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The hunt for the perfect sandals

So, summer has finally arrived in Scotland*. I was out the other day and it was HOT. So hot I was ready to take my tights off and show the world my less-than-perfectly-epilated legs. I did manage to make it back to the office before inflicting this sight on anyone, but it was there and then I decided I need some sandals.

I’ll also be going to Barcelona for a holiday in a couple of weeks and it will definitely be hot then. And I’ll definitely be doing A LOT of walking. Basically Dave and I like to go on city trips, and spend the entire time randomly wandering the streets until our legs hurt. It’s the only way to really experience a city, in my opinion. So any sandals I will get need to be walk-proof which means (1) a strap the the back – no slip ons and (2) a substantial sole.

These two criteria and my dislike of gladiator sandals narrowed my options significantly, to the point where I can actually show you every single pair I found.

First up, two pairs from Hush Puppies. They’re £40 both come in black as well.

sandal options

sandal options

These ones from Clarks, also £40. They come in quite a nice natural leather brown as well.

sandal options

Then, at the higher end of the market, two pairs from camper – both £70.

sandal options

sandal options

Since I was on the camper website anyway, I ended up looking at everything there (I know, bad mistake). I found two (three if you count the same pair in different colours) beautiful and lovely, and even more expensive pairs which don’t quite fit the criteria, but are oh so pretty.

camper sandals

camper sandals

camper sandals

I did end up getting one of these over the weekend. Can you guess which? Which one is your favourite?

All photos from the respective companies’ websites.

* actually, I’m sort of nervous in saying that because last year we had a few days of proper hot weather in the spring and then never again.

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  • Casual Jackets 24 May 2010, 3:34 pm

    These shoes are gorgeous! Love them!

  • Helen 24 May 2010, 3:45 pm

    I love camper shoes! I will guess the blue ones, because they're the most colourful ones 🙂 they're the ones i would pick anyway hehe

  • parakeetpie 24 May 2010, 4:01 pm

    I'd choose the blue hush puppies first then the black campers. I like Clarks a lot at the moment but those red ones just don't do it for me (too rectangular looking) and I don't know why but for some reason I associate anything with a strap going over the end of the toes with dowdiness (like the red campers). That's completely my personal view though so sorry if I offended anyone else who likes the two red pairs.

    I sympathise with your feet on holiday! I do the same and sometimes by legs and feet are screaming at me to stop. But I love it at the end of a trip when you've walked around so much that you start to feel familiar with the city. That's what makes a good holiday.

  • Sal 24 May 2010, 4:20 pm

    Ahhh, Camper. How I adore thee.

    I'll guess you nabbed pair #5. They seem absolutely ideal!

  • La fille d'or 24 May 2010, 6:57 pm

    Oh I hope you got the hush puppies!
    Either of them- those shoes are always so comfy!

  • madam0wl, a.k.a Sandra 24 May 2010, 8:41 pm

    My guess is either the first blue hush puppies or the black campers. I'm on the lookout for some black strappy/comfy sandals but trying really hard to find some in the thrifts. There is a pair I'm eyeing on eBay but I just don't know… I've only bought shoes online a few times and once got burned on the fit. Thankfully it was Zappos.com so was able to send back easily.

    Your idea of a holiday sounds lovely. I had great fun "walking" NYC when I was there for a summer internship back in school.

  • Style Eyes 24 May 2010, 10:00 pm

    Love the camper ones – very pretty

  • Rad_in_Broolyn 25 May 2010, 2:29 am

    I vote red Campers. Beautiful but still utilitarian. The best of both worlds.
    Thanks for popping by my blog.

  • Eli 25 May 2010, 4:16 am

    oooh I like the campers!`

  • Andi B. Goode 25 May 2010, 6:52 am

    I'm super fussy about sandals. Well, shoes in general. I really like the red campers, though!
    -Andi x

  • style 25 May 2010, 12:38 pm

    nice sandals looks amazing great colloection

  • Kelly @ blackdog finds 25 May 2010, 1:06 pm

    Ooo, those campers with the precious scallops are my fave! Did you get the red campers?