Brilliant Sandal Guide

It's hot and humid outside, and you desperately want to keep your feet cool and comfortable. Hot feet are no fun for anyone! What is better in these weather conditions than super comfy sandals?

However, sometimes sandals can be a tricky style to pull off! You don't want to look like you are heading to the beach, but you also don't want to look too formal. Here's your all-round guide to finding the perfect pair of sandals for any outfit and occasion.

A quick look at the history

Sandals are the oldest form of footwear known to man. This type of shoe has been around for thousands of years and can be found in various cultures around the world. You wonder why? Well, sandals were extremely easy to make and they are very practical, especially in hot weather. The Egyptians used papyrus and palm leaves to make sandals. Many cultures made use of various materials such as wood, straw, leather, and even bones!

Interestingly, sandals were considered inappropriate footwear for quite some time. For example, the Victorians believed that sandals were only meant for servants and the lower class. However, especially in the roaring 20s, high-heeled sandals became incredibly popular. That era marked a change in sandal fashion, and since then, sandals have been a summer staple.

Sandal Guide

There are countless sandal types, such as high-heeled, gladiator, thong sandals, hiking sandals, etc. The list goes on. Of course, the very first thing you have to decide is when and what you need your sandals for. Are you going on a hike in the woods at the weekend? Or are you going to a smart-casual after-work event?

"Life is better in flip flops."
Flip Flop Sandals for men

High-quality flip flops like Kenneth Cole Reaction Men's Four Sandal and casual sandals such as the Izod Amber Black slides always, always go well with shorts or a summer dress. You will look like you are on vacation and ready for a piña colada. Of course, flip flops and slides are also the ideal footwear for a day by the pool or at the beach. They are easy to slip on and off and are very comfortable. Just imagine wearing the Tretorn Ace Sandals on a hot summer's day! That's sandal perfection!


Tretorn Slides

Do you like going on adventures where you wade through streams or scale mountains? You need a sandal that will protect your feet and also look good. Hiking sandals such as the Khombu Women's Sandal Create fit the bill perfectly. They are adjustable and water-resistant, which means that you don't have to avoid water. They also dry quicker because of the materials that have been used, and are very comfortable, even when you are walking for hours.

Water sandals


The Create Sandals are also available in many different colours! The colour and design of your sandals all depend on your personal style and what look you're going for. It's all up to you!  Slipper sandals are also a very popular trend. Classic styles like the New York Men's Steel Dbl Sandal simply never go out of fashion.

Kenneth Cole Sandal

More Sandal Inspiration

What else should you consider when choosing sandals? Here are some more sandal tips:

  • Comfort! Your sandals need to be comfy and support your feet correctly. Nobody likes blisters, so make sure that your sandals have a good fit.
  • Price! Here at Brilliant Shops, you are sure to find sandals at a brilliant price.
  • Design! Do you like walking in flip flops or are you a fan of slides? Are you looking for sandals to wear with your new dress or jeans?
  • Sole! A thicker and more durable sole is needed if you are going on a hike. If you are only wearing your sandals for a day out and about in the city, then a thinner sole will do the job.
  • Straps! Adjustable sandal straps are marvellous, especially if you are walking a lot. They will stop your sandals from falling off and give you a more comfortable walking experience.

When are Sandals appropriate Footwear?

There are many different types of sandals, and some of them are more appropriate for certain occasions than others. If you're going to a formal event, sandals with heels or dressy sandals are a good choice. For a casual day out, flat sandals or slides are a better option. Generally, you shouldn't wear casual sandals, such as flip flops or flat slides, to events. If you would like to wear sandals to the office, you should definitely check with your company's dress code first. Some sandals may be appropriate for an office setting as long as they look polished and professional, but it is also very likely that sandals will not be allowed.

We hope that this guide will help you find a gorgeous new pair of sandals at Brilliant Shops.