So yesterday I wrote about jellies – which I love – but there are lots of other bathing shoes out there too. Some are made from the same rubber as jellies but are in new and exciting shapes; some are the traditional fisherman sandal style of an old school jelly, but not made from rubber. All are completely waterproof. And like jellies, all just as good to wear when you’re not bathing as when you are. But I took some to the beach anyway, seeing as I was near one, and tried them out for myself in the sea and on the sand.
Ancient Greek Sandals
I’m a BIG fan of the traditional leather Ancient Greek Sandals – I have a couple of pairs in my wardrobe and they’ve done me proud for a good few summers now – but now the brand has launched its own version of the jelly shoe. I’m not going to lie, these look absolutely bonkers before you put them on, but once you’ve donned them and the wing hugs your ankle they look really, REALLY nice. Even my mum had to admit that they were incredibly flattering. They’re also really comfy and there’s no chance of them coming off in the sea because they’re attached with an ankle strap. These get a big thumbs up from me! Even though they are rather more pricey than the £14 jellies I featured on my last blog post…
This is a new brand for me and was a favourite with Mr Brogue and my auntie. They’re effectively a rubber pool slide with a sling back, and they come in some really great colour combinations. I wouldn’t advise wearing them in the sea as I think they would come off, but they’re brilliant to wear on the beach or by the pool. Oh, and the price tag is rather attractive, too: they’re just £20. So if you can’t decide what colour you want, you could justify getting two pairs…
I know plenty of you love Salt-Water, but it’s finally warm enough for me to properly wear my new Sharks and I have to say, I’m smitten. These are the new offering from the brand (well, I say “new”, but they’re actually from the archives) and they are a fisherman-style – so they look a bit more like a traditional pair of jellies. Only these aren’t made of rubber: the great thing about Salt-Water is that they are made from a specially coated leather and have rust proof buckles, as well as a rubber sole that grips, so they are totally suitable to wear in the sea, on a boat, or anywhere wet you happen to be going. They are also running a competition to win a pair, just by nominating your favourite beach walk. You can find the details for that here. Oh, and if you’d rather a more traditional sandals that shows your toes, Salt-Water has plenty of those, too.