The Cult Sandals Fashion People Are Wearing Instead of The Row's Fisherman Sandals

As a fashion editor, nothing excites me more than discovering pieces that I know are going to be a big hit amongst the style set. And what makes the feeling just that little bit sweeter is spotting said treasures just before everyone else catches on. So when I started to notice A.Emery Jalen Leather Sandals (£180) on the feet of multiple trendsetters—which I had been wearing for a little while by this point—it just confirmed what I already knew: this is the summer shoe brand to invest in.

And the Jalen style isn't the only pair I noticed cropping up; be it the tie-up leather Shel style with a cute bow at the back or the brand's elevated take on the humble flip-flop with its Kinto thong sandal, one thing is for certain—A.Emery does chic, simple and summer-ready leather footwear like no other.

A.Emery Jalen Sandals

Junior branded content editor Humaa Hussain wearing A.Emery Jalen Leather Sandals.

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As much as I love basically every pair on offer from this Australian brand, my heart belongs to Jalen. There's just something about the minimalist design that speaks to my pared-back personal style like no other. Crafted from supple leather and boasting a sleek shape with a square toe and thick straps, these sandals give off an effortlessly polished vibe that I love.

I wore them on repeat when I was living in L.A. last summer. Whether navigating the bustling streets of Melrose Avenue, enjoying a day at the beach or working at the Who What Wear L.A. office, I found myself reaching for them every morning during those warm months.

A.Emery Jalen Sandals

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As the weather changes and we all begin to consider what pieces to add to our summer wardrobes, many of us may find ourselves scrolling our socials, keeping our eyes peeled for the next It shoe, most-wanted accessory or the perfect pair of go-with-everything sunglasses. Although we may all confess to being a little swayed by seasonal trends, rest assured that the sandals at the top of every editor's wish list will still be working hard for your wardrobe by September. Invest in them now and I promise you'll love them just as much next summer, and the summer after that.

A.Emery Jalen Sandals

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Fashion influencers like Marianne Smyth and Lois Sterling (both pictured above) have been spotted showcasing their own take on styling the Jalen. Smyth adds laid-back cool to her ensemble, teaming the olive suede pair with mid-wash jeans and a sleeveless cardigan, whilst Sterling makes hers feel a little French by wearing them with a flowing, black maxi dress and oversized sunglasses. Needless to say, these sandals have garnered quite the fan club, and hopefully, you can now see why.

Jessica Skye wearing A Emery sandals and linen trousers

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Though I would love to keep this brand close to my chest, I know I'd be doing a disservice to the Who What Wear UK community by gatekeeping it. In light of this, I've collated all my favourite pairs for you below. But when you start spotting them everywhere, just remember that you heard it here first!

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Junior Branded Content Editor

Humaa is the Junior Branded Content Editor at Who What Wear UK, where her expertise lies in paid for and affiliate stories for beauty and fashion brands. Humaa has a BA Hons degree in English literature and previously held editor roles at British Vogue and Marie Claire US. Most recently she moved over from the Who What Wear US Branded Content team to join the UK title to help build out the team on home ground. She is a September baby and though does not believe in astrology, cannot deny that she is a Virgo through and through. When she's not trying to poke a hole through her credit card on a daily basis, because of her job writing many, many shopping stories, you can find her making her way through her Kindle Unlimited TBR list–spoiler: it's a long one. Follow her on Instagram at @Humaa.Hussain