If you’re a hardcore brogues and loafers fan like me, the arrival of summer either marks a complete change in your footwear habits (I tend to live in leather sandals) or months of very sweaty feet. Or perhaps you’re like my friend Jo. She has a thing about toes. She doesn’t like them (not even her own!), so the prospect of summer with its open toes and pedicures galore fills her with dread.
But last summer I discovered the PERFECT summer shoe for tomboys and toe-phobes alike: the cut-out. These shoes allow you to keep hold of your mannish aesthetic while getting some ventilation around your feet. The pair I bought last year were from Y.M.C. and are available again this year in navy or tan suede. 

Punk sandal, £195, youmustcreate.com (BUY ME HERE!)

I sometimes refer to this closed-toe sandal style as ‘geek shoes’ (you can exaggerate this by wearing them with socks) and it’s a trend that has lived on for another year. I lived in mine last summer, so am very tempted to get some more. These by Northern Cobbler are BEAUTIFUL – I love the brogue detailing on the straps. And for a cheaper option, head to good old Topshop.

Nibblefish, £210, northerncobbler.com (BUY ME HERE!)
Kendra, £52, topshop.com (BUY ME HERE!)

Seeing as I already have a pair like this, though, maybe it would be more sensible (and less greedy) to purchase a pair of the new breed of breathable shoes. These are more substantial lace-ups with panels of leather missing or, in the case of these beauties from Paul Smith, perforated holes in the leather. Either way, they’ll keep your feet and your outfit cool; a brilliant investment for the androgynous dresser.

Frank, £270, paulsmith.co.uk (BUY ME HERE!)
Charlotte, £135, swear-london.com (BUY ME HERE!)
Minimarket lace-ups, £190, shoescribe.com (BUY ME HERE!) also available in navy
Hotel Image, £65, clarks.co.uk (BUY ME HERE!)

6 thoughts on “ Ventilation, that’s what you need ”

  1. Those Northern Cobbler ones are very cute. I lived in Saltwater sandals all last summer, I indulged and ordered another colour for this summer. Though it doesn’t fulfill the requirement of hiding toes. We live near the seaside though, and being able to walk straight in without taking shoes off is pretty incredible.

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