Let’s be honest. As much as we would like the rich ‘n famous star lifestyle, budgeting is a reality in our lives, especially when it comes to clothes.

Until we all get a walk-in closet filled with designer swag à la Carrie in SATC, we have to shop wisely.

Shoes are our biggest expense so we need to make allowances for all those silly season outfits; that cocktail party we have to be seen at, the annual family braai we can’t get out of, the office Christmas party (oh, erm … gee, are we there already?)

To help our budgets and sanity, I’ve selected the only three sandals you will need to take you through the entire summer season.

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Flats

Flat thongs will carry you to the beach, pool, a braai or the mall. They’re also great for light packing for weekends away or taking a road trip.

02-thongsAbove: Embellished push in R599, weave R499, jelly jewel R799, and embellished with leather strap R599, all at Queue Shoes.

Wedges

Wedges are perfect for brunches and lunches but also work exceptionally well for grassy events like day weddings, music festivals, the races or polo.

03-wedgesAbove: Witchery ‘Ringo’ R699, black ankle strap R450, RE peep-toe R699, all at Woolworths; red with laces R299, Exact.

Heels

Strappy heels love to party and this season is all about the lace-up. Take these out for evening cocktails, on a date night or to the office Christmas do and you’ll be bang on trend.

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Above: Black ‘Casey’ gladiator R899, Zoom Shoes; red ‘President’ strappy R899, Steve Madden; nude ‘Eowossa’ strappy R699, Call It Spring; red ‘Zelia’ peep-toe R1 399, Aldo.

And there you have it. Three pairs of sandals for an entire season is wise buying until we get all that rock star swag!

Happy shopping divas.
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