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Recommendations for sandals or flats to wear with knee/midi skirts?

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CurbsideProphet Thu 14-Jul-16 19:34:05

I'm going on holiday to a European city in August. I'll be wearing knee/midi skirts and maybe tea dresses (if I can find one that flatters a short size 12/14). I'm not sure what shoes/sandals will look stylish and be comfy for lots of walking.

I'm usually a 5.5 and have quite narrow ankles. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks in advance smile

CurbsideProphet Thu 14-Jul-16 21:13:44


Acornantics Thu 14-Jul-16 21:21:34

I'd go for a non-sporty Merrell if your nee is for comfort over style. I have a dark brown leather pair that I feel go with casual skirts and summer dresses when it's hot and I'll be walking.

They're not cheap but they last and I LOVE my Merrell, year after year.

Madbengalmum Thu 14-Jul-16 21:22:48

I had the same thoughts.
Aside of wedges or heels, i think your options are ballet flats, or superga type pumps. Tried mine on with flat sandals and didn't look right.

CurbsideProphet Thu 14-Jul-16 21:58:54

I think I would prefer ballet pumps over sandals, but wasn't sure what would go with midi skirts. Good tips thanks smile

cannaethink Thu 14-Jul-16 22:00:53

I'm just back from a European city holiday, I wore new balance 420 trainers with knee length skirts and dresses. I reckon it looked ok!

Judydreamsofhorses Thu 14-Jul-16 22:07:58

My "summer uniform" is midi dress and trainer type shoes. I have Nike Roshe, and various colours of Supergas, but this might be a bit casual for what you're after. I also have Saltwater sandals which I thought would work with skirts/dresses, but actually they look much better with jeans.

revealall Thu 14-Jul-16 22:15:13

Ballet pumps generally have thin soles though. Not great after a day's walking.
I would look for a thicker sole ( good if you are a bit short too).
I can't suggest much as my style is " fuggly" shoes but perhaps a glance at Rocket Dog or Fly might help you find something stylish but robust?
I am looking at ASOS for some lovely clogs but I understand this might not be to your taste!

CurbsideProphet Thu 14-Jul-16 22:37:40

reveal Good point about ballet pumps having thin soles. I hadn't thought about Rocket Dog. I have some fab boots from them, so I will have a look on their website at flats etc.

Judy and cannae I'm not really a sporty trainer person, but I will have a look at soft loafer type things. I don't want to spend the week limping about because of blisters from ill fitting sandals!

CurbsideProphet Thu 14-Jul-16 22:42:31

I just had a quick google of superga. Love the look, but sadly they are way out of my budget sad

dragonsarebest Thu 14-Jul-16 22:48:05

Try tk maxx for superga, they've had loads in lately for around £15.

CurbsideProphet Fri 15-Jul-16 07:52:51

Great thanks dragons !

VeraVioletVinn Fri 15-Jul-16 11:01:24

Not sure it this would be your style OP, but if you want something like ballet pumps, I can recommend these from Clarks:

Feature film shoes

I have them in black and gold and they are very comfy as have a decent sole and the strap keeps them snug on the feet without having to be too tight. Also have half sizes and are reduced in the sale!

CurbsideProphet Fri 15-Jul-16 12:21:32

Great thank you! I do like Clarks, as their 5.5 usually fits me well smile

BlueEyeshadow Fri 15-Jul-16 14:31:16

Personally, I find walking sandals much more comfortable than ballet flats or canvas shoes. I've just bought these, also from Clarks and am expecting to walk miles in them this summer.

I also tried these on and they were very comfortable, but not so outdoorsy.

Bonbonchance Fri 15-Jul-16 15:41:45

I got leather Superga in the Schuh sake recently....they are great I wear them with everything!

CurbsideProphet Fri 15-Jul-16 16:49:34

blue I like those Clarks sandals, thanks for the links. Yes you're right, a day in ballet flats would probably be a recipe for blisters!

It looks like Clarks for the win now, especially with that sale on smile

CurbsideProphet Fri 15-Jul-16 21:31:51

vera I've just ordered them in the silver/metallic smile

Toffeelatteplease Fri 15-Jul-16 21:36:43

sketchers Go walks sweetpea a weird mix of ballet pump and trainer with a decent sole

VeraVioletVinn Mon 18-Jul-16 10:08:56

Fab, hope they work out for you Curbside - I am having to restrain myself from ordering a third pair in another colour...

ShyGirlie Mon 18-Jul-16 14:37:23

My legs always look terrible when i try to wear flat sandals with a knee length skirt or dress. Can't do heels though. Where am i going wrong?

Fed up sweating it out in jeans all summer due to this problem!

Jemimapuddleduk Mon 18-Jul-16 14:40:02

The Clarks taylor palms are beautiful and in the sale currently.

CurbsideProphet Mon 18-Jul-16 16:04:51

shy I'm not keen on having my legs oit, but I just go with it. I can't wear jeans in this weather!

CurbsideProphet Mon 18-Jul-16 16:06:52

Jemima I ordered a pair online at the weekend (as well as their feature film shoes!) smile

Jemimapuddleduk Mon 18-Jul-16 16:11:08

Hope you like them. I have the silver ones and they are just beautiful! I would love navy patent but they don't do that colour.

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