Sandals:Complete Guide (Updated 2022)

What are sandals?

Sandals are shoes that expose the feet.

Sandals are open-type footwear with soles fixed to the foot through straps, clips, or through arches and ankles. They can be worn by both men and women, but women have more styles. Because of its extremely simple structure, sandals are the earliest foot articles in human history, which evolved from primitive wraps.

Sandals have appeared in ancient civilizations, and their appearance and structure seem to be “a pair of solid soles tied with a strap or rope” style.

Sandals are a shoe type that includes a variety of styles: flats, wedges, high heels, fish mouths, straps, chevrons, cap toes, and more. Mainly worn barefoot, but also with socks. Sometimes sandals are indistinguishable from other types of shoes, but sandals are generally considered to expose most of the foot, especially the toes.

These shoes are airy and cool, and some simple styles are even similar to slippers; but sandals are not the same as slippers: sandals have a thicker sole than slippers, have a heel, are more beautifully designed, and use more materials, and can be worn in places such as school and Some corporate posts and other public places.

Sandals are generally worn in summer, but can also be worn in spring and autumn, and now there are sandal styles specially worn in winter. In fact, wearing sandals off-season is not a taboo, or even an avant-garde innovation; but when pursuing fashion, you also need to pay attention to temperature and body, and it is best to add a pair of socks on your feet to keep warm.

Due to the constraints of traditional concepts or the rules and regulations of major social organizations, some varieties of sandals are the same as slippers: they are not suitable for wearing when doing sports activities, attending solemn occasions, or working in some industries; Mouth shoes and sandals with high heels can usually be used for most formal occasions, and even this style of sandals once became a symbol of elegance and grace for women in the workplace.

All in all, sandals are now gradually becoming a fashion item rather than a mere summer dress.

What styles of sandals are there?

Sandals are a type of shoe that includes a variety of styles. A pair of sandals can have a variety of non-conflicting features at the same time: such as platform fish mouth shoes, high-heeled straps, flat sandals, high-heeled sandals, Roman sandals, beach sports toe sandals, etc.

In addition to sorting by heel (flat, high, wedge) styles, sandals are available in the following styles.

Gladiator sandals/Roman Sandals:

Vamp with multiple straps, also known as strappy sandals and gladiator shoes.

Platform Shoes:

The thick sole of the thick-soled sandals can achieve a certain heightening effect, but the pressure on the feet is less. Platform sandals are usually flat shoes, but wedge sandals with a certain slope are also platform sandals.

One word belt shoes:
The simplest and most add-on sandal style. But its packaging is not good.

Fish Mouth Shoes:
Also known as open-toed shoes. There is a fish mouth-shaped cutout at the top of the toe, just exposing one or two toes. At the same time, it is also a wrapping sandal style, so it can be worn all seasons.

High-heeled fish head shoes are a variety of sandals that can allow the wearer (women) to attend some more formal occasions, and can show the gentle and elegant temperament of women.


Refers to shoes without a back (Backless), which can also be regarded as sandals, usually high heels

Beach sandals:
Also known as beach shoes. It is more popular among elementary and middle school students to go to the beach or wear it everyday in summer. It is more comfortable and flexible than fashion sandals, and it is more durable. Some beach sandals with poor wrapping (especially not covering the toes) are not suitable for sports.

Sports sandals:
Sports sandals have the breathability of ordinary sandals, the firmness of the upper and the firmness of sports shoes, and a secure connection to the foot. Good quality sports sandals can support the wearer to carry out a certain intensity of sports while ensuring breathability; but conservatively speaking, it is generally not allowed to wear sports sandals in regular sports or school sports.

Cool Boots:
Boots with exposed toes. This kind of wrapping style is not suitable for hot summer wear. The personality of this sandal can be considered relatively wide.

Toe sandals:
A toe sandal is a style of sandal that partially or completely wraps the front of the toe, and comes in a variety of styles, from fashionable commuter styles for formal occasions and catwalks, to comfortable and handsome sports or beach casual styles.
The toe cap that wraps the toes can make women wearing toe-cap sandals look more restrained and dignified; there are also toe-cap sandals that wrap the front of the toes with straps: this kind of sandal can not only protect the toes from injury to a certain extent, but also achieve the effect of ventilation and cooling .
Wearers who are not confident about their toes can also wear this style of sandals, which can hide their toes while ensuring the comfort of the feet. At the same time, this style of sandals is less obtrusive than open-toed style sandals when paired in autumn and winter.

Winter sandals:
Winter sandals are sandals that expose your feet in winter. Generally speaking, winter sandals are filled with plush inside, as well as greater foot coverage. But as a type of sandal, winter sandals still have obvious exposed areas. Winter sandals can be paired with a variety of socks for some innovative fashion combinations, or worn barefoot.

The history of sandals:

Origin and development

Sandals have a long history.
There are sandals in the statues of ancient Greece and ancient Rome. There is a Greek myth that lovers engrave their lover’s name on the bottom of their sandal, and when they walk on the beach, the lover’s name is left on the sand. Spartan warriors wore sandals to protect their feet from the heat and stones. There was a time when gays in Athens and Rome also wore sandals. By the late Roman period, men had resumed wearing sandals. But these sandals are brightly colored to show their different social status. For example, officials wear red sandals and civilians wear black sandals. And the priests and monks at that time also dressed like this to show their disdain for the glitz of the world.

The Egyptians left their footprints on the wet sand as early as 3500 BC – weaving straw ropes to fit the soles of the feet, and using rawhide straps to fasten them to the feet. These sandals are very practical, wearing them can protect the soles of the feet from dry, rough ground, the disadvantage is that the feet are exposed to the sun. Smart Egyptian women decorated them with jewelry to protect from the sun and beautify their images.
The soles of the sandals worn by Roman queens are made of gold, and the laces are embellished with rare treasures, which are sexy, charming, and simply dazzling.

The Japanese call woven sandals Zori.
Persians and Indians wear prickly wedge sandals.
Africans use dyed pigskin to sew a “slippery” pattern.
The Slavs used felt.
The Spanish used rope chains.
In the cold and wet England, the British imitated the invaders from the Mediterranean and wore sandals.
There is a big difference between the styles and designs of these various sandals.

Forgetting and Revival
Later, sandals were gradually forgotten. In the 12th and 13th centuries, sandals became popular again. By the 19th century, sandals disappeared again. It wasn’t until the 20th century that Isabella Duncan revived wearing sandals. Since then, sandals have gradually become a typical women’s shoes.

Popularity and Innovation
While there are many shoes that reveal the status of the wearer, sandals are different. Whether it is a distinguished noble person or a poor poor person; whether it is a pure girl or a dusty woman can wear it. In the 1920s, after a lapse of nearly 1,000 years, sandals regained popularity and became popular. With a variety of heels, it has regained its former glory and is even more charming.

During the 1960s, flat sandals became more popular. By the 1970s, disco high-heeled sandals made of realistic snakeskin and silvered leather became fashion darlings, and flats were thrown into the corner. It didn’t take long, though, for the jeweled disco look to feel a little frivolous and tacky. In the 1980s, some clothing brands improved the high-heeled sandals, and the more restrained instep decoration was both sexy and dignified. These designers show us the true nature of the ancient Egyptian sandals – a good pair of sandals should highlight the true nature of the foot, not other fancy items.

By the late ’20s, the toes had gained more freedom and importance, dyed bright red and poking out of heeled sandals. Shortly after entering the 21st century, a new fashionable trend of sandals appeared again – with only a few shoelaces as thin as noodles on the feet, women’s jade feet were unreservedly displayed in plain sight.

How to match sandals?

Clothing matching
From the perspective of clothes, usually, fair-skinned girls like to choose colors with higher brightness and chroma, while sandals should choose plain colors as much as possible, which will give the whole a sense of balance and will not let themselves become Christmas tree; and girls with slightly yellow skin usually like to choose cool clothes such as green and blue, so they need to use shoes of the same color to adjust, because green and blue clothes are difficult to match with warm shoes, if they don’t match well , it is better to use the same color insurance.
Sandals and dresses
Sandals and nail polish
The decoration that is close to the shoes is the nail polish on the feet. The choice of nail polish can either use the same color, or use adjacent colors and contrasting colors to emphasize the characteristics and make bold attempts. Brightly colored sandals look great with gold and silver nail polishes, and can brighten the complexion. Black and white are also good choices. Dark-colored shoes can be matched with rust red and brown nail polishes, which can help enhance the sense of color, and golden orange is also a good choice, which can bring a healthy feeling.
Sandals and nail polish
Sandals and socks
Of course, sandals can be matched with a variety of socks. While this combination will cover the toes, socks and sandals can be a combination.
Sandals with socks (foot only)
Warm socks allow the wearer to experience the sensation of releasing their toes over a wider time frame.
Thin stockings can make the wearer look more sexy, and can also show off their toes translucently, giving a hazy beauty. Among them, white silk gives people a bright feeling, while black silk gives people a sense of mystery.
When paired with sandals, painted socks in a variety of colors have individual patterns that can make the wearer’s feet look more colorful.
Five-finger socks with sandals are also a good choice: it can not only ensure the freedom of the toes, but also provide enough warmth for the wearer. What’s more, five-finger socks can solve special sandal styles that easily fit into flip-flop or slip-toe styles.
Sandals with socks (full body photo)
Off-season matching
Autumn and winter clothes and sandals with bare toes seem to be less exaggerated than “bare legs in the cold wind, wearing suspenders, revealing waist”, but it is still eye-catching enough.

Off-season Barefoot Matching (Female Demonstration)

Off-season Barefoot Matching (Male Demonstration)

Off-season matching is not acceptable to everyone, but it has also become a symbol of youth and passion. Even when the thick-dressed Tas enjoy the comfort of their toes dancing in the cool breeze, they usually don’t hurt their energy.
In order to create a thick and elegant atmosphere without losing the mysterious and playful atmosphere in winter, it is recommended to wear wide-leg pants or flared pants with trousers that can almost cover the entire foot. Long down jacket, but also pay attention to the warmth of the inside of the clothes and pants.

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