SHOULD YOU SLING BACK SLINGBACKS?

  • Dotty kitten
    Dotty kitten
    Black and white don't have to be boring. Fun without being childish; these Hobbs slingbacks complement block colours at work or play.
  • Gold strap
    Gold strap
    These gold Topshop slingbacks with 2" heels are a comfortable option for day to night. With a rounded shape, they have plenty of room for your toes.
  • Sleek snake
    Sleek snake
    This pale nude and natural snake combination from Jones Bootmaker looks fresh for spring. Great with a tailored look in the office, or at a wedding.
  • Flat fuchsia
    Flat fuchsia
    These flat cross strap sandals from & Other Stories are made from beautifully shining brocade fabric. Everyone will be asking where you got your shoes.
  • Wood weave
    Wood weave
    The woven upper against the chunky wood-effect heel of these Mango sandals creates a desirable textural contrast. Black without looking too heavy.
  • Summer print
    Summer print
    The classic pointed toed slingback court shape is updated in this modern floral print. Try wearing an item of clothing in one of the colours of the print.
  • Pearl loafer
    Pearl loafer
    These 1960s-inspired loafer slingbacks are from Clarks' Victoria and Albert Museum collaboration. Who can resist pearl-encrusted pumps?

 

Footwear styles with a slingback strap can be a practical and attractive option for this time of year. Click through the slide show for a selection of my favourites on the high street right now.

To make sure you pick the right slingbacks for your feet, follow these pointers when shopping:

Strap height

It’s important for the strap to sit at the right place on your foot.

Too low, and it easily falls off when you’re walking.

Too high, and it scrapes against your Achilles tendon.

At the back of your heel, there’s a subtle natural dip where the strap should sit, and the strap should pass just under your ankle bone.

As you can see, it will look a little different on flat and heeled styles.

Fastenings

You should find that straps with adjustable buckles or Velcro and no elastic create a more secure and comfortable fit. Elastic allows for quite a lot of movement of your feet in relation to the shoe or sandal.

The more the shoe moves, the more likely it is that there’ll be points of friction which result in blisters. If the shoe clings properly to your foot, the chances of there being areas of abrasion are reduced.

Secure straps with no elastic also help your foot not to fall off the side of the shoe: especially important when your slingbacks have high heels.

Watch out for hidden elastic attached to the buckle itself.

More shoe tips

To discover more essential tips for finding comfortable, beautiful shoes, download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit.

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