Wednesday 13 December 2017

The summer sandal conundrum


We've tried every style of flip-flop, gladiator sandal and deck shoe known to man. All have their pitfalls. The flip-flop purchase of 2011 saw us spend eight gruelling weeks trying to build a tolerance to the dreaded thong rub.

Side note: when flip-flopping in a city, one is elevated barely more than a centimetre above the detritus of city life - a tetanus shot was required by August. The year of the gladiator sandal was no better - the heat caused swollen feet, which bulged out of the straps in an unsightly fashion that was akin to caged reptiles. As for the deck shoes - no socks equals smelly shoes.

This year, we are saved by the arrival of footwear brand, Strive, which manages to marry style and comfort - all the styles use orthotic technology to reduce impact on the feet - without that geeky look. We're coveting these patent black sliders,  €59.95, for a take on summer normcore. Stockists include branches of Shaws; Connollys, Dun Laoghaire; and Flanagans, Galway.

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