15 fabulous fabric sandals

Like wearing a headscarf on your feet.

It seems like only yesterday that I wrote about fancy bow flats (you can read that here), but I felt like I needed to do a follow up of fabric sandals because there are SO MANY new ones available now for high summer, and not just with bows on. I love this look; part headscarf-part shoe, they’re the absolute ideal partner to your everyday jeans and T-shirt combo, but I’m also looking forward wearing mine (the yellow version of the Miista sandals, 5) with a bikini and kaftan on my holiday in Sicily.

1.River Island pink floral padded knot detail sandal, £38 (riverisland.com);  2. H&M slides with a bow, £17.99 (hm.com); 3. J Crew knotted espadrille slides, £69.50 (jcrew.com)

One of the advantages of fabric sandals is that because the strap is made from something softer than leather, they are less likely to rub (though I can never guarantee that since everyone’s feet are different!). Combine that with the vivid colours and retro prints that many of these designs feature, and you can see why this is one of the top trends of the season at both the high street and designer brands.

4. Free People ‘Kelsey’ slides, £70 (freepeople.com); 5. Miista ‘Peggy’ slides, £69 (miista.com); 6. Monki slingback sandals, £30 (monki.com)

While many of these sandals and slides have bows and knots on them, you can find fabric in other guises, such as Monki’s elasticated slingbacks (6) and Free People’s ruching (4). I have to say, though, as someone who has never previous been drawn to pretty details like bows, I am really taken with them this season, which has been surprising! Perhaps that’s because with a flat shoe, it’s very hard to ever feel like your footwear has gone over-the-top.


7. Simone Rocha satin slides, £245 (matchesfashion.com); 8. Zara printed fabric slides, £29.99 (zara.com); 9. Urban Outfitters ‘Sylvie’ knotted slides, £15 (urbanoutfitters.com)

As many of these are printed fabrics, I would opt for either something minimal or block coloured on top. That said, if your sandals are plain you can go a bit busier with the rest of your outfit (see Simone Rocha, 7) – a lovely option for a summer wedding.

10. Charles & Keith knot detail sandals, £39 (charleskeith.co.uk); 11. Mango embroidered sandals, £49.99 (mango.com); 12. Anthropologie striped slides, £68 (anthropologie.com)

I’ve found some suggested outfits below, but the joy of these sandals is that they’re very hard to get wrong. If you’re really into colour and print, you could ignore my advice above and try clashing prints and look fabulous, for example. But perhaps the best trick of the fabric sandal is its ability to liven up even the most plain of looks.

13. Ancient Greek Sandals ‘Taygate’ slides, £150 (net-a-porter.com); 14. Aldo ‘Elroita’ slides, £35 (aldoshoes.com); 15. Senso ‘Zilda II’ slides, £87 (farfetch.com)



Zara jeans, £39.99 (zara.com); Boden broderie blouse, £60 (boden.co.uk); The Basket Room tote, £60 (thebasketroom.com)


Arket halter dress, £69 (arket.com); Muun straw and cotton bag, £180 (net-a-porter.com); & Other Stories earrings, £23 (stories.com)


Somerville Scarves kaftan, £24 (somervillesscarves.com); Boden bikini top, £30, and bikini shorts, £25 (boden.co.uk)

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