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Leave your shoes at home and invest in a pair of slides or hiking sandals. Because flips flops always just break anyway.

Historically speaking, some significant figures have worn open-toe footwear: Tutankhamun, Julius Caesar, Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Stormzy.

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Apart from the lad from Thornton Heath, each of these people came from hot places, meaning they wore sandals or flip flops all year round. But presuming you’re UK-based, you’ll be thinking about getting a pair for the summer. And sure you can ride the wave and get an adidas pair, just like people bought Havaianas or Birkenstocks a few years ago, but you’ll arrive poolside in the summer and look like everyone else. If you want to remain stylish in a period when you will probably be wearing less, you know what you need? Luxury slides.

Luxury clothing and footwear companies have made open-toed backless footwear for decades. They were the kind of thing hidden deep in clothing collections or on webstores if you paid attention. There’s always been a market for them in places like southern France, but they weren’t the kind of thing that people in the UK really bought; now, suddenly they’re everywhere. 

One thing that the slide wave has done is reduce the stigma attached to wearing open-toe footwear with socks. Long a faux pas, you can easily pair hiking sandals with grey socks and look cool, without worrying about exposing your feet. People with a penchant for fancier stuff should check out the range of options below.

Lead image slides £175 Moncler at Flannels

Hike Sandals 

These look best worn with shorts, add a sock if you’re feeling brave.

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£160 Suicoke at Mr Porter  

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£18 River Island 

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£65 Hunter 

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Camo £625 Valentino at Mr Porter 

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£50 Teva 



Go with everything right? That being said we love them with denim.

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£235 Gucci at Flannels

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£45 Armani Jeans at Flannels

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£35 Lacoste 

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£85 Kenzo 

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£35 Polo Ralph Lauren at Flannels 


Leather Sandals 

Smart and sophisticated, they partner well with chinos.

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£90 Dr Martens 

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£55 Dune 

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£345 Salvatore Ferragamo 

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£450 Jimmy Choo at Flannels 

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£39.99 Zara


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