london life: My top 5 casual summer shoes

One of the questions I’m often asked is what shoes should I pack for a London trip. And for good reason. You’ll do a ton of walking around this lovely city and you need something that keeps you looking cute and comfortable. Also, the weather. British summers are known to be unpredictable. Just today, I got caught in two downpours, enjoyed sunny/hot weather, walked 2 miles and biked for 3 miles – and I never worried about soggy feet. I’ve finally mastered the proper footwear for walking around this huge city with unpredictable weather.

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My top pick for short walks around town are Arizona Two-Strap Birkenstocks.*

They are the perfect pink (rose pink), but they come in other summer friendly colors, as well. Aside from being ridiculously comfortable – I feel like I’m walking on pink clouds – they also have a great grip, so no slipping on wet London pavement.

If you’re out for a longer stroll, and need something with a little more security, i.e. straps, then you want Saltwater Sandals.* I’ve worn my red pair for two summers now, and they are so comfortable from day one.

Have you seen the Arizona Love tevas trend? How cute are these Trekking Sandals* made by Nanou Beachwear? Love that Liberty print.

For the days where sandals aren’t in the cards, I have three recommendations for trainers that I love for year round, but great for long summer days.

Veja V-12 Trainers*. A cult French brand that you’ve likely seen on the likes of Meghan Markle and Emma Watson, and they’re a big favorite in the UK! Veja works with small producers in Brazil to produce ecological and fair-trade shoes, made from recycled water bottles and wild rubber. I love a simple and chic trainer, and this one fits the bill.

(PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCACORBINMURRAY INSTAGRAM)

Novesta Star Master Trainer. I love the chunky rubber sole of these shoes, and the contrast with the beige shoe. Made in Slovakia, with natural rubber and 100% cotton canvas.

(PHOTOS: @SOPHIA_ROSEMARY, Novesta)

Last recommendation are another cult favorite of French women (I have a thing for French cult brands, what can I say?), and I’ve been wearing these for years: Bensimon Elly Trainers*

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