I'm Looking for Ageless, Anti-Trend Sandals—3 Brands That Always Nail the Brief

Yes, we love Sambas, we've praised the return of the ballet flat, and we can't deny the fun of the mesh trend. But I have to put it out there: Sandals are in a league of their own. Flatform, strappy, toe-ring or thong, these sunny-day shoes come in all shapes and sizes, each giving signs of summer. With anklets at the ready and pedicures complete, it's time to round off our looks with sandals, and fashion insiders agree, these three brands make the very best. 

With a dress or trousers, shorts or a skirt, there's nothing a sandal won't go with. They're elevated yet casual, office-ready and beach appropriate—truly, there's no time when a sandal won't do. And though sandal trends may come and go, none ever truly go out of style. So, whichever you choose, you're on to a winner. Each summer, brands show their appreciation for this particular shoe by designing a slew of options to tempt us into buying fresh pairs. And though this allows for plenty of choice, it can also be slightly overwhelming. Where to begin? Well, I've hunted down three brands that do the very best sandals; those worth having on your radar if you're in the market for a fresh pair.

First up, Massimo Dutti shares classic styles with a minimalist edge that you can hardly believe come from the high street. As for Birkenstock, we couldn't be more pleased about its recent revival, though for many, they never really went away. With socks or without, however you wear them you're sure to do so for a long, long time. And finally, we have Ancient Greek; taking inspiration from ageless silhouettes and modern trends, this brand strikes the perfect balance of understated yet impactful that is sure to have plenty of people asking, "Where did you get those?".

Ready to explore Massimo Dutti, Birkenstock and Ancient Greek's sandals for 2023? Let's go! 

1. Massimo Dutti


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Every pair of Massimo Dutti sandals look timeless and expensive. 


2. Birkenstock


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Taffy wears Birkenstock Arizona sandals. 


3. Ancient Greek Sandals


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If Marianne likes them, you're on to a winner. 


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Florrie Alexander
Acting Affiliates Editor

Florrie embarked on her fashion journey while studying French and History at university. Whilst studying in Aix-en-Provence, she began to write her dissertation on the history of fashion and the influence of Haute Couture, and landed her first role at Harper’s Bazaar. Following this, she interned for various publications including Elle, Grazia and Marie Claire before joining the fashion team at Conde Nast Traveller. There, she contributed to international photoshoots, styled pages and covers, and produced engaging digital content.

During a freelance period, Florrie honed her skills in editorial work in various digital and print publications including Vogue Italy and Departures magazine, as well as styling e-commerce photoshoots and personal shopping. Florrie actively pursues an in-depth understanding of fashion and jewellery, and after styling a jewellery cover shoot at Conde Nast Traveller chose to complete the De Beers Diamond Foundation course. Florrie first joined Who What Wear UK as a freelancer before becoming the Commerce Writer, blending both editorial and commercial content. Now, as the Acting Affiliates Editor, she monitors current trends, new-in styles, wardrobe heroes and how best to style them. In her downtime, Florrie can be found in her hometown of London, usually with a coffee in hand.