A lot of you may never have considered wearing sandals and this is probably because of the stigma surrounding them that they are “uncool” or “for old people”. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth now a days as designers actually start advancing men’s fashion by producing some amazing new styles of sandals which have more of a fashion feel. Men’s fashion has come a long way and there is actual interest from a large proportion of the male population these days as they seek to improve their look and become a more attractive man. The benefit of this to us is that more time is spent producing men’s clothing and the standards have got better with each and every season release.
The gladiator sandal trend is absolutely massive in women’s fashion at the moment, and it is slowly crossing over to men’s as well. You do not have to wear sandals just on the beach, you can wear them during the day, around town and even in a formal environment if you get it right. Take a look at the picture on the right; this really has an Italian influence but looks more summer formal wear. It is something you would maybe see around somewhere like Monaco or St. Tropez with the playboys rocking something similar. The best way to pull off this type of look and not look like an extra from “300″ is to mix your sandals with modern cuts and crisp shirting – so think nice grey slim fit trousers, a bright summer polo or shirt, a simple chain necklace and a pair of leather sandals. The guy on the right is from the Versace catwalks and manages to pull off white sandals by wearing light white/beige coloured trousers. That really is a high summer look which would probably look out of place over here in the UK (can’t count on the weather and probably would get dirty!) but would look amazing walking the streets of Rome, Paris or any other hot European fashion spot.
The second look you can pull off is the nautical men’s trend. A nice pair of chino light coloured shorts, polo shirt and lightweight knit cardigan layered over the top would be a great start, whilst adding a pair of sandals in a slimmer style which look a little bit more like a boat shoe/flip flop.
The last look you can go for is the indie or rocker look. Wear a pair of slim/skinny jeans, throw on a faded tee and lightweight jacket/check shirt over the top. Grab a pair of funky sandals in a brighter colour and your good to go.
So there you go, sandals don’t have to be for those people who wear them with socks on holiday (NEVER DO THIS), they are a legitimate fashion item you can wear on the beach or around town throughout the summer. You can do relaxed summer formal, nautical, rocker or any style you put your imagination to. Start thinking of them more as summer shoes than sandals and your outfits will come alive, you will be right on trend and people will notice. Remember last year when everyone picked up the flip flop trend and started wearing them with everything in the summer? This is what can be done with sandals but they look a hell of a lot smarter.
Check out my sandal picks from around the web below…
Take a look at these styles below… sandals don’t have to be big, ugly and clunky. They can be more like flip flops or casual slip ons which means you can instantly exchange them for your tatty flip flops and pull off a great look.
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