Long hot summer days call for fuss-free dressing; pieces you can throw on and go safe in the knowledge you’ll look chic in the heat. While there’ll always be room in our shoe-drobes for fierce heels, come summer we’re all about easy, impactful and – crucially – comfortable flats.
Sandals are the obvious starting point, and, from embellished to minimalist, flatforms to pool slides, we’ve got you covered. However, we know they might not always pass muster in the office – even on the sunniest days – so you’ll also find backless flats, loafers, moccasins and ballerinas (yes, they’re back) in our collection. Read on to find your new favourite…
Loved by Alexa Chung, Kristen Stewart and Sienna Miller, loafers are a cool-girl staple. Slightly preppy, totally effortless, loafers are a smart/casual hybrid that look as good with denim and a blazer as they do a floral summer dress. Kurt Geiger London’s 'Kenner' makes the classic style even more comfortable thanks to a butter-soft suede finish and leather lining. Ditto Carvela 'Mariner', a best-selling style trimmed with a chic horsebit detail – with four and six colour options respectively, the tough part will be deciding which one to go for.
Made iconic by Kate Moss, the ballerina flat is enjoying a revival right now. Join the comeback with Carvela’s 'Luggage', 'Lidia' and 'Melody' styles, and bring them bang up to date by styling with straight leg jeans and standout tops or LBD’s for an unexpected pairing.
Nothing beats the feeling of slipping your feet into a keep-you-cool pair of sandals on a hot day. Ok, apart from maybe the feel of soft white sand under your feet as you step onto an exotic beach. But we digress. Now is the perfect time to update your sandal arsenal before the best styles sell out. The flatform is big news, and perfect for cheating a little extra height without sacrificing on comfort. Elevate your summer outfits with Carvela 'Kake' and 'Karry' or Kurt Geiger London’s 'Maci' and 'Makenna'. Luxe, minimalist styles will offset this season’s linen pieces perfectly – look to Kurt Geiger London’s 'Opal' and 'Odina'. For something a little more opulent, try Carvela’s colourful studded 'Koncern' and 'Kankan' cross straps (Kankan scores extra points for the on-trend toe-post) or Kurt Geiger London’s gold disc-adorned 'Marci'. The pool slide trend continues apace and Carvela’s 'Kath', and Kurt Geiger London’s 'Summer' styles can be worn even when there’s not a pool in sight.
Slippers, mules, backless flats – whatever you call them, if they’re flat and backless, they belong in your SS18 shoe-drobe. Kurt Geiger’s lobster-embroidered 'Otter' mules have gained cult status after being spotted on countless bloggers and Millie Mackintosh – they’re selling fast, so get yours before they go. Speaking of bloggers, Sandra Bendre is a big fan of Carvela’s opulent brocade and jewel adorned 'Luscious' loafers, while Miss KG’s flower-embroidered 'Malta', and Kurt Geiger London’s 'Olive' tap into the trend for all things woven (which is a big one BTW). Perfect for when you haven’t had time to book a pedicure (guilty!) pair them with everything from raw-edged denim to shirtdresses and tailoring.
If any shoe sums up summer, it’s the espadrille. Not just for sun-soaked city breaks and exotic beach hols, these rope-soled wonders look equally good on home turf. At once casual and chic – 1940’s starlets on the Riviera spring to mind – there’s myriad ways to work them this season. For a twist on the classic, look to the colour drench-sole or metallic finish on Kurt Geiger London’s 'Margo' and 'Marla'. Embrace that out of office feeling with the aptly embroidered Miss KG 'Dixie' – guaranteed to make you smile even if you are sitting at your desk. Ticking both the flatform and espadrille trends, Carvela’s 'Kinder' and 'Klever' offer an open-toe take on the staple summer style. Smarten them up with dresses or keep things casual and play to the natural textures with pared-back cotton and linen pieces.