|Why I’m really into these toe loop slides|
A few weeks ago on Instagram, I posted a picture of me wearing two different pairs of white sandals and asked my followers to decide which pair I should wear. On the right, a pair of Birkenstock Arizonas, and on the left, some beautiful leather toe loop sandals from Ancient Greek Sandals. “The ones on the left make you look like you just left A&E after an accident”, read one comment. “The one on the left looks like bandages!” chuckled another. I do love my followers for their honesty and sense of humour! But a couple of years ago I used to post pictures of Birkenstocks and people would comment on how ugly they were and much they hated them. Fast forward to 2018, and they won this particular vote because everyone’s realised how brilliant they are. However, there was a lot of love for the Ancient Greek “bandages” in the end, not least from me, so I wanted to revisit the toe loop style for this week’s Friday shopping fix. I think this is another classic shoe that will grow on you if you don’t already love it, and which you’ll revisit summer after summer.
1.Free People ‘Torrence’ sandals, from £58 (freepeople.com, also available in tan, orange, lilac, green and chocolate); 2. Next multi toe loop sandals, £26 (next.co.uk, also available in black); 3. Birkenstock ‘Yara’ sandals, £65 (birkenstock.com, also available in pink, red and blue)
I have two pairs of the ‘Ligia’ Ancient Greek Sandals – white (pictured, top) and tan – and I absolutely love them. The tan pair have been knocking around for about six years, and have survived, amongst other things, a trip into a swimming pool in the Loire Valley. The key to their success, as well as being really well made, is their simplicity; the design feels ancient (no pun intended), while at the same time being completely contemporary with their minimalism. I’ve featured a slightly different style below (8), but Ligia is still available in 8 colours (here).
This minimal toe loop sandal is a big hit with many of the stylish women and fashion bloggers I follow on Instagram (Funda Chrisophersen and Alexis from Sylememos have both been rocking them this week), and is particularly popular (and less bandage-y) in black leather. Miista (5), Topshop (15) and Arket (11) all have a good offering at the moment, and I love this faux snake print from & Other Stories (9).
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7. Kurt Geiger ‘Deliah’ sandals, £69 (kurtgeiger.com, also available in beige and gold); 8. Ancient Greek Sandals ‘Alysis’ sandals, €155 (ancient-greek-sandals.com, also available in silver and natural); 9. & Other Stories curved toe strap sandals in snake print, £69 (stories.com, also available in black)
If you’d rather find something with a slightly more delicate design, there are lots of strappy options out there too. See Kurt Geiger (7), Mango (10), Vagabond (12) and Office (13) for details. While the chunkier, minimal style make a great city sandal because they’re a bit sturdier, these multi-strap ones are better for the beach and holidays, especially Vagabond’s pink or blue metallic option.
And for something a bit different, head to Clarks, which has expanded its brilliant Trigenics line (so called because of the three-way split sole which makes them insanely comfortable) from its Originals range into its main line offering. These walking sandals (13) come in three colours and would be brilliant for a more active holiday, as well as paired with tailored trousers here at home.
13. Office ‘Salvador’ toe loop gladiator sandals, £42 (office.co.uk, also available in tan and gold); 14. Clarks Trigenic ‘Rush’ sandals, £59 (clarks.co.uk, also available in dark grey and light green); 15. Topshop ‘Florence’ toe post sandals, £39 (topshop.co.uk, also available in black)
With chunky minimal toe loop sandals
With delicate strappy toe loop sandals
With sporty walking toe loop sandals