Yesterday officially marked the start of British Summertime, and I feel like doing a very Elle Woods valedictorian speech “We did it!!!”because making it here is never easy. Sure, the winters here aren’t entirely arctic (ta, global warming) but they are miserable and summer time marks the beginning of long nights, beer gardens, rooftop cocktails, and summer dressing. Whilst every single year I always say that I prefer autumn/winter fashion, the truth is, all I ever wear in the colder months is jeans, a jumper, and a giant coat, whereas in summer, the only two things you really need to ask yourself when getting dressed is: do I need a jacket? and is it too windy to wear a floaty dress?
The ultimate accessory to all of your summer styles? Sandals, of course. And whilst the sandal scene is going strong in the flats department (embroidered slides and lace-up pom pom delights), I’m not always the biggest advocate of shoes sans heel. I’ve always loved heels for the sculpting lift they give your legs, and when you’re out in mini skirts in summer, toned legs feel as essential as a tan! But when you’re heading out and about for the day, heeled sandals can feel a little too much, so this is why I’ve fallen so badly for Ravel’s Rockwall sandals. There’s the subtlest, almost-concealed wedge heel which is hardly visible, to give the legs a little bit of lift and tone without having you toppling on the cobbles and grass after a few afternoon Pimms in the park.
And yes, trust me, I know the reputation that ‘concealed’ wedge heels have – it conjures images of those awful concealed wedge trainers that mum’s seemed to love. Ick. But this wedge is so small and streamline it’s basically undetectable. Besides, all the focus and attention is on the tan, leopard pony skin, and silver straps! If that’s not the right side of the safari for you, Ravel also have them in zebra instead. From espadrille wedges to floral-embroidered slides, Ravel’s SS17 collection is the cherry on top of your sartorial summer cake.
This post was created in collaboration with Ravel.