Meet Shark. Shark is a brand new sandal style from Salt-Water sandals and I LOVE it! If you’re not familiar with Salt-Water, I’ll get you up to speed. Founded by Walter Hoy in St Louis, U.S.A during the leather shortage after World War II, Salt-Water originally used scraps of leather that were left over from making military boots to make its sandals. They are also completely waterproof, as the leather is coated in a sealant and the buckles are rust-proof. So they’re brilliant if, like me, you spend a lot of your summer swimming in the British sea (not exactly white sandy beaches) or fishing for mackerel from a small boat (I admit, I have only done this twice, but I plan to do it again and I will be wearing Salt-Water sandals when I do it).
Anyway, the Shark is a style that has been discovered in the archives and is new for this summer. It’s a more traditional fisherman-style of sandal (the enclosed toe is what makes it a fisherman sandal) and that makes it more versatile than the more traditional sandals style that you might be used to from Salt-Water.
(hardcore Salt-Water fans shouldn’t panic – there are still LOADS of colours on offer in the original style!)
They’re available in four colours – black, navy, silver and white – and I’ve already ordered mine in navy. I’ll be wearing them with turned up jeans and Breton stripes (OBVS!) but what I love about them is that they’ll also look great with socks. With tights, even – if they’re of the thick, ribbed variety. Oh, and you can wear them swimming/in the rain/to a festival and they’ll still look good as new. What’s not to love?