Sandals are a wardrobe staple in Singapore weather, not just a seasonal, sartorial flirtation. As such, the modern Singapore woman needs her sandals to look office-smart for work as well as stylish enough to be seen in on the weekends. Enter these gorgeous designs and names-to-know on the sandal scene. All of them achieve a luxe look at different price points, and some have even been seen adorning the feet of our favourite Singapore fashionistas and international industry power players. Get ready to make your lust-list:
Image: Álvaro González
#1 Andrea Chong in Melissa
Self-confessed sandals addict Andrea Chong (@dreachong) is one of the Singapore stylish set. She also has a way of wearing one of our beloved Melissa shoes’ most minimalist designs that makes us want to rush out and buy a pair! The monochrome glam of this Instagram shot is made picture-perfect by the matching marble floor…
Shop: Rubber and PVC slides, $115 by Melissa from MDreams.
# 2 Álvaro González
The name to know in luxe sandals and accessories, Álvaro González makes footwear for the jetset and regularly adorns the feet of many a fashion insider, such as the beautiful Caroline Issa below. He is the secret sauce behind many of fashion’s most well known names, previously as the Design Director of Accessories at Jimmy Choo and also positions at Loewe, Valentino and Tod’s to name but a few. His designs are exquisite, made from calf leather, sting ray and ostrich with the impeccable craftsmanship visible even in 2D. The sandals to invest in…
Prices start from $390. Shop at La Prendo:
15 Dempsey Road
01-10 Singapore 249675
+65 6474 8337
# 3 Sofia Capri
Rossella and Silvana are the women behind Sofia Capri. They translate the sun and teal waters of one of my favourite Italian islands, Capri, into their delectable designs. They were inspired by a chance encounter on the isle and the rich heritage of traditional sandal-making that the landscape holds. Each piece is handcrafted by local artisans whose craft spans three generations and the designs reference the 60s glamazons who graced Capri such as Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot. These Italian-made beauties will add a little of la dolce vita aura to your everyday.
#4 Margaret Zhang
Seen in variations of flat, black leather sandals on in her Instagram feed, stylist, student and multi-hyphenate extraordinaire Margaret Zhang has been globe trotting in these androgynous pieces for the entire summer. Classic and sleek, these are the LBD of your shoe wardrobe, wear with everything and anything.
Shop leather sandals by Vince Camuto, $89 from Kurt Geiger
# 5 grey by Orthenhill
I quite literally stumbled upon this incredible local brand, grey by Orthenhill, at its 310Woodland store in Orchard Central. Lured in by all the buttery soft-looking leather in multitudes of colours and finishes on its functional, simple designs, it was love at first sight. A Singapore-founded company, these sandals, which come in matte, patent, metallic and two-tone designs are the perfect, good quality canvases to run around in. I have my eye on the navy blue pair. Brownie points go to the brand for making its designs unisex also, his ‘n’ hers has never looked so chic.
Want to know where to shop the super popular sandal stalwart Birkenstock? See here for the lowdown of the web & brick-and-mortar addresses in Singapore.