These sandals keep on getting 5-star reviews

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How hard is it to find sandals that are both chic and comfortable? Very, apparently. It’s a wardrobe dilemma that affects every single woman each summer—opt for aesthetics and chances are you’ll find yourself rushing to the nearest Boots store to buy Compeed in bulk. Prioritise practicality and you run the risk of feeling feeling frumpy, even in your prettiest of new-season dresses.

Not content with having to choose between the two, we took it upon ourselves to haunt down the footwear that holds up in the style stakes, but won’t leave you hobbling home. It wasn’t easy, but we think we’ve found the ultimate sandal capsule, with each shoe boasting 5-star reviews as standard. The only hard part is choosing which out of the seven pairs to snap up in first.


Admittedly they’re not the prettiest of the bunch, but there’s no denying the appeal of Tevas. An influencer and celebrity favourite this season, the clean lines mean they’ll work with printed dresses and skirts. We’ve personally tried them, too, and we can confirm wearing Tevas is akin to walking on a cloud.

Teva Original Sandals in Black, £40


We can always rely on M&S to create shoes our feet are thankful for. These wedges may be high but, with Insolia cushioning and Flex technology, you can strut with confidence and in utmost comfort. 

Marks & Spencer Leather Wedge Heel Espadrilles, £49.50


Dune’s Loupe sandals sold out within weeks last summer, but thankfully the brand has reissued them for 2019—and in a gorgeous array of new colourways. Hood editor Maxine already owns them in black, and now she’s eyeing up the white hue, too.

Dune Loupe Smart Slider Sandal, £85


‘Floss’ sandals – with straps so thin they resemble the dental essential – are all the rage this summer and make for the perfect accompaniment to stand-out dresses for all those summer weddings. The red iteration is at the top of our wish lists, but they also come in black, white, lime and snake-print. At this price, we’ll take the lot.

Topshop Strippy Coral Heeled Sandals, £39


As classic as they come, no woman’s wardrobe should be without a pair of Birkenstocks. The sculpted sole is designed to contour your foot, offering increased support and, with an entire rainbow of colours to choose from, you’re certain to find a pair to suit your style. It’s little wonder the brand’s been on the go since 1774. 

Birkenstick Arizona Two-Strap Sandals, £55


No shoe says summer quite like an espadrille and, if you’re looking to invest in an authentic pair, you should turn to Castañer. The family-run business has been creating gorgeous espadrilles since 1927—it even created the first jute-soled wedge for Yves Saint Laurent. Well, if it’s good enough for the runway… 

Castañer Carina 80 Canvas Wedge Espadrilles, £90


Mock-croc textures always look expensive, so no-one will believe these beauties cost you less than £20. The chunky block heel and wrap-around ankle strap ensure they’re as easy to walk in as they are on the eye. 

New Look Yellow Faux Croc Block Heel Sandals, £19.99