Whether you are spending the afternoon lounging on a blissful Thai beach or exploring the shopping malls on Phuket or beach strip on Koh Samui, the right footwear is always a major part of your holiday fashion choices. Rebecca Foster looks at some of the options.
For fashion conscious female travellers, one of the highlights of a holiday is that you have the extra time to plan each and every one of your outfits to look fabulous wherever you go, whatever you are doing. People who visit Thailand are spoilt for choice with the range activities on offer, from mornings spent exploring the majestic waterfalls hidden in the tropical jungle surroundings of Phuket or Samui, to afternoons discovering the many shops and markets. To take part in such activities, the right footwear is essential for comfort, as well as to compliment a stylish outfit.
The colourful range of below aim to provide inspiration for your ultimate holiday footwear must-haves this season…
Chloe’s two-tone colour block leather sandals are the ideal footwear for a gentle stroll, or even an afternoon of shopping. These sandals are the perfect accompaniment to a pair of stylish shorts and a matching two-tone bag, with the sleek black and tomato red hues of the leather offering a striking punch of colour. The practical ankle strap and heel support also offer the wearer additional support to ensure that the sandals remain comfortable throughout the day.
For travellers determined to explore some of the Thai island’s natural treasures, a pair of trainers or hiking boots is essential. Hanwag’s Rock Access Gore-Tex trail shoes perform excellently in mixed terrains, from leafy jungle trails to slippery rock pool paths. These trail shoes are also waterproof, and offer breathable protection that is essential for use in Thailand’s balmy climate. The trainers feature a stylish suede and nylon upper mesh, sticky rubber toe and heel bands for added durability and a Ghillie lacing system for a customised fit.
Best beach buy
Time spent on the shimmering sandy beaches requires a simple pair of flip-flops, which are undoubtedly the most practical choice for stamping around on the sand, but that doesn’t mean they need to be any less stylish or colourful than a pair of shoes. The Thora Sandal by elegant designer Tory Burch features a wide band in a striking metallic snake print, a mini gold logo medallion and a printed logo footbed to add a little extra glamour.
Travellers spending their holiday in one of Thailand’s opulent private villas might want to invest in a practical pair of shoes to wear around the villa’s pool area. Newbark’s monochrome sandals are the perfect choice, as they are both comfortable and easy to slip on and off as you walk around the property. The sandals feature a small heel of 10mm, which offers a supportive cushion to the foot, in addition to padded toe posts and embroidered white stripes for a sporty style statement.
Worn by the likes of Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley and Mila Kunis, the vibrant So Kate Python stilettos by Christian Louboutin are an inspired choice for a night of cocktails and bar hopping. With a tremendous height boost of 120mm, the classic shape and style of the shoes – the latest in the So Kate range – offsets the wacky colours and prints. These stilettos would be a perfect with an elegant pencil skirt or shift dress, with the distinctive red-sole trademark of the Louboutins screaming chic designer style.
by MAX VEE