In search of timelessness

Susannah Davda, the Shoe Consultant™ of Britain, writes:

With no guarantee of a long summer in the UK, I always advise my VIP clients to select timeless sandals which will last them for several years.

Which isn’t a bad idea even outside of the UK. But what exactly makes a sandal timeless? A few of these ideas make particularly good sense to me:

Avoid heavily embellished styles (e.g. beading, embroidery, appliqué) as they can date easily.

“Oh, yes. I remember those. They were all the rage in 2014, for about a week and a half.” Unless you have a budget for throwaway shoes, it’s probably better to pass those beaded wonders by.

Do select colours which complement your entire summer wardrobe. Chances are the weather won’t justify a drastic change to these seasonal items any time soon.

This is true. Summer runs for about four, even five months here on the prairie. But we’ve all seen days where winter and summer seem to be nestled together, cheek by jowl, and dressing for those days, I fear, will always be somewhat problematic.

Avoid exact high street copies of styles from the catwalk. There’s too much chance of having the same sandals as someone else.

Then again, timeless designer styles tend to have timeless mass-market copycat versions; consider, if you will, Stuart Weitzman’s “Nudist” vs. Steve Madden’s “Stecy.”

Down at the salt mine where I toil, there are women who swear by specific brands: one buys SAS whenever possible, another swears by Skechers. (Then again, I have never seen the Skechers fan in sandals, which may be just as well, since Skechers doesn’t make a lot of sandals to begin with.)


  1. McG »

    11 June 2017 · 11:05 pm

    I don’t wear sandals for fear I’ll never find a pair ugly enough to make my feet look good.

  2. Holly H »

    12 June 2017 · 10:20 am

    haha, McG.

    Yes, I ditched sandals (and shorts) a while back, due to the vicious hordes af mosquitoes here on the prairie. My version of a burka is knee-high socks and capris, in 3 out of 4 seasons. It’s a shame too, cuz my feet look good in sandals, despite being Sasquatch-sized. Or so I tell myself.

  3. fillyjonk »

    12 June 2017 · 10:36 am

    SAS sandals are great if you’re someone who has to be on their feet a lot. It’s my favorite brand of semi-dressy shoes. Not fancy, probably not that stylish – but sometimes I’m on my feet 6 hours a day, so.

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