Shoes, Style On Trial

Trend Trial: Barely There Sandals

Barely-there sandals have been one of the biggest shoe trends of the summer so far, and although this style isn’t actually a new one (Jennifer Aniston has always loved them, for instance, and so did Carrie Bradshaw…), it’s certainly seeing an increase in popularity at the moment, and you know what that means, don’t you? Yup, it’s time for a Trend Trial…

selection of barely there sandals

Trend Trial: Barely There Sandals

So, what exactly ARE barely there sandals? Well, the clue is is in the question there – as if there wasn’t enough of a clue in the image. These are exactly what they sound like: shoes designed to be almost invisible on the feet – they’re there, but they’re barely there. Capiche?

Most of these shoes follow the same basic style: there’s normally one slim strap over the toe, another around the ankle, and… that’s it. There are, of course, some variations on “strappiness”, but the main point is that any straps that exist be slim and delicate, rather than thick and chunky, the better to create that almost-invisible look.

Barely there sandals come in all kinds of colours and prints. For evening, the style generally tends to use a lot of metallics, which also helps to create that “I’m not REALLY wearing shoes at all…” effect, but for this summer we’re also seeing a lot of stripes, and a lot of neon, both of which are also riding high in the trend stakes, whether you like them or not.

While barely there sandals can look kinda sexy and elegant, and pretty easy to pair with outfits (There’s just not enough of them to clash with anything), they’re not without their drawbacks. For us, the two main ones are:

1. They require a really good pedicure

These are shoes that are designed to show off much more of your feet than many other styles. If the feet in question are desperately in need of some TLC, they can REALLY ruin the look. We’re not saying you need a fresh piece of nail art every time you wear them, obviously, but chipped polish, hard skin or callouses will be much more apparent in these shoes than in any other, so you may want to consider some foot-care before slipping into a pair.

2. They’re not always the most comfortable shoes in the world

Comfort is a subjective thing, and really depends on the particular shoe, and the person wearing it: what’s torture to one woman could be complete bliss to another. In very general terms, though, slim straps don’t lend a lot of support, and then can rub, or put pressure on the foot, which makes them a little less practical than a pair of pumps, say.

Despite these two points, we quite like this style, which is great for evening, although we’re also seeing a lot of people wearing barely there sandals for daytime, with jeans or pants.

What do you think of barely there sandals? Do you own any?  


Shoes pictured: B Brian Atwood ankle strap high heels, £230 / River Island shoes / River Island embellished shoes / River Island shoes / River Island shoes / River Island shoes / River Island stiletto sandals / ASOS open toe shoes
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