Ipanema Sandals* - Gisele Bundchen Ocean Sandal
What better place to test out my new Ipanema sandals than on Brighton's pebble beach? It's not quite the Brazilian beach of the company's namesake, but it's the closest we're going to get in the UK!
I love these sandals at the moment, they're a bit more elegant than the other flip flops and sandals I own, adding a bit of glamour to a casual summer outfit. These were perfect to bridge the gap between exploring Brighton's Laines in the town centre and heading to the beach for paddling and soaking up the sun on the pebbles.
The base of the sandals are sturdy, however the straps are much softer rubber - almost like a jelly shoe. There's no rubbing around the toe post or ankle strap which I was slightly worried about, as I've found this with other rubber flip flops and shoes in the past. The mosaic style embellishment down the centre is also made from the same rubber material, making these sandals super durable. Perfect for paddling, they won't be ruined by the salty sea water!
I'm going to be packing these when I next go travelling in October, I was definitely missing a pair of smarter sandals last time. Tatty, very worn flip flops just don't fit the bill when you want to head to a nicer restaurant or bar in the evenings - even in Thailand!