Sandals: A shoe for people who prefer to go barefoot, but must have a structured form of support on their feet! On the plus side, there are so many sandals today that are both practical and pretty, that even those who prefer to walk with a naked foot will be able to find a sandal that they love.

Sandals are an open type of outdoor footwear, consisting of a sole held to the wearer’s foot by straps passing over the instep, and sometimes around the ankle. Sandals are generally considered flats, yet some sandals have a heel (not to be mistaken for strappy sandal high heels, which are deserving of their own blog post).

A true measure of a sandal? A sandal leaves most of the upper part of the foot exposed, particularly the toes.

So here goes, sandals are the perfect shoe for a hot summer day!


Many people wear sandals in warmer climates or during warm parts of the year in order to keep their feet cool and dry. Also, sandals provide comfort and make for a great fashion choice, as a particularly stylish sandal can class up a summery outfit consisting of only shorts and a T-shirt.

Enjoy and take the heat with a sensational pair of sandals on your feet.

Sandal Fun Fact: The oldest known sandals (and the oldest known footwear of any type) were discovered in Fort Rock Cave in the United States, in the state of Oregon. Radiocarbon dating of the sagebrush bark from which they were woven indicates an age of at least 10,000 years old.

The basic construction of a sandal consists of a sole made from rubber, leather, wood, tatami or rope. It is generally held to the foot by a narrow thong that usually passes between the big toe and the second toe, or by a strap or lace, that passes over the arch of the foot and around the ankle. Sandals may or may not have a heel and/or heel strap.

I find sandals with straps that go above the ankle and up the lower part of the leg to be exceptionally attractive! Gladiator a go go!

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Sandal Fun Fact: The word sandal derives from the Greek word sandalon. The ancient Greeks distinguished between baxeae, a sandal made of willow leaves, twigs or fibers worn by comic actors and philosophers; and the cothurnus, a boot sandal that rose above the middle of the leg, usually worn by tragic actors, horsemen, hunters and by men of rank and authority.

The ancient Egyptians wore sandals made of palm leaves and papyrus. The soles were sometimes made much thicker than usual by the insertion of slices of cork, to add stature to the wearer.

(Reminds us of our high heels of today! Yes, most people wear high heels because they are so beautiful and aesthetically pleasing to the eye (and the outfit) but heels do give the benefit of adding inches to your height and length to your legs).

Step out this summer in simple but stunning sandals!


Go glad in gladiator sandals!

Fabulous forms of footwear similar to sandals:

  1. Barefoot
  2. Birkenstock
  3. Crocs
  4. Flip-flops
  5. Mules
  6. Slippers
  7. Socks in sandals

Barefoot Sandal Fun Fact: Barefoot sandals are something of a misnomer, referring to straps or jewelry such as anklets and toe rings that have no sole. Barefoot sandals originated in South Asia and are popularly worn at religious festivities and events primarily for decoration rather than protection. I find them to be particularly elegant and eye catching!


Other popular types of sandals:

  1. Caligae
  2. Clog
  3. Fisherman Sandal
  4. Grecian Sandal
  5. Huaraches
  6. Jelly Sandal
  7. Jipsin
  8. Patten
  9. Paduka
  10. Roman Sandal
  11. Saltwater Sandal
  12. Soft Foam Sandal

Is the sandal a much loved form of footwear? Why yes, there is no denying!

Strut in sensational sandal styling!


Walk a mile in sandal shoe splendor. You’ll want to walk far more.

“Oh, I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more…”

Sensational, stunning, glorious sandals galore!

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“Why are you wearing a shoe? We’re at the beach.”

“For me, going barefoot is a bit of a reach.”

“Don’t you want to feel the sand between your toes?”

“And take off my fashionable sandals? Golly gee, no!”

“Am I to presume you’re a true glamour girl?”

“Great observation. A fashionista of the world!”


Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.  Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano


About authornancymangano

Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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