I had this reader request back in the depths of January, when in England only the brave and foolhardy would dare to bare in a pair of sandals. Of course, with a climate like we have, a Goth could feel quite comfortable sporting their favourite New Rock or Demonia boots year-round, on the whole. In fact, it was only this last couple of years when I began to realise that there were more options for Gothy footwear than simply boots, boots, and more boots.
For daywear and clubwear, if you don't live in a scorching climate, you may find that all you need for the summer months is a slightly more lightweight pair of boots. A pair of winklepickers with bat buckles or some cheap, plain black boots that you picked up at a high street store in the January sales, for example.
If, however, you'd like to think outside the box a little more, or simply want to show off your toe rings and break out the anklets, there is a surprising range of summer shoes available for even the spookiest fashionista.
Flip-flops (or thongs, call them what you will)
Personally, I'm not the biggest fan of these. I don't find them comfortable and for some reason I find a near-naked foot somewhat vulgar. But they are a very cheap option - shoppers in Britain can pick up black sparkly or bejewelled flip-flops for the princely sum of £2.50.
Those who are holidaying in tropical sunshine or who live in hot countries may like to invest a little more to pick up a suitably Gothy design of flip-flop. (Even Goth babies can get in on the act with these adorable pirate skull flip-flops from My Baby Rocks. D'awww!) In my humble opinion, Demonia do some of the best spooky sandals available, with everything from platforms to skulls and studs. Even their flip-flops have a high platform, a touch that I love. Sourpuss also have some great designs for men and women.
I own two pairs of open-toed sandals; a plain black platform pair and a chunky-heeled, multi-buckled pair. The dilemma I often face with open-toed sandals is that I very rarely go bare-legged, usually preferring to wear tights, and I hate having a visible toe seam. Which is why sandals with a closed toe are better for me.
|Me with bare toes... very rare!|
Pin-up, burlesque and vintage-style shoe companies often boast some lovely sandal ranges too, just right to wear to garden parties, croquet games and other summery activities.
Spooky kids on a budget can scamper down their local high street, of course. A pair of plain black basic sandals won't break the bank and can always be customised by painting or glueing on details.
Canvas boots and shoes (baseball boots)
I know of Gothy types who roll their eyes at Converse-type boots and shoes, considering them the preserve of the mallgoth, but personally I love them. They're lightweight and comfortable, ideal for work and play, especially if like me you work in an environment where high heels and open toes are out of the question.
Lace-up canvas boots and shoes are available in a multitude of colours and designs, patterned with everything from stars to skulls to cobwebs - or you could grab a plain black pair and paint them with your own designs. I have this spiked pair and this pink pair, both Demonia, and I love them a lot.
Unlike the majority of sandal designs aimed at Goths, baseball boots don't look out of place on men, either.
Again, this style of shoe is widely available on the high street; look for PVC toe caps at Topshop and black lace-ups with an inch-high platform for only £12.99, currently available in New Look.
Mary-Jane shoes have long been a staple of Gothic fashion. Again, Demonia have some cute styles with skulls, and I love this steampunk-inspired design, but TUK are undoubtedly the reigning champions of Mary-Janes fit for Emily Strange. I will always be crazy about their Kitty shoes.