“Making the right sartorial decisions is the way to stay one step ahead.” Alyson Walsh writes exclusively for It’s A Shoe Thing.

‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.’ So said Alfred Wainwright the late, great British fell walker, author of A Coast to Coast Walk: A Pictorial Guide, and fellow Lancastrian. The summer season is kicking off and predictably the Great British weather is being, er, unpredictable. Making the right sartorial decisions is the way to stay one step ahead.

Whether you’re off to a posh garden party, a second wedding or a festival in a field, it’s important to choose suitable shoes. When outfit building in inclement conditions, start at the bottom and work your way up. Avoid sinking into soggy ground and still look smart by slipping into a pair of elegant wedges like Martinique or try a pair of all-dayer flats like Tropic. And yes, it’s worth noting at this point that now I’ve paid for my pedicure, I am determined to show it off (regardless of the odd shower).

Martinique Sandals

Sol Sandals 

Sitting by the pool or chilling in the garden you want to make sure your feet are comfortable whilst looking glam. Resort are a lovely sandal that are easy to slip on when you have your hands full and look great with a maxi dress or shorts. When the sun is out why not relax and enjoy the summer whilst it lasts.

Resort Sandals

There is nothing more miserable than uncomfortable shoes, well there is and that’s uncomfortable shoes with heels that stick in the mud and make crossing a lawn feel like an It’s A Knockout challenge.

If it’s too soggy for sandals, take inspiration from Susan Sarandon who made a stand against the ‘red carpet rules’ at Cannes, in a beautiful tuxedo, sunglasses and a simple slip-on shoe like Angel. Let’s hope that it’s suitable weather for sunglasses soon.

Angel Shoes

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Alyson Walsh, author Style Forever, photo taken by Dvora @FashionistableAlyson Walsh is a former fashion editor for Good Housekeeping magazine; a regular feature writer for the Guardian, Financial Times ‘How To Spend It’, Saga Magazine and allaboutyou.com.

Alyson started her successful style blog, That’s Not My Age, six years ago in order to celebrate the creed that ‘style is forever’. In her book ‘Style Forever’ she explores how the topics of fashion, age and culture are connected. Alyson has also appeared on BBC News and BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour with Jenni Murray www.thatsnotmyage.com

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