Okay, so we’re going to be honest with you. There was a time when sandals were reserved for men who liked to wear brown leather buckled types with socks. And it has taken a few decades for this image to leave the minds of too many Brits of a certain age. But sandals are actually very cool and utterly on-trend. Let us tell you why.
Sandals have an image make-over
Gone are the brown leather style buckle-up sandals. Well, you might still find them in some retail outlets, but not at Regatta. Instead, sandals these days come in a wealth of fabulous colours, practical and modern materials and are totally the shoes to be seen in this summer.
Sandals are practical because they allow your feet to breath during warm weather. Thanks to modern designs, Regatta sandals are similar to walking shoes or boots, except they are pared down for warmer weather.
Outdoors and sports sandals come with soles that offer great grip, comfortable walking – and even running – and long-lasting wear. You’ll be surprised just how comfortable sandals are to wear these days, and especially with bare feet.
Sandals these days are usually fastened to your feet with Velcro style sittings. The straps are soft and comfortable against your skin and can be easily adjusted. This makes sandals ideal for youngsters who find buckles and laces fiddly and for adult who want to be quickly on the move, instead of fussing over more traditional fastenings.
The materials for sandals are usually breathable so you avoid sweaty feet.
Sandal features to look out for
* Soles that offer good grip while walking off road on trails and through the countryside.
* In-built toe protection so you can take on a range of outdoors adventures, such as playing football on the beach or going rock climbing. See the Regatta Ad-Trek II Sandal
* Flip flop style sandals but with more design to them. The Regatta Tidal Sandal, for example, offers comfort and joy while mucking about on the beach. Or check out the Lady Seagrass Sandal. This flip-flop style sandal comes with PU nubuck upper and spandex lining, a comfort footbed, water friendly comfort EVA footbed and a lightweight TPR durable, anti-slip outsole.
Sandals that offer the benefits of shoes and fresh air. For example, check out the Lady Ad-Drfit Sandal, which is more like a Mary Jane style shoe but has a host of practical assets, such as breathable mesh uppers, Spandex lining for great fit, EVA comfort footbed and Lightweight rubber outsole featuring internal EVA shock pads.
Kids will love their Regatta sandals
Sandals are particularly suitable for kids in summer. The Regatta range starts from £14 so you can afford to buy your little ones a pair each – and then not worry about what they get up to in their sandals!
The colours are great for boys and girls and the easy-fastening means they can put them on and off themselves.
The junior sandals range also look really sporty, especially the Girls Ad-Flux Sandal.
And if you worry about your kids hurting their toes while out playing in sandals, you should choose the enclosed toe design sandals, such as the Boys Sea urchin sandal from Regatta.
See, we said that sandals had made it into the fashion-conscious 21st century!