As an update to last season’s gladiator footwear look, the opulent thong sandal continues to trend for Summer. This year they’re less warrior-like, a little more lady-like and perfect with just about any summer ensemble. Wear these shiny strappy flats with dresses, skirts, jeans, cotton-rich pants, leggings, shorts and swimwear. From bejeweled beauties to patent, colourful or metallic options, there’s something for all thong sandal wearers. While they don’t make my essential “must have” list, they’re certainly a nice to have. Versatile, timeless and ageless, a lavish thong sandal is the ultimate answer to casual chic.

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A selection of smart flat thong sandals from I bought the “Me Too” (middle row on the right) metallic pair last Summer and they’re still going strong. They’re comfortable and make my “4-hour” mark.