If You Hate Wearing Sandals in the City, This One's for You – M & S
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If You Hate Wearing Sandals in the City, This One's for You

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Even if you're not a germaphobe, you have to admit that bare feet anywhere near filthy city streets is cringeworthy, to say the least. But given that this editor is, indeed, a germaphobe, I'm taking it upon myself to help you find sandals that will protect your feet when pounding the big-city pavement (as opposed to the sandy shores) and still look cool.

While it's hard not to love a pair of white sneakers or ballet flats in the summer, sometimes you just need something that's a little more breathable during the dog days of summer. If you just look out for a few characteristics when city-sandal shopping, your feet and the street will never be too close for comfort. Namely, a sturdy ankle strap (so that your shoes don't fly off of your feet while trekking around town—I've been there and never want to go back), a small platform to keep your feet elevated from the ground, a partially covered toe, thick straps, and/or a large enough insole to avoid foot overhang. Well, I found 18 stylish sandals that pass the city-street test. Shop them below.

A treaded sole is the best sole for the city. Available in sizes 36 to 41.
These Birkenstocks received the chicest buckle upgrade. Available in sizes 5 to 9.
Buy these once, wear them every single summer. Available in sizes 35 to 40.
These espadrille platforms are perfect for the beach or the city. Available in sizes 5.5 to 10.
Another beach- or city-friendly pair for your consideration. Available in sizes 36 to 41.
I'd really like to wear these with something cherry-print. Available in sizes 6 to 11. 
Pretty much the definition of cool and comfortable shoes. Available in sizes 35 to 41.
If you're going to wear slides, choose a pair with a sturdy sole and wide strap. Available in sizes 4 to 10.
They'll only get better with age. Available in sizes 5 to 11.
These sweet espadrille slides are screaming summer. Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Sophisticated statement sandals are a worthy investment. Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Braided straps add the perfect amount of interest to these slides. Available in sizes 5 to 10.
Pastels are trending even more than usual this spring. Available in sizes 36 to 41.
You could probably get away with wearing these polished white slides to work. Available in sizes 35 to 41.
Just as cool after dark as before. Available in sizes 36 to 39.5.
Not over the pink trend? Behold this Acne Studios eye candy. Available in sizes 35 to 40. 
J.Crew refers to these as "sidewalk-friendly." Available in sizes 5 to 11.
The Row's covetable slides can easily be dressed up or down. Available in sizes 35 to 42.

So to sum things up, you can and should wear sandals in the city. Just have a few pairs on hand that will protect your feet for when you plan on walking a lot.



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