The Hot Product: Hermès Sandals

Often, when a product reaches peak status via Instagram, it quickly loses its appeal – but Hermès sandals are an exception to the rule. Right now, fashion girls are falling hard for two styles in particular – the classic Oran and the chunkier Chypre. Here’s everything you need to know, including how to get your hands on a pair…

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The Origin

The Oran first launched in 1997 – a design by shoe designer Pierre Hardy on behalf of Hermès. Pared-back, subtle but instantly recognisable, the straps form the signature H shape and over the years, it’s become a cult classic. Nowadays, it’s available in everything from classic Gold Piqûres Écrues to white with contrasting stitching. 

The Evolution 

If you loved the Oran then you’ll love the Chypre – pronounced ‘shee-prre’ – which launched last year, so early adopters will be feeling smug. Proof Hermès knows what it’s doing, the Chypre has already become a fashion girl favourite. It's a more directional take on the Oran, albeit sharing the same iconic H strap, but with an anatomical rubber sole and additional adjustable velcro strap. Think of it as an elevated Hermès take on the dad sandal. 

While it’s also available in Gold Piqûres Écrues, as well as bolder colours and suede, sheepskin is the standout. Introduced for A/W21, it’s comfortable, easy to wear, and the perfect luxury go-to. They’ve been spotted everywhere on Instagram – from city pavements to poolside – and the styling possibilities are boundless. If elevated comfort is your thing, it doesn’t get better than this. 

Who’s Wearing Them 

The chunkier Chypre is a testament to our desire for stylish, laidback and practical dressing this summer. With the weather warming up, flat sandals make a more appropriate – not to mention comfortable and versatile – seasonal alternative to trainers and heels. Whether worn with relaxed tailoring for work or summer dresses for weekends, take your cues from the likes of Pernille Teisbaek and Lisa Pitaud – both of whom are fans of the brand’s latest styles. 

How To Style Them 

The Chypre works for both day and night, giving anything from a dress to denim shorts a bit more polish. Whether it’s slouchy tailoring, a tank and boyfriend shirt for work, or with a silk slip or sundress on holiday, they’re a worthwhile investment. 

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