Summer has finally arrived, and it is time to pull off the socks, splurge on the pedicures and triumphantly shout ‘Hello Toes’ as we relish in the expectation of warm summer sunshine with Bee Buzzing afternoons! Whether planning a summer date night or a relaxing vacation with family or friends, our 2022 New Season Sandal Collection fails to disappoint! We are excited to dive into the ‘catwalk trends’ which permeate many of the styles in our stunning summer sandal range, ensuring you are completely ‘Summer Ready.’ From Best Loved Wedges to Funky Flats, from Cool Mules and Toe Posts to Platform Vibes and Gladiator Greatness, we share them all through a combination of our own personal favourites from our online store at finnfootwear.com. So read on if you want your sandal wardrobe to get the makeover it deserves this season!
1. Return of the Wedge
The wedge sandal is such a versatile shoe option taking you from luncheon with the girls to a summer date night with that special someone. A high wedge sandal is extremely stylish so we might be forgiven for thinking it a viable substitute to its rival, the traditional stiletto heel, but oh so much more comfortable! As Copelyn Bengel from the editorial team at Nylon Fashion described recently in one of their articles ’The 6 Sandal Trends to Wear for All Your Summer Plans’ (April 2022)
“The return of the wedge is among us, and it is keeping its early-2000s feel. Mid-height block wedges are in for summer, and they come in minimal silhouettes and maximal styles, from bright colours to translucent materials.”
Rieker has always delivered on stylish wedges and 2022 is no exception. Our striking Wedge sandal by Rieker style 67476-69 with decorative buckle detail in a Sun Yellow/White colourway is the perfect wedge sandal to give your summer wardrobe a sophisticated cool vibe this summer. Its signature octagonal shape buckle with decorative white stitching and adjustable Velcro toe strap comes in a F1/2 Fit for extra comfort. Pair this stylish but comfortable Rieker wedge sandal with dresses, skirts and cropped trousers. This 'Must-Have' wedge is an all day sandal taking you from that much anticipated early morning brunch to a fun-filled retail rendez-vous with the girls. Also comes in Red Combi style 67476-33 and Light Blue/White style 67476-10
Ladies Medium Wedge Sandal 67476-69
If you require a more elegant look then our High Wedge Sandal by XTI style 44294 is the perfect choice for you. Combining classic elegance with effortless chic, this is the perfect transitional sandal, taking you from day to evening. Its espadrille sole, decorative heel cup design and high buckle strap compliments the neutral crocheted canvas upper. This wedge is a definite on our list of ‘Must Have’ summer sandal choices.
XTI Ladies High Wedge Sandal 44294
If you are looking for a more causal wedge that is stylish, comfortable, and made from natural leather than our Spanish collection of Oh My Sandals ticks all the boxes. Style 4996 in taupe is the perfect neutral shade and comes with adjustable buckle strap and two-tone sole, making this a sure summertime favourite (also available in white style 4996). Oh, My Sandals also offer a similar medium wedge alternative, style 4991 in striking tan with Criss Cross quilted leather straps. It is already flying off the shelf and is sure to be one of the season’s firm favourites.
Oh My Sandals Ladies Wedge Strappy Sandal 4996
2. Funky Flats
The ever-versatile Flat Sandal continues to be an all time favourite. In a recent Marie Claire Magazine Article entitled ‘The Biggest Summer 2022 Shoe Trends, Straight from the Runway, (April 2022), style editor Sara Holzman describes the easy flat as
“Arguably one of the most versatile summer sandal styles of 2022, flat sandals might be low to the ground, but this easy-to-wear sandal style does not fall flat in the style department. Wear them alongside maxi dresses or don them beachside”
If you are searching for an everyday flat sandal and a ‘little bit of bling’ is just your thing, then we highly recommend our Susst Erin22 Flat Ladies Sandal with crystal embellishment across the upper straps and elasticated heel strap, it is both comfortable and ultra-chic.
Susst Erin22 Ladies Flat Sandal
For a less blingy option but one that is super stylish, our Ladies Damen Flat Sandal by Mustang style 1388-802-5 is the one for you. It comes with ruched effect on the upper and an adjustable Velcro heel strap for easy access and comfort. You can easily dress up this super stylish sandal or wear it casually as an all-day alternative. It also comes in sea green style 1388-802-7
Mustang Ladies Damen Flat Sandal 1388-802-5
So, revitalize your summer wardrobe this year by including a pair (or two!) of flattering flats in your all-time summer favourites!
3. Gladiator Greatness
If you consider yourself a retro style queen who relished the Gladiator style sandal of the noughties, then the 2022 Sandal Season is sure to please! Gladiator themed sandals are very much back in vogue with one huge advantage; they come in many versatile styles and profiles. In a recent fashion article in Zoe Report entitled ‘Women’s Gladiator Sandals are back for 2022’ by Erin Cunningham (March 2022), the author explains;
“This time, the criteria for what defines a ‘gladiator sandal’ is loosened: Grommets are optional, perhaps even discouraged; straps can be dainty and ultra-thin, not just thick and made of leather; they can be two-toned or feature crystal-cut appliqués versus the standard black and brown (though those are still prominent too); and the soles range from flat to flatform to kitten heels and treaded styles. There is a version for an outfit or occasion.”
So, whether you prefer the minimalist look with delicate ultra-thin wrap around straps or wish to don the classic style with thick leather straps and flatform sole, do not fear as there is a Gladiator sandal waiting on the shelf just for you!
Our personal favourite at Finn Footwear is by Tamaris Style 28241 305. This Gladiator Sandal combines a platform style wedged- heel (height 5.5cm), with double buckle ankle leather straps. The retro platform sole made a resurgence earlier in Spring and this Much-Loved heel profile is extremely popular across many of the 2022 summer season sandal styles.
This Tamaris sandal is unique combining all the hot trends for summer 2022 including wedge/platform and roman style design in one extremely comfortable leather sandal. The striking Cognac shade with Criss Cross detail on the upper is ultra-flattering on the foot. This sandal will pair with everything in your wardrobe from long flowy dresses to skirts, cropped Jeans, and everything in between. Treat yourself to something different this season with this 'Must Have' Romanesque Gladiator Sandal by Tamaris.
Tamaris Ladies Platform Style Wedge Sandal 28241 305
So, if the Gladiator vibe grips you this season, then as one recent RTE fashion article 2 '6 Of the Coolest Shoe Trends to Hop into This Summer’ (April 2022) states;
“This is the kind of shoe that’ll make you feel like you’re instantly on holiday, and you can choose a style tailored to how minimalist or maximalist you’re feeling.”4. Mad About Mules
Mules have universal appeal because they can be elegant and chic or casual and chunky depending entirely on your personal preference and mood on the day. As Marie Claire’s Magazine style editor Sara Holzman recently stated in her feature ‘The Biggest Summer 2022 Shoe Trends, straight from the Runway, (April 2022), you can easily match your mule to any mood since there are a myriad of choices and profiles to choose from…
“Invigorate your summer shoe arsenal with a sleek mule style that is not constricting but will not slip or slide. With a wide array of prints, fabrications, and colour combos on the market, you can match your mule to any mood.”
So, mules are trending this summer and many variants are available including Platform Mules, Wedge Mules, Flat Mules, and Mule Slides. Here is a selection of our summer favourites from the editorial team at Finn Footwear.
One of our personal Flat Mule favourites from the Finn Footwear Summer range is the Climotion Flat Mule sandal by Caprice Style 27102 230. This leather upper Mule sandal is a ‘Must-Buy’ for your 2022 Summer shoedrobe collection. This Light Grey multi colour is both Chic and trendy which will pair perfectly with everything in your summer wardrobe from skirts and dresses to skinny jeans, ankle grazer trousers and even shorts. Don a cool mule slide this summer and experience the essence of fashion and comfort in one unique style.
Caprice Ladies Climotion Flat Mule Sandal 27102 230
Maxine Eggenberger of California Based Fashion Brand Who What Wear, stated recently in her article ‘The 10 Sandal Trends Set to Rule This Summer’ (May 2022), that investing a pair of mule slides for summer 2022 is a wise choice;
“If you’ve already invested in a premium pair, rest assured it was a wise investment at that.”
Low Wedge Mule
If you like the idea of a low wedge leather mule with a twist, then our low wedge mule by Rieker style 62995-42 is sure to be a crowd pleaser. This mule cement rose combi with Velcro strap and eye-catching boucle silver accents on the upper is the ultimate in comfort and style this season. The unique neutral colourway of the upper paired with its cork accent wedge heel is very trendy. The silver hardware on the upper adds a sophisticated element to this casual summer sandal ensuring it will pair with everything in your summer wardrobe. Every Rieker sandal comes fabricated with a Rieker Antistress sole which offers the best level of support, flexibility, and durability.
Rieker Ladies Low Wedge Mule Sandal 62995-42Birkenstock Mule - Tamaris Variant
The Birkenstock mule sandal has made a comeback leading to many manufacturers producing their own variant. Our Slip on Mule (Birkenstock Variant) by Tamaris Style 27503 28 907 comes in a Rose Gold colour with double buckle straps that can be adjusted easily for maximum wearer comfort. The profiled heel cup guarantees enhanced surface grip, and the soft insole fits to the wearer’s individual foot shape. This comfortable and stylish sandal is the perfect 'Go To' mule sandal for all your 2022 summer outfits including summer dresses, skirts, skinny jeans, and everything in between!
Tamaris Ladies Slip On Mule Sandal 27503 28 907Birkenstock Mule - Rieker Variant
If you prefer a colourway which boasts the Red White and Blue Nautical Theme then the Birkenstock Variant by Rieker Style 69550-14 with cleated sole and adjustable straps will hug your foot perfectly. With a chunky raised platform sole this mule sandal is ideal to feminize all your summer outfits.
5. Cool Toe Posts
There is nothing as comfortable as a cool toe post sandal and we have a wide choice of colours available online. Our classic Propet Toe Post comes in four colourways this year including our NEW Toe Post by Propet Style WW1530 in Black Floral offering the perfect splash of colour to invigorate your summer wardrobe. Propet is all about comfort and value. It is their belief that the shoes you live in need to cushion, support, and protect your feet, but still be lightweight and stylish. This Black Floral toe post sandal has a cushioned footbed for added comfort. The Embellished Coloured Discs on the upper with a slight wedge heel give this sandal a dressy look. This style is also available in Rose, Navy, and Silver.
Propet Ladies Toe Post Sandal WW1530
If you prefer a toe post with an ankle strap, then why not try our Lunar Edwina Toe Post Sandal style JLH 045 PW with heel strap in eye catching pewter with detailed embellishments. This fetching style offers just the right amount of blink, making this a very stylish Must-Have for Summer 2022.
Click here to see our full range of summer sandals https://www.finnfootwear.com/collections/shop-ladies-sandals-at-finnfootwear
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