7 thong sandals that will elevate all of your favourite summer outfits

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Retro-inspired and yet beyond chic, this season’s ‘it’ shoe is the inimitable thong sandal

Everyone from Fendi to Proenza Schouler and Versace continued to rep the nineties on the spring / summer ‘19 catwalks. Rather than bold, playful interpretations of the trend as seen in previous seasons, this season is more about a chic nod to nineties style than full on primary prints. Think more minimal Calvin Klein than clunky Buffalo boots if you will.

A major takeaway trend from the catwalks was slimmer, more delicate footwear options; now dubbed the ‘barely there sandal’, a style that net-a-porter alone have bought 15,000 pairs of this season. Net-a-Porter’s global buying director Elizabeth von der Goltz explains, “The ‘Barely There Sandal’ is amongst some our most popular shoe styles at Net-a-Porter and due to the high demand we’ve continued to heavily back the sophisticated and refreshing trend by launching more than 160 new styles this season which. They’re easy to style with multiple outfits and the practical heel height makes the sandals suitable for numerous occasions, whether it’s for work purposes or an evening out on the town.

The elevated thong sandal is the newest and more directional update on the multi-strap sandal, and the perfect partner to summer’s more fashion forward silhouettes. Wear it with everything from billowing, ankle-grazing maxi length dresses to tailoring and the divisive cycling short. Thanks to it’s minimal shape and wearable heel height it works as well with bold on-trend looks as it does with straight-leg jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Whatever you wear it with; it’s the ultimate footwear choice this season.

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  • Totême The Flip-Flop Heel blue

    Toteme grey blue leather thong heeled sandals

    Elegant and understated Totême’s take on the flip-flop heel is the original and best; great with jeans and an oversized shirt for an elevated daytime look, or with a simple black ribbed knitted midi dress for evening. 

    Blue-grey leather heeled flip-flops, £360, Totême

  • Dear Frances Wrap Sandals

    Dear Frances cream leather thong sandals

    These low-heel thick strap sandals are flattering and easy to wear with everything from silk midi skirts, to vintage-wash denim or neutral tailoring.

    Cream leather sandals, £255, Dear Frances

  • Gianvito Rossi Calypso 70 leather sandals

    Available in tan, white and black these wearable 70mm heels look great with tailored shorts and a vest.

    Tan leather thong heels, £455, Gianvito Rossi (

  • Zara round vinyl mid-heel sandals

    Zara chunky thong heeled sandals high street fashion accessories

    With a chunky, low-heel these heeled sandals from Zara are perfect for garden parties and weddings. 

    Ecru heeled sandals, £29.99, Zara

  • Staud Keith croc-effect leather mules

    Staud thong heeled flip flops sandals designer luxury investment accessories shoes

    These playful 90s inspired croc-effect leather mules are pure joy in footwear form. Wear them with printed snakeskin trousers and a pastel vest or a slip dress for 90s nostalgia at its best.

    Cream mock-croc sandals, £245, Staud (

  • Simon Miller Beep 45 Leather Thong Sandals

    Simon miller green beep thong sandals with heels

    The ultimate statement shoe for summer; wear these with a voluminous cotton or linen maxi dress for effortless day-to-night dressing.

    Green leather thong sandals, £350, Simon Miller (

  • Mango Heel leather sandals

    Mango white thong heeled flip flop sandals high street

    Wear these on-trend minimal white sandals with a floral maxi dress or navy and white polka-dot dress for an effortless summer evening look.

    White thong sandals, £49.99, Mango

Opening image: Totême

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