How to style 1 pair of sandals for 4 summer occasions

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If you’re looking to keep your summer wardrobe versatile, you need to start with your shoes

Not to go all Downton Abbey on you, but the never-ending social engagements of the summer season are, quite frankly, a nightmare.

If you’re not at an endless line-up of weddings and parties, you’re making the most of the limited sunshine with your friends, usually around a BBQ. And that’s before you even get to your summer holidays.

However you’re spending  the season, one thing’s for sure: your summer wardrobe needs to work hard.

The best way to make that happen? Invest in a few hero pieces, starting with a solid pair of shoes – and Timberland’s LA Winds are just the ticket.

Comfortable without compromising on style, the LA Wind slingbacks come in a pretty pale pink colourway – the perfect nod to the season’s ice-cream-hued pastel trend. More importantly, they’re versatile, covering you from beach to bar.

Here’s how to style them for the season’s main events…

The BBQ with friends

Let’s face it, the main draw of a BBQ is sitting in the sunshine eating, which means you’ll want to be cool, comfortable and relaxed.

Go for a cotton T-shirt and an anti-fit jean (the new skinny, they say). Use your jacket (sorry, it’s British weather after all) to pull out the accent of your shoes and tie your look together. This AllSaints blush suede jacket will match your LA Winds perfectly.  

The day at the beach

What with sun cream, sweat and sand, you’re going to want to keep things simple when you hit the beach.

Your LA Winds sandals will keep your feet cool when the temperature starts to soar, but you’ll also need something light such as a crepe dress.

Grab a beach bag to finish the look. Straw dominated the catwalks this season, from statement oversized sunhats at Giorgio Armani to woven totes at Balenciaga, so this bag by Loeffler Randall will have that summer trend covered.

The festival

Ah, bum bags – every Instagram It Kid’s go-to. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny they come in pretty handy when you’re at a festival.

This white woven one from Zara works perfectly with the LA Wind’s chunky white sole – a functional style to keep you comfortable while you watch the action on stage. 

Pair these pieces with cut-off shorts and a metallic rain jacket – the perfect nod to the hyper outwear trend and made to be worn during the festival season. 

The summer wedding

Weddings are all about celebrating love, right? So it would make sense that romantic florals are the order of the day.

With a whimsical, billowing silhouette, this pretty linen print dress from Zimmermann pairs perfectly with your pastel sandals. 

But more importantly, your shoes will be comfortable enough to keep you on your feet throughout the classic 12-hour wedding saga, from necking the bubbly after the ceremony to tearing up the dancefloor. 

Finish the look with a blush bag and you’re wedding-ready.  

For the perfect summer sandal, shop the Timberland LA Wind now