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Flat Sandals

With long dresses, jeans, shortie shorts, floral dresses, cropped printed trousers, playsuits and every other thing you could possibly wear to cover your legs there is always a failsafe shoe option for summer weather: the flat sandal. Pioneered by Romans as they marched around the Med, it's astonishing how creative you can get with minimal leather strapping and a buckle or two. Here's a sandal soulmate for every size, shape and style.

Flat Sandals

Styling by Rebecca Corbin-Murray

1. Charlotte Olympia, Eden Cutout Suede Sandals; £645,

There's almost more shoe than space in these forest inspired Charlotte Olympia sandals. Great for people who can't quite decide on the weather and for those who want to encase their feet in pure suede temptation.

2. Saint Laurent, Janis Suede & Leather Sandals; £510,

Simple, sophisticated, versatile, impeccable quality and the absolute pinnacle of modern style: Saint Laurent tick almost every box with this flattering pair.

3. Bottega Veneta, Metallic Leather Sandals; £380,

A classic shape with a cheeky twist, these Bottega Veneta sandals are made slightly more evening appropriate thanks to the '90s style metallic blue colouring. We also like the subtle addition of a small wooden effect heel.

4. Topshop, Faster Two Part Stud Sandals; £42,

Such an excellent price point for some statement sandals. Everything you love about the classic Roman sandle but with added chunk. There's no skimping on the leather or buckles with these badboys.

5. Giuseppe Zanotti, Crystal Calf Hair Sandals; £445,

What is crystal calf hair, you ask? It's hard to tell as the straps are so dainty, but it's a mixture of leopard print calf hair straps and a clear and emerald coloured crystal embellishment at the front, for something that makes a glamorous impression.

6. K Jacques St Tropez, Buffon Leather Sandals; £215,

K Jacques have been styling the fancy-free footwear of the St Tropez elite for quite some time, and they always know how to brighten up a pair of informal but practical sandals. We love the contrast of the sky blue and aqua green on this pair.

7. Valentino, Studded Rubber Sandals; £165,

For those who get a bit squeamish about ankle-straps, these Valentino rubber flip-flop style shoes are a great beach option. Durable and dainty in dusty pink, they're given a touch of edgy cool with some sparkling studs.

8. Christian Louboutin, Rastafari Leather Sandals; £675,

Louboutin may be famous for his red-soled heels, but he knows how to design a pair or two or sandals. Just take a look at these tasselled monochrome sandals, complete with studded tribal face motif. Who said your footwear had to be pHneutral?

9. Marni Edition, Metallic Leather Sandals; WAS £338 NOW £237,

The excellent news about this golden retro sandals from Marni is that they're over £100 cheaper than they were a few weeks ago. So for a fraction of the price you could add inches to your height thanks to their hidden platform.

10. Proenza Schouler, Holographic Leather Sandals; £415,

A bohemian look is easy to create with your sandals thanks to Proenza Schouler who created this pair with laser cut-out strapping resembling lace, tassels and extra ankle support. The exciting surprise is that the material moves with the colour of the rainbow thanks to the oily bronze hologram effect.

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