Helen Skelton's chunky sandals are the shoe of the summer

Fisherman sandals are reeling us in for 2024

Helen Skelton attends the ITV Palooza 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall on November 12, 2019
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Step aside, Birkenstocks. Move over espadrilles and forget your flip flops: Helen Skelton has brought the summer sandals of 2024 to our attention, and we've fallen hook, line and sinker.

Fisherman sandals are pretty much exactly how you'd imagine they might look. Chunky, with a kind of caged leather strap design and a closed toe, they'll quickly become a staple of your summer capsule wardrobe. They're a bit more sturdy than some of the sandals you might already have, and they feel like a great transitional style if the sunshine's caught you off guard and you're not quite ready to get your toes out yet.

You'll find iterations by super high end labels like The Row, Loewe, Prada and Gabriela Hearst that might set you back over a thousand pounds, but happily, Helen's take on the trend will cost you £120 and are available to buy now.

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Not only is Helen looking incredibly stylish for her girly trip to a spa hotel, she's also introducing us to a new fashion name we need to know.

Her sandals are by ASRA, described on the Anthropologie website as 'designed in London and made in India, ASRA is a contemporary footwear label named after the Aasraa Trust: a non-profit organisation helping children from underprivileged backgrounds, and the charity they have been donating to and supporting since the brand launched in 2019'.

Catch of the day: fisherman sandals

How to wear fisherman sandals

If you're used to more minimalist summer styles, a fisherman sandal might take some getting used to, but lean into the chunky look.

Don't be afraid to team yours with socks (yes, we are saying you can wear socks and sandals!) and your sharpest tailoring, as well as white jeans outfits and even your most feminine midi dresses.

They're a great option if you're wondering what shoes to wear with wide leg trousers, too.

Caroline Parr
Digital Fashion Editor

Caroline is Digital Fashion Editor for woman&home, and has been a fashion writer and editor for ten years.

After graduating from the London College of Fashion, she has spent the last decade tracking down and writing about celebrity outfits, covering events ranging from the Met Gala to the King’s Coronation.

She has an encyclopedic knowledge of brands, but always likes to know about new and under the radar labels. She’s originally from Liverpool, and outside of work, her great loves are leopard print and her lively but adorable cocker spaniel, Ghillie.