Black chunky sandals are our new season shoe hero

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 The endlessly wearable, ultra-versatile black sandal is here to solve your every dressing dilemma. From festival-ready styles to the pairs you can wear into the office, these are the best to buy now. 

Once upon a time, comfort was a dirty word in fashion. Stylish footwear meant sky-high stilettos, woefully impractical wedge-soled trainers and a collection of blister pads stuffed in our handbags at all times. But like all good stories that begin with ‘once upon a time’, that was a long, long time ago.

Since then our aching feet have been saved from the clutches of foot-contorting shoes by a fairytale prince in the form of a new generation of ultra-comfortable, effortlessly stylish designs.

From the black combat boots that were made for stomping to the classic white trainers that bring the perfect touch of laidback cool to everything from slouchy pastel suiting to chic midi dresses – when it comes to curating the perfect shoe wardrobe, there are certain ultra-wearable styles that no woman should be without.

Now as your thoughts turn to warm weather dressing, there’s one indispensable shoe occupying our sartorial day dreams: the chunky black sandal.

The perfect pair of black sandals are a staple for your cabin bag, comfortable enough to see you through all the sights by day and then take you straight into an evening of alfresco drinks and dancing – no outfit change pitstop at your hotel room required.

Cancelling your travel plans? The beauty of the black sandal is just as suited to everyday wear as is it to far-flung adventures. Choose a clunky soled style to wear with distressed denim for a weekend look that feels very Copenhagen-cool or opt for a thin-soled, strappy style and pair with a button-through midi skirt for an understated look that feels no less elegant after dark. 

Whether your summer plans are more festivals or farmers markets, we’ve found the best black platform shoes to buy now. 

  • Office

    Searching for the perfect festival shoe? These western-inspired buckled sandals offer the kind of indie glamour that we can picture on Alexa Chung or Sienna Miller. Bonus: the black leather will wipe clean no matter how much mud Glastonbury throws at them.

    Shop Office buckle sandals, £52

  • Ganni

    Looking for a fashion-forward interpretation on the classic hiking sandal? Elevating this most practical of shoes, Ganni’s black sandals are taking conformable to new levels of cool.

    Shop Ganni hiking sandals, £265 

  • & Other Stories

    Designed in Stockholm, there’s no denying the Scandi style appeal of these sleek sandals. Wear them with wide-legged trousers or colourful leather shorts for a daytime look guaranteed to attract the attention of street style photographers everywhere. 

    Shop & Other Stories slingback leather sandals, £65

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