I’ve come to one of those sickening conclusions that I have got the wrong sandals for this year. I’m bothered by such trifles. I know! Go ahead and pity me, I don’t care.

But the fact is that my sandals this year are navy blue Birkenstocks or tan and gold Ancient Greeks. I love them both, don’t get me wrong, but in order to be absolutely and totally up to date, which you know I care passionately about, I ought to be tripping about in a pair of studded black numbers. I have re-named them “City Sandals”, quite sturdy jobs, that cover a reasonable amount of foot, with war-like embellishments. But still sandals.

This is particularly on my mind because when in town last week I saw this really beautiful girl wearing a pair of black studded sandals, shorts and a blue pie-crust collar from Cos (I know it was from Cos because she walked past Cos while I was stalking observing her and the shirt she was wearing was inside. On sale! But only size 400 left.)

Too late for me! Too late, too late, in so many ways. I think my shorts days may be coming to an end and I cannot justify buying a new pair of sandals now… but, there is still hope for you. I know it is raining and you are not thinking about sandals right now, but you ought to be taking this Warren Buffet-like opportunity and running with it as it means that while everyone else is buying umbrellas, you can clean up on these.

I have found a really ace collection of black flat chunky sandals at John Lewis – some are reduced. Pick whichever pair you like best and get them.

I will be just over there in that corner having a small cry.

Somerset by Temperley, £64

These are my pick for fabulousness and also for most money off – if I had a spare £64 knocking about I’d get these.

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Dune, £60. I mean, phwoar…

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Dune, £50


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Jigsaw, £90

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