Let the Shoes meet the Clothes – our new weekly edit
Every week we will be advising, assisting & inspiring you on what to wear with our shoes using Polyvore – the mood-board collage creator.
Our mission is this: to show you different ways of styling our designer, luxury and exclusive footwear. We want you to share your How to Rock! Polyvore sets with the hashtag #HowtoRock! on our Twitter @SOLETRADER and we’ll feature 2 on our blog each week!
This week is all about how to style the FitFlop, now featuring in the Soletrader Sale.
Gandys is the new Flip Flop range that is sweeping the globe, from Newhaven to Necker Island (that’s Richard Bransons $54,000 a night Carribean retreat…). Gandys was founded by Rob and Paul Forkan, two brothers who were left orphaned in Sri Lanka by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. The brothers created the Orphans for Orphans campaign to help other orphans around the world by building Gandys Orphanages, funded by selling their luxury Flip Flop range.
And to celebrate INTERNATIONAL FLIP FLOP DAY Friday 21st June, Sir Richard Branson and the whole Virgin enterprise are ditching their shoes for Red Gandys Flip Flops!
‘Rob and Paul Forkan’s story was very moving and I was humbled by their ability to turn a personal tragedy into something so positive. They are inspiring young entrepreneurs, starting out in business but also trying to transform the lives of children in need. We’re happy to be supporting them and I love that Necker Island now has a flip flop named after it!’ said Richard.
The previously named Tokyo Red Flip Flop has now been renamed as NeckerRed!
Shop Gandys here and check out our Gandys outfit ideas below on Polyvore!
We’ve all been there. Squashing down the suitcase, and then realising we still haven’t packed the (many) pairs of shoes we want to take. We’ve also all been there, when walking around for hours in sunnier climates, wearing those stunning-but-my-gosh-they’re-rubbing sandals, feels like the most epic journey you’ll ever make.
This is why we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favourite sandals that are both comfortable and super stylish, so you can save on the amount of shoes you pack.
Birkenstrock Madrid Sandals, Red Hearts £36.99
These stripy love heart Birkenstocks have a certain 50s feel to them. Like all Birkenstocks, they are designed with care and comfort in mind to work with the natural curve of your foot. The strap goes over your foot instead of between the toe, so to minimize rubbing – these are suitable for the longest of sightseeing trips! See the range here.
Ted Baker Ballena Sandal, £89
The backing and the buckle supports your ankle whilst out sightseeing in the day, and the neon look will turn heads out at night. Also available in light metallic pink.
Lucky Brand Bombay Sandals, £59
Another winning metallic design sandal. Gone are the days when metallic was a little too old and dated. These sandals have just the right amount of pastel green detail to balance this into a day-time shoe too, and the shape of the back means your ankles are fully supported.
Jill Sander 2 Part Sandals, £225
These Jill Sander designer sandals are pure style. Nailing the white and platform trends all-in-one, they are perfect if you like a bit of height on your summer holiday evenings-out but still want that comfort and quality during the day. The ankle strap is popper-adjustable. Also available in black.
The jelly shoe. The waterproof and often rather sparkly sandal your mother would make you wear in the sea when you were little. For kids, they’re practical. But for adults (and for the more fashion-conscious child), you are unlikely to want to stray too far from the beach whilst wearing them!
But thanks to Mel by Melissa, conceptualised in S/S11, jelly shoes have been updated, modernized and are totally scentsational (yep, some of the shoes are fruit scented!). Mel is the fun and flirtatious diffusion line of the Brazilian brand Melissa, responsible for reinventing the practical jelly shoe into a quality, everyday staple, with the purpose of brightening your day and sweetening your stride.
See our Mel by Melissa best picks below:
The flip flop style Mel Citrus sandal in black or pink is perfect for the beach (and also great for the unpredictably wet British weather).
Work this season’s animal print explosion with these Mel black and nude shoes and rock up night-out wear whilst in sunnier climates. Also available in pink.
To channel the floral vibe dominating this season’s high street, take a look at these coral sandals, also available in a more subtle monochrome:
And for bargain galore, these black gladiator sandals are now only £19.00: