June 11, 2021 at 06:04AM
Over the past 18 months, we have seen a shift toward practicality in fashion, and this is seen most acutely with footwear. We need our shoes to be able to take us on countless laps of the park without causing us any trouble, and so high heels have been universally retired. Fashion brands have for several seasons been bringing us sturdy, responsible shoes—the kind of styles that you’d try to run away from when finding shoes at Clarks in year six. Think T-bar loafers, chunky lace-ups and fisherman sandals.
The Row and Gabriela Hearst are adored for their discreet take on luxury fashion, and although both tend to shy away from anything too flashy or trend-driven, they have a habit of dictating the silhouettes that we’ll be gravitating toward. Both have created beautiful caged leather sandals in both ivory and black, making humble fisherman sandals the most sought-after sandals for this summer. Like Tevas, their appeal is that they are practical walking shoes and will go with almost any summer outfit.
The styles by The Row and Gabriela Hearst have been yo-yoing in and out of stock. However, the silhouette is slowly trickling into the high street. Zara, always quick to respond to a cult item, has created several fisherman sandals for £90.
Keep scrolling for proof that they really do look amazing with all summer outfits, and then shop our edit of the best pairs.
Next up, see our guide to the key sandal trends for spring and summer 2021.