Image: Munce. The British weather is finally on the up, rejoice! Endless hours in pub-gardens, bbqing and a trip to the beach on the cards. (Check out our Holiday Shop.) The downside? It’s time to let those toes breathe-with a little ‘man-peddy’ being well-advised (seriously.) To say the Birkenstock is a tricky trend is an understatement; the general consensus being a long-lived loathing of the things. One which brings to mind old men fumbling around in corduroys and sock/sandal combos. Regardless, the Fash-pack love’ em. From Givenchy and Hermes, to Calvin Klein and Acne- revamped with studs, floral prints and even white socks. The ugly, chunky sandal is now a must for refined summer style and understated cool. Who’ve thought the orthopaedic looking, Jesus-sandal would be at the forefront of SS14 fashion?

The most seasonally-appropriate, comfy and versatile choice. More breathable than the Boat shoe; far more sturdy than the espadrille and poolside flip flop. An investment in terms of practicality and quality.  After all Summer is the best time to try something new and there’s tonnes of ways to make them work; whatever your style. Try with casual chinos or summer suiting  and don’t forget sunnies. Extra credit to those braving the sock and sandal combo…

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