The time has finally come for us to ditch the heavy winter shoes and boots – hurrah!
With spring now in full swing, it’s time to embrace the warmer weather and adjust our footwear accordingly. However, whilst we’re currently spending more time at home with the lockdown and social distancing restrictions in place, we understand that fancy footwear might not be at the top of your agenda right now.
Practicality and comfort are taking priority as we adjust to this new way of living. The heels have been put away for now and our slippers have been getting more wear than ever! And whilst there will always be a place for our favourite cosy slippers, it can sometimes be nice to feel a little more put together at home. This is when something in the middle is required.
With this in mind, we’ve found the perfect compromise. Enter the stylish summer flat. Not only do they look great, but they’re also comfortable and ideal for pottering around the house or nipping in and out to the garden.
So whilst these relaxed styles might not be 'garden shoes' per se, they’re still perfect for slipping on to do the odd job outside, whatever that might be. Perhaps some light pruning is on the cards, or simply some time spent relaxing and soaking up the sun?
What’s more, when the time comes again they’ll also make the perfect addition to your holiday wardrobe too. From city breaks to seaside strolls you'll want to pack a pair of these.
Scroll down to see nine of the Woman & Home fashion teams top summer flats. Go on, give your feet a treat!
The best summer flats to buy right now
Cala, £109, Alice X
Put your best foot forward in these gorgeous colour-block espadrilles from British brand Alice X.
With two layers of cushioning in the soles these will guarantee all-day comfort.
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Leather Two Strap Sandals, £22.50, M&S
A classic design that also comes in tan and pink. Insolia Flex® technology supports your feet for unbeatable comfort.
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Origine mule strap, £28, Havaianas
The latest addition to the Havaianas espadrille collection. The strap will ensure your feet stay secure when walking.
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Teva Midform Universal Star Leather Sandals, £70, John Lewis & Partners
A sporty classic in colour pop yellow. The adjustable riptape straps make these ideal for wide feet.
Espadrilles, £9.99, H&M
Add a fierce finishing touch with these fun espadrilles, they’re a bargain too at only £9.99!
Cecilia, £99, Carvela at Kurt Geiger
These leather beauties will last you for years to come.
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Sandals, £19.99, Zara Home
The pool slide is given a stylish twist with a fun multi-coloured print.
Portobello Pink, £165, Drilles
These pretty pink espadrilles are worth investing in. Hand-stitched in Spain and made with the softest Nappa leather. The sole is thick, strong and designed to be long lasting.
Eloisa is a fashion stylist and deputy fashion editor working across eight Women’s Lifestyle publications at Future, including womanandhome.com. Her previous styling projects include contributions to Condé Nast Brides, Now, Essentials, and online commercials for brands, including Strongbow and Nivea, organizing the logistics of both UK and international shoots.
While building up experience in the fashion industry, Eloisa assisted stylists and art directors on shoots for brands including Elle US, Harpers Bazaar, M&S, Miss Vogue Australia, Next, Samsung, and Vogue Australia, to name just a few.
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