The barely-there sandal’s definitely a thing, though, and it’s become a bit of a modern classic too, because it dresses up boyfriend jeans as well as it works with formal wear. Characterised as a shoe in which there’s as little as possible going on, and which you’re still handing over wads of cash for (Oh, marketing), the idea here is to show off the foot as opposed to the footwear.
Barely there sandals have as slim a vamp (the strap across the foot) as possible, a thinly-profiled heel and modestly-sized ankle strap. That’s yer classic. Of course we’ve seen some variation with double ankle straps, colour-block combos and a thicker heel, but true barely-theres are just that: hardly on your feet at all. Keep it in mind.
So I don’t think it’s worth paying cray cray money for ’em, which is why 10 pairs in this gallery are €60 or under (several are in the €20-to-€30 bracket too). Is it a style you love or loathe? Do tell below.
Blink Barely There Ankle Strap Heeled Sandals, €42.14, Asos.
Belle sandals, €56, Coast.
Contrast heel sandals, €150, Cos.
Dorothy Perkins bronze large sequin pouch, €19.
Halette sandal, €95, Dune.
Dunnes two tone sandal, €25.
Rapture heels, €57, Nasty Gal.
Blue Suedette Bow Ankle Strap Heels, €24.99, New Look.
Stone Ankle Strap Open Toe Block Heel Sandals, €24.99, New Look.
Ruth sandal, £180, Kat Maconie.
Jeopardy sandal, €63, Office.
Block heel sandal, €15, Penneys.
Not exactly bank-breaking to begin with, these River Island heels started out at €80, and are now €35. Run!
Beige contrast barely there sandals, €50, River Island.
Leather and textile sandals, €65, & Other Stories.
Wave structure sandals, €65, & Other Stories.
Ted Baker Saffia Nude Exotic Barely There Sandals, €168.55, on Asos.