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Forget gladiator sandals. Here's the one accessory you need to stand out at the beach

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Forget gladiator sandals. Here's the one accessory you need to stand out at the beach
When footwear meets fashion jewellery

Let's get this out of the way: Gladiator sandals are not having a glorious homecoming any time soon. The footwear that rose from the heydays of ancient Rome might've conquered the late '00s, but it's safe to say we've all learnt the hard way that its high-cut straps designed to criss-cross gracefully over lithe, tan gams is more often than not a wistful theory. If your DNA make-up comes close to that of Adriana Lima's, then pay no heed to the above. But otherwise, let it be known that we're boycotting the one time gladiators resurface every year, in summer. Rant over.

In its stead, consider these barefoot 'sandals' from socially responsible label My Beachy Side as the linchpin of your warm weather plan. Hand-crocheted by women who reside in Southeastern Turkey (near the Syrian border), these vibrant beaded accessories will set you apart from the thick of strappy sandals cruising your favourite seaside haunts. Above all, pump up your summer game knowing that it also gives the unemployed and disadvantaged women in Turkey an avenue to put their skills to work and make an independent living. 

What's more — these pliable accessories mould to the leg like no chunky, gladiator sandal ever will. 

Avalaible on MyBeachySide.com.

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