the KG Kurly sandals last year – loved the styling on them and I really wanted a pair of white sandals but they weren’t as comfy on me as the pair of Carvela Kook sandals which I came away with instead. I love the Clarks Originals – I tried those on too but that was at the end of last summer. Maybe this year I will get my act together and get myself the white pair. Also the sole on them is much better than than the Topshop ones. Call it age but comfort is comfort :o)

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