In part III of our series on Summer wardrobe essentials, we’re going to talk about the strappy sandal. Keeping in mind that our goal is to add to your wardrobe building blocks and to help hone your skills at buying better and fewer items.
So, let’s look at why the strappy sandal (sometimes it goes by the name gladiator sandal, too) makes the wardrobe essential cut. The pair I have on in the picture above is one of my favorites. They always make the cut on my packing list because they are neutral (no added embellishments), super comfy and they fit your foot well and dare I say make them look sexy? They go with any outfit by day and work great in the evening with a drapey black jumpsuit and a few layers of gold around your neck.
One thing to be aware of when you do purchase your sandal: make sure the straps fit your foot well. Nothing ruins the look of a strappy sandal quicker than loose, ill-fitting straps. Walk away! No matter how much you like the shoe. In the end, it will not have the staying power for your essential Summer wardrobe.
Scroll down for a curation of the best neutral sandals out there. And if you have room in your budget, I would look at acquiring a black, embellished pair to add that little extra to your outfit when you need it.