San­dals or sneak­ers in the sun?

The hol­i­day-shoe so­lu­tion: pack all the op­tions you can fit in your case

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - THE CONVERSATION -

It’s the na­ture of this job that I’m quizzed on a daily ba­sis by my of­fice pals about what they should be buy­ing right now. I can be am­bushed on my way to the can­teen or to the ladies’, can­vassed for ad­vice on cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories and ex­pected to know the stock­list of the en­tire Bri­tish high street. What to wear to a wed­ding? What to wear in sum­mer? Where to get a good coat for un­der £100?

Last week, a col­league wanted sum­mer shoes for her hol­i­day. Specif­i­cally for ‘walk­ing on cob­bled streets’. And she needed to buy them from the high street that lunchtime be­cause she was go­ing away the next day. ‘Maybe Birken­stocks?’ I said. ‘Ab­so­lutely not.’ ( Their moulded sole doesn’t work with her foot shape.) ‘Train­ers?’ I sug­gested. ‘Too hot.’ Yes, but I was go­ing to prof­fer white Nike Flyknits – lighter sneak­ers for warmer climes. A flicker, but she wasn’t con­vinced. ‘Es­padrilles, then,’ I said hope­lessly. ‘Per­haps…’ she said, look­ing bored. See, ev­ery­one wants your ad­vice but no one wants to take it.

Any­way, one shoe is not enough for a hol­i­day. Not to say you need to pack

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