Rachel Stevens Just Wore the Sandal Trend That's All Over the High Street

With every season, there comes along a perfect shoe trend, and every brand from the runway to the high street rushes to release their own. Last autumn gave us the chunky loafer, then winter was all about the party platform, and spring was a moment for the fisherman sandal to make yet another appearance, but among the plethora of stylish options for summer, there is a strong contender that has been quietly moving its way up the ranks. It is the flip-flop but not as you know it.


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Far from the foam-soled, plastic-strapped sandals from holidays of yesteryear, flip-flops have had a luxurious upgrade. Think premium leather slip-ons with a micro kitten heel for a little elegant uplift. And if you weren't already convinced, the shoe style is getting the celebrity stamp of approval too. 

Proving that these are the current shoes to be seen in, Rachel Stevens stepped out in not one but two pairs of heeled thong sandals in recent days, pairing black mules with one of Team Who What Wear's favourite Sleeper Dresses and the Dear Frances Wrap Sandal with a Nobody's Child linen dress perfect for summer. In fact, an airy midi and heeled flip-flops just might be the easy summer outfit equation we've been searching for (and just in time for a heatwave no less). 


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And it isn't just Stevens putting her best foot forward in these sandals. When trendsetter and all-round icon Sienna Miller stepped out on the streets of NYC in a white ruched dress and thong heels, we were treated to a masterclass in how to wear the shoes for evening, too. So you needn't worry about how long your feet can stand a strappy stiletto. This is a wearable trend that we can get behind.


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Chicer than beach-ready flip-flops but still the ideal hot-weather option for summer in the city, this versatile shoe trend is like the cooler sister of the strappy sandal and is popping up everywhere for good reason. Wear it with light dresses, shirts and shorts, wide-leg linen pants—in fact, anything you'd wear your regular flats with. And as Miller has proven, it's equally good with event dresses and great for wedding season

Keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best heeled thong sandals on the market now. 

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Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.