Shoes and socks: summer sandals at TK Maxx

Spring may have sprung but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to go out all guns blazing in sun dresses, shorts and all those SS12 items that you’ve been so carefully harvesting.

Socks and sandals are a winning inter-season combo, ideal for easing your way into the (slightly) warmer weather without looking like one of those goons who whips their top off in the park at lunchtime at the first sign of sunshine. In some camps, socks and sandals might say 70s dad on a campsite – but not here. And here’s the proof, featuring some fantastic summer sandals from TK Maxx.

My love of TK Maxx is well-documented on this blog and I love, love, love the fact that you can now shop online – meaning all those precious Gold Label finds have never been easier to get hold of. Here are some of my favourite finds for the always-smart socks-and-sandals style.

As seen at: Prada, Proenza Schouler, Rochas, MiuMiu (ok, last season)

I don’t think you’re supposed to drive your hot-rod in heels at all really, but these Carvela Espadrille Wedges, £44.99 (were £120) are so delicious it would be a shame to switch them for your sensible driving shoes. Those juicy pop-art shades are kind of colour block the easy way, with the blue and green doing all the hard work for you – and what better match to your Rizzo-esque wedges than flame-tipped socks?. My favourite thing about these shoes is the fact that the front is so low – ideal for those of you, like me, encumbered with fat ankles. [Socks – Topshop]

As seen at: Bottega Veneta, Loewe, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci

Acid-bright hues are a cheery alternative to classic snakeskin shades like black and tan – half ladylike  classic and half Studio 54 trashy discoballer. These Dune Snakeskin Wedge Sandals, £44.99 (were £90) are a dreamy blend of Gucci-esque jewel shades while that black snake print mutes it just enough. When faced with print, the natural answer is more print – and when doubling up on print, why not go all out with a bit of leopard alongside your snake? [Socks – Miss Selfridge]

As seen at: Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, Burberry, JW Anderson

African prints are nothing new for summer but as well as the usual safari shades and inevitable leopard and tiger prints, this summer also heralds a hodgepodge of tribal prints, textures and plenty of colour. These Steve Madden Wedged Sandals, £34.99 tick just about every box with crafty woven ribbons in vibrant colours snaking across for a tribal tapestry any gap year student would be proud of. When you’re going bananas with your shoes, I guess going bananas with your socks is the best way forward – bit of aztec never hurt anyone. [Socks – Topshop]

As seen at: Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, JW Anderson, Pucci

Paisley is just one of the prints to get excited about this season and my favourite interpretation is Jil Sander’s slightly gross, grungy, green take on the trend. Murky colours, prints straight off a slightly ugly 1970s shirt, chunky textures… mmm, all gone a bit Marni hasn’t it? Nowhere is the socks-and-sandals combo better matched than in this geography teacher-esque style and these grungy Hush Puppies Green Leather Strappy Sandals, £24.99 (were £50) are the perfect base for some nice nubby socks. Love that olive colour with the gold hardwear! [Socks – Topshop]

As seen at: Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Etro, Marchesa, Versus

You didn’t think I wouldn’t mention the 1920s, did you? With the Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby on the horizon and The Artist sweeping the board at the Oscars earlier this year, it’s no surprise that the twenties trend is rolling on and on – much to my delight, of course. As discussed before, it’s sometimes hard to carry this trend off, but who can’t wear a pair of nice shoes, right? A T-bar and low heel are key components for a flapper-style sandal and these G-Star Cream Leather Cut-Out Sandals, £34.99 (were £100) tick both boxes. A slightly frou-frou pinspot pink pair of socks feels like an entertaining dolly-bird touch although I can also see wearing these without socks alllll summer long. [Socks – Topshop]

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