Where do you go after wearing comfy Birkenstocks all day everyday last summer…? The dad sandal, that’s where – or ‘dandals’ as I like to call them. We’ve gone from the ‘ugly sandals’ to the downright ridiculous (with velcro straps) – but, once you put these orthopaedic flats on your feet, I promise you there will be no turning back.
|HANNAH: Top: Topshop. Dungarees: River Island. Clutch: Coach.
ALEX: Trench: DAY Birger et Mikkelsen. Top: New Look. Culottes: Karen Millen.
Don’t think you could? I draw your attention to the backlash to Birkenstocks pre 2014…where comfort starts, fashion follows.
Hannah Rochell, flat wearer since…well, a long time, and founder of flat shoe blog En Brogue
says: “I’ve always been a fan of slightly “ugly” shoes (I’ve been wearing Birkenstocks for 20 years) so Velcro walking sandals don’t feel like a hard transition for me. I loved the Gola ones
that were paired with Bermuda shorts at Christopher Raeburn’s
SS15 catwalk show (in fact, I promptly bought them) but I’ve fallen really hard for these from Hudson as they feel a bit more fashion forward. It goes without saying that they’re MEGA comfortable, too”.
|Burberry Prorsum S/S 15 (image: style.com)
FitFlop has also got in on the action, and I must admit they’re like walking on AIR:
THE FRUGAL EDIT
‘Funki’ reef sandals, £48, Topshop
Toe loop footbed sandals, £20, Next
‘Calypso’ silver sandals, £60, Hudson
‘Flapjack’ sporty sandals, £38, Topshop