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The best flat sandals – and looking after your feet as you get older

— by Alyson Walsh

CandyRed Salt Water sandals

Salt-Water sandals

That’s Not My Feet. My feet have never looked that good and after three days camping at Port Eliot festival they’re looking positively reptilian. More cracks than a parched field in Cornwall and the nail polish has faded and grown out so much that when I bumped into Hilary Robertson, she asked where I’d had the ‘ombre effect’ done.

Podiatrist Margaret Dabbs told me that feet go through the ageing process, too. As we age, the sweat glands in the feet are less active, causing drier skin, so the older we get, the more we need to pay attention to hydration levels. ‘To help prevent and treat common foot complaints, good home care is necessary,’ explains Dabbs. ‘With the right products and tools, the feet can be transformed. Start by foot filing – always on dry skin – once a week, and follow with a  decent foot specific moisturiser. The results of good foot care are instant, and the feet not only look better but feel better too.’ At this time of year my local salon Glamorous Nails is permanently busy, so I really need to engage in some DIY foot care to best showcase my new Salt-Water sandals. I opted for classic navy flat sandals to wear with denim and my collection of holiday kaftans; though the rose gold, the white and the red patent leather styles are all lovely.

That's Not My Age, flat sandals, denim

Salt-Water sandals, reptile feet and ombre nail polish

As my white Arizona Birkenstocks are about to hit the dust (reduced in the sale HERE), I’ve been looking an old-school flat sandal with bunion coverage, that I can cycle in. I do like the Ancient Greek Sandals in dark denim (available HERE) and a gorgeous indigo blue leather (available HERE) – though they’re a bit too posh to push pedals. Here’s a selection of run-around flats:

 

 

 

 

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