Well after one of the dullest, wettest winters for many years we have some great news. This week will see the beginning of what we are told will be a long hot summer! Maybe a little wishful thinking?

There really is no better feeling than the sun on your face and knowing that Summer is well and truly here. If there is one footwear style we all need once the weather hot's up, it's sandals.

Sandals are perfect for those long warm days basking in the sun, they keep your feet cool, keep them comfy, and best of all they look super stylish. So for 2018 what sandals are the ones to buy? It goes without saying, anything that will potentially gnaw at the feet, is not a good option. Beware of wide toe posts and non-adjustable leatherbacks, both are likely to result in a weird walk or worse, injury.

There are so many amazing styles out there to choose from, there's wedges, flip-flop, Birkenstock types and many more. We are going to try and help you decide which style is the one for you.

1. The Birkenstock revival that began five years ago continues today. The contoured cork and rubber footbeds conform to the shape of the wearer's feet. The footbed of this sandal has four different layers. The first layer of the sandal is the shock absorbent sole, followed by two layers of jute fibres and a firm corked footbed. The last layer is the footbed line which is a soft suede. Distinctive and simply delightfully comfortable.

2. Wedge sandals are one of the most popular styles out there. Typically they have an open top, ankle strap and hessian wedge heel which gives them a great look. They also add a height boost should you need it and despite the wedge, they are surprisingly comfortable. Wedges are the perfect sandal to style up for a special occasion such as a wedding or party.

3. It wouldn't be summer without the trusty Flip Flops! This essential footwear is perfect for work, for shopping and for hitting the beach. It is so versatile making it one of the most popular sandal styles available. The name flip-flop originates from the sound that the sandal makes as you walk along. This style is worn by many people all around the world and can be dated as far back as 1500 AD in ancient Egypt, making it one of the oldest sandal styles.

4. Mule sandals are one of those styles that just don't go away. They come back into fashion year in year out, and that's because they not only look great, but they are fabulously comfortable to wear. There are many different types of mules, so there's bound to be a style for you. Going for a leather pair will really give your feet great comfort, the leather will mould to the shape of your feet meaning they will fit better. If you're looking for some mule sandals that will keep your feet cool whilst in the office, choose some comfort mules. These are designed to give you maximum comfort, which is very much needed when you're on your feet all day.

So there we have it, a brief essential Summer Sandal guide. We hope you now have a better idea of the style of sandal you want. With the hot weather on the way, you don't want to be wasting time deciding which sandals to pick, so get them now and enjoy the Summer when it arrives!

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