Sandals or sneakers in the sun?
The holiday-shoe solution: pack all the options you can fit in your case
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