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Flat Leather Sandals for Women – How to find good quality summer sandals  

Today I’m talking about how to recognize good quality flat leather sandals for women.

I’ve never found it easy to find good quality sandals at a great price.

Often especially sandals are poorly made or have an unflattering shape.

Shoe shopping is never easy. If you get it wrong you’ll either end up with blisters or your shoes fall apart after one season.

And shopping for women’s sandals is especially tricky.

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This is NOT a quick “bla bla shoemaking” post

HOW TO START A SHOE BRAND IN ITALY

This is my ultimate to-do list on how to start a shoe brand in 2018.

This is NOT a quick “bla bla shoemaking” post.

Instead, you’re going to read about my tried and tested ways that got me where I am right now… a collection of 10+ styles, handcrafted shoes made in Italy with luxury qualities.

So let’s do this.

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ELEVATE YOUR FLATS THIS SUMMER

Already the soles of the sandals of Roman empresses were made from gold and the straps embellished with finest crystals and stones. You can always tell about a persons status by the shoes they wear. Though with sandals this was always difficult as simple sandal forms were worn by even the poorest of people and fine elegant sandals worn by people that were wealthy. After a century in the shadows the “sandal” finally stepped out into the limelight in the 1920s. With new heels and embellished details upgraded with more glamour and elegance.

Meanwhile the market offers something for everyone. If you value comfort you take your pick from Birkenstock. If you prefer glamour and sparkle, you choose a gold metallic fancy version with heel.

We have put together our favourite picks of elegant flat summer sandals 2018. With a sparkle here and a little shine there, these vibrant sandals make sure your feet are getting noticed this summer.

7 Elegant Flat Summer Sandals 2018

If I could dream up my perfect elegant summer sandal for everyday wear, this would be it. Simple, refined and chic but comfortable and well-made. This embellished flat thong sandal goes with pretty much everything. And then it’s just a bonus that these chic sandals are made responsibly in Italy by small family factories.

Here at ROCCAPINA, we’re not big on trends. We want you to wear our shoes and sandals for more than one summer. So naturally we spent a long time finding exceptional factories. We know the craftsmen personally and have a personal relationship with them.  

Here we’re breaking down our pick of the best elegant flat summer sandals for women this season based on style and quality. 

These patent-leather TKEES flat thongs are not just super soft and comfortable, they are equally stylish and make the perfect match for your next lunch at the beach in Saint Tropez. The beautiful combination of white and gold metallic details make your summer skin really stand out. 

T Kees Sandals White Thong

Every girl should own a pair of cute red summer shoes. And these are currently on sale – get them while you can! These Aquazzura slides are made from soft red suede and embellished with red, hot-pink, and metallic-pink hearts at the front strap. For romantics they are the perfect pick and go with everything from long elegant silhouettes to cute denim shorts.

Aquazzura Embellished Slides Red

And elegant flat sandals – that’s what we do here at ROCCAPINA. We believe that thong sandals and embellished T-strap sandals instantly dress up any outfit. Being a beach girl and sun chaser, sandals have always been an essential item in my wardrobe. Though I have had a hard time getting on board with the sky high price tags for beautiful high quality crystal embellished sandals. I believe the classic flat thong style is one of the most flattering sandal styles. They have quickly become my everyday go-to sandals. So I have designed my interpretation of this style for Spring/Summer SS 2018.

In ROCCAPINA’s online shop you can find two versions of elegant flat summer sandals. Both are made at our shoe factory in Italy. Our classic embellished T-strap sandals Mariellein Blush leather feature a backheel support with zipper and straps that help keep the sandals on your feet firmer. The straps and sole feel equally comfortable and are made of high quality leather. They feature an adjustable ankle strap which you can cut to your desired length and shorten if you only want to wrap it around for 1-2 times. Everyone’s taste is different. While some women love a long strappy sandal, others just want to slip it on quickly and be done. Don’t let all the straps scare you—this strappy t-strap is easy to slip on and off thanks to a handy zipper in the back. And although the sole is made from leather and not padded, they are made from the finest quality soles and provide durability and comfort.

Blush Leather Sandals Flat Crystal Embellished T Strap Thong

 

Our second style is our timeless flat thong sandal Fleur. Even my man said, ‘Those are really cute,’ and really, when do men ever notice our shoes? They must be extremely pretty and spectacular I thought. They have quickly become my everyday go-to sandals as they are so fine and delicate and feel like they’re barely there. One word: amazing. These elegant flat summer sandals are my perfect everyday wear companion. The fine leather straps and sole just feel super soft; no slipping, no rubbing, and you really don’t feel like you’re walking on a non-padded sole at all. I still remember the days when the balls of my feet would hurt so much (that burning sensation, you know?) even in flat shoes.. BUT not in these, ladies.

Elegant Flat Summer Sandals ROCCAPINA FLEUR

Elegant Flat Summer Sandals ROCCAPINA FLEUR

 

Next up, timeless leather slides. Truth be told, these beauties are a little too pricey for me and essentially why I decided to create ROCCAPINA. So we can all wear beautiful quality elegant flat summer sandals like this — but at a more moderate price. Still – these flat slides from Bottega Veneta are a summer classic for me and they come in beautiful brown or gold metallic leather as well.

Elegant Flat Summer Sandals Bottega Veneta Silver Slides Sandals

Then of course another timeless sandal style that belongs for me in this category is the always chic and elegant Hermes Oran sandal. Justifies the price tag because if any flat summer sandal will stand the test of time, then surely this one I predict. My favourite colour is a beautiful soft tan brown or a classic white calf leather that looks beautiful. So while heels are an integral part of every womens wardrobe, often flats are the more reliable practical choice when it comes to everyday wear. After all a woman who wears flats even for a night out knows she doesn’t have to suffer to look chic. 

Elegant Flat Summer Sandals Oran Sandal Hermes Slide

From chic and embellished T-bars in metallic gold to fine suede sandals we have you covered. Not to be missed though is one of my favourite shoe designers, Bionda Castana. I own a gorgeous pair of Lana heels and they are just stunning. They feel and look amazing. Given that these are a heeled style this means a lot. Sadly the designers have stopped trading a while ago but have recently announced they will continue to produce one-off designs made to order. Maybe this time they won’t be as expensive – one can only hope!

The chic and elegant flat summer sandal Willow (pictured below) is as office-friendly as it is perfect your next summer holiday.

Elegant Flat Summer Sandals Bionda Castana Black Flat Sandals

The straps and sole feel soft and with exquisite materials like these there’s no slipping or rubbing. There’s a leather ankle strap for added support. The perfect elegant flat summer sandals for any occasion.

Our tip? Try and pick a style you’ll feel most comfortable in. And whether you want to slip it on quickly or need extra support and coverage. Decide if you need it for beach and casual wear or if you’ll like to elevate your look and dress up your casual look into a more polished style. 

 

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PS. Shop our Elegant Flat Sandals here

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This is ROCCAPINA’s best-selling sandal right now!

 

Over in Australia, summer is just getting started and with that, sandal season is in full swing.

If you’re still trying to figure out the summer trends this year, we will happily share at least what’s trending on ROCCAPINA’s website.  

Offering a refined, easy elegance with a touch of sparkle is what distinguishes our sandals. 

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