e impatiently await the onset of summer for countless reasons, few more so than the tantalising thought of a fresh wardrobe for the new season. While the sandal – that oh so simple shoe that frequents our dainties from November onwards – should be an easy acquisition, the hunt itself often proves the opposite. Worry not. We have picked out a selection of the finest sandals available, our prerequisites being quality, comfort and style. These babies also won’t break the bank. Oh, happy day!
Since launching in 2005, Alpha60 has grown to become one of Melbourne’s defining labels, their supple basics and moody men’s and women’s threads boasting a dark, stylish aesthetic. Spring Summer 2012/13 sees them launch an accessories line, featuring a concise range of women’s shoes that will be striding out the door in no time. Soft suede, two-tone colour combinations, swappable laces and comfortable heel heights fuse practicality with sleek style.
Ayaka Mid Heel – Beige
Poppy Flat Sandal – Green/Navy
Availability: Alpha60 – in store and online
For a head-turning flat, you can’t go past Kobe Husk. The new label (established in 2011) focuses on a wide range of forms and vivid patterns that speak a quirky language that won’t overwhelm your perfectly primed (or perfectly dishevelled, as it may be) hot day clothing ensemble.
Papillon Mix Flatform – Burgundy/Red
La Main Sandals – Black Ponyhair
Availability: Fat, in store and online
Kuwaii shoes are made locally in one of Melbourne’s last surviving footwear factories. It’s not surprising then that the quality is impeccable, with traditional techniques applied to fine leathers and supple soles. What may be surprising then is their directional range of sandals, featuring flatform silhouettes, patent finishes and a chic monochrome palette.
Esperance Sandal – Black
Cicada Platform – White
Availability: Alice Euphemia, in store and online
A Sydney-based footwear label with a distinct vintage vibe, Provensen is a gem in the Australian footwear market. Quality materials form basket weaves, suede buckles and chunky stacked heels reminiscent of hazy afternoons and beachy, wind-swept hair. The Provensen girl is a free spirit, and she’s set on a long summer.
Bobby – Black
Gia – Red
Availability: Hokey Curator, online or call (02) 9331 6252 for best stockist details.
A cult classic, Salt Water sandals have long been gracing children’s feet in the United States. It’s not hard to see why, with pared back design, supple leather, comfortable vulcanised soles and a rainbow of colours making them an easy pick for summer footwear. They’re now available in Australia and won’t dent your wallet in the slightest.
Sandal – Tan
Sandal – Lime
Availability: Somewhere and online at Someplace
Vanishing Elephant have well and truly established themselves as the go-to label (and retail destination) for on-trend Australian menswear. With that power at hand they have extended the easygoing nature of their boy’s threads into clothing and accessories for us girls. Spring Summer 2012/13 is their first women’s collection and features a very Vanishing Elephant footwear range. In short, it’s simple, comfortable, and effortlessly cool.
Petron – Maroon / Mid Brown
Availability: Vanishing Elephant, in store and online and Incu, in store and online