We were asked by the super fabulous Erin Bender from Travel with Bender if she could review Slinks, we were delighted – such a fabulous traveller and the mother behind the Bender family who have travelled to over 65+ countries and The world’s #1 family travel blog.

Here is what she said:

“The bane of my nomadic travel existence has been the inability to carry more shoes.

With limited suitcase space, my shoes are constantly vying with other clothing and essentials for an available spot. And hence I carry only 1 pair of sneakers, and 1 pair of thongs (flip flops). And that’s it.

I know, I know. I’m a savage.

Then I heard about Slinks through a friend’s blog and thought perhaps my prayers had been answered. Could I really have one pair of shoes that acted as three?

 

What are Slinks?

Slinks are ingenious interchangeable sandals. This forward-thinking fashion concept involves selecting your favourite coloured sandal base and then mix-and-match a number of sandal uppers to finish it off.

You can pick casual uppers or dressy ones. There are so many different styles that it may be hard to just choose a few.

 

What I got

The day finally arrived, and my package showed up beautifully wrapped. It was like Christmas.

My first set of Slinks they sent was the Luxury set. It included a beautiful bronze base and three uppers – Lily of the IncasMiss T and a Katie Rose.

A second set included the black base with a Cecilia and Lalay upper.

I found the first base size slightly on the small side so went up a size with the second set. The thick black strap on Cecilia also made a huge difference in stability and comfort – a pretty important travel consideration.

 

How Do You Wear Them?

The best part about the shoe has to be the design ingenuity. The ability to have 3 or 4 or 10 shoes in one.

You simply choose a base.

Then chose as many uppers as you like.

These uppers can range from a simple T-bone strap to sparkling studded crystals. Each features a press button that closes around the toe post at the front of the shoe and laces through the side loops.

Once looped, they are worn just like regular sandals.

 

What I like:

  • Three shoes in one – A shoe for every occasion. For walking on the beach, for attending a party or a gala event on a cruise, for hanging out with friends or touring the streets of Rome.
  • Light to carry – the base of any shoe is the heaviest part so requiring only one base means these are much lighter to carry.
  • Compact – the base is quite flat and takes up very little space in your suitcase.
  • Packaging – the gift set is a great idea for any special occasion. Oh, and it’s super pretty too.
  • Compliments – people I meet love these sandals. No one has ever noticed they are the same shoe base and are utterly amazed when I explain how they work.

 

What I don’t like:

There are relatively few drawbacks that I could complain about. The only things that come to mind are:

  • The base is quite rigid. If you hope to scale a mountain these aren’t hiking boots and if you want to challenge your husband in basketball then these aren’t going to cut it. But then my normal thongs (flip flops) wouldn’t either. But for all day strolling around town, it works just fine.
  • The uppers with thinner buckles were a little fiddly to do up. The first few times I had to get my husband to do it. But now I have the hang of it. Maybe I was just out of practice not having used buckled sandals for a couple years.

 

Final Word

For every woman who has tired of wearing the same shoes every day on vacation, or suffered the anxiety of only owning a pair of sandals for that fancy date night, this is the solution. While it has its strengths and weaknesses, Slinks cover a multitude of situations when you’re exploring a new exotic destination. And don’t forget the space saved in you luggage means even room for vacation shopping. And what woman doesn’t love that?”

Price: from £65/set

Where to buy: Slinks

*All our reviews are honest, unedited and unpaid for. Let us know if you’d like to review Slinks at info@slink.com


Choosing the right pairs of shoes to take on holiday to make sure that you’re covered for all scenarios is always a tricky one to master. Even harder, if you have narrowed down your options, we all know how hard it can be trying to squeeze too many pairs of shoes into the corners of a tiny suitcase. No fear, Slinks has the answer. Our devilishly clever sandal designs allow you to choose from a selection of bases and match your chosen base with as many uppers as you like! A great way of saving you space and hassle.

Here at Slinks we’ve taken a hypothetical beach and sightseeing holiday to Santorini with your girlfriends to demonstrate how to wear only one pair of shoes in 7 different scenarios. We’ve taken the white Slinks base and teamed it with 7 different uppers to get you through your holiday.

White Base R side view1. To the beach
For a simple option to wear to the beach we suggest the Miss T Slinks Upper in coral. This upper features a leather T-bar style which is guaranteed to go with everything and can be easily slipped on and off when you reach the sand.

Slinks Santa Monice beach

2. Sightseeing
For an option that is going to look great in all your sightseeing photographs we have chosen the Lady Ellen Slinks Upper. This upper turns your base into an ultra glamorous gladiator that will take you through the day and into the night. The bottom strap threads through the loops of your Slinks base and the top strap around your ankle for a secure fit. The soft leather makes this upper extremely comfortable to wear and will provide all-day comfort while you explore your holiday destination.

Megan from Mapping Megan, one of our favourite travel bloggers, jumping for joy in her Slinsk gladiator sandals outside Stanford University.

3. To Dinner
For an evening of fine food and wine we suggest wearing none other than the Adeline Dew Slinks Upper. The highly embellished design of the strap will catch the light and show off your newly tanned skin. This upper is guaranteed to suit any foot!

Slinks out to dinner!

4. On a night out
For a night out there is no better choice than the Lily Slinks Upper. The hand beaded swirl and spiral design will some sparkle to your outfit. This upper also looks stunning on any foot shape.

Dusk Waiting for the train in Finland sandals slinks

5. For a trip to the shops
We all know that a shopping trip requires comfortable footwear in order to be enjoyed. For this scenario we suggest choosing the Helena Slinks Upper which is a simple design that is guaranteed to provide long lasting comfort. This upper will also create a gorgeous two tone look with your white base that looks best teamed with a maxi dress.

Helena Nude leather sandal from Slinks

6. On a date
If you’re lucky enough to bag an impromptu date on your getaway then we suggest the Bella Slinks Upper. This upper is is a girls dream. The design is simple and stylish but the gold ring gives it an edge. This upper will look great with whichever outfit you choose and will have you looking fabulous for your date.

Bella

7. To the Airport
For airport chic we suggest pairing your base with the Cecilia Slinks Upper. This upper is an asymmetrical delight. The sleek design will add some style to the simplest of outfits. The upper comes in a red, green and snake print design as well as white so there are plenty of options to choose from.

Slinks, Flip Flops, Summer Flip Flops, Interchangeable Summer Sandals, Best Travel Shoe

We love seeing your combination creations so don’t forget to take snaps of your Slinks holiday options and tag us in your photos! Most importantly, enjoy your unlimited sandal options and make the most of all the extra space in your suitcase by buying more holiday clothes!

 

 


Backpacking adventures have become an increasingly popular type of travel – the nature of which often requires us to pack our bags and set off on a trip as a solo traveller. Enjoying your trip is of course a priority but safety needs to be considered and even more so when you’re travelling as a woman on your own. Slinks talks to Brenna of This Battered Suitcase and Char of Taylor Hearts Travel for their top tips on staying safe and enjoying the experience when travelling as a woman on your own.

 

First of all, are there advantages to travelling on your own?

B: I believe that solo travel allows you to learn a lot about yourself as well as the countries you’re visiting. It allows you do whatever you want, when you want, and it opens you up a lot more to new experiences and meeting new people.

C: You can be a do-er. Don’t dream about that destination or next experience. Just book it, get excited and enjoy it. Don’t wait for a friend to be up for it, as you could be waiting your whole life. Just make a plan and then make it happen.

What are your top tips? How do you stay safe?

B: My top tips for solo female travel are not that different than the tips I’d give a man, nor are they that different from the tips I’d give to someone in big cities like London or New York. Stay aware of your surroundings, and trust your intuition. As each country varies so much, it’s important to do your research and find out about common tourist scams. Remember that most of the world is good, and that most people (99%) are kind and helpful. Don’t let the fear of not staying safe keep you from travelling on your own.

C: Being safe is a priority. This is true no matter what your travel style or whoever you’re with, but you need to particularly aware of your surroundings as a solo female traveller. That pretty beach shack may be a fun drinking spot in the beautiful sunshine, but in the late evening you can easily become vulnerable. You can still go – just make sure you have a safe option for getting home, such as a trusted taxi company.

Are there any places you would recommend for this type of travel?

B: I’d recommend Southeast Asia and South America. As they’re both popular with tourists and backpackers, you meet a lot of other travellers along the way. If you’re a bit nervous to travel through developing countries on your own, I recommend starting with Australia and New Zealand, or Western Europe. Again, both places are quite safe and easy to navigate as a solo traveller.

C: Don’t always follow the crowds. When you’re travelling alone you’ll often meet other travellers, which is great. However, don’t feel like you have to see and do whatever they’re doing for the sake of being with other people. Stay true to yourself and ensure you have the trip you’ve always wanted. If you want to see something that your new friends aren’t fussed about, go without them.

Likewise, are there any destinations you would avoid if you were travelling alone?

B: I think it’s always smart to do your research and know the country you’re visiting. I would obviously avoid countries that are currently undergoing unrest or conflict. However, a lot of countries around the world are actually quite safe for tourists.

Thank you to Brenna and Char for talking with us and sharing their travel tips! We’d love to hear about your adventures if you’ve travelled on your own and remember to share your pictures of Slinks all over the globe!


The  award winning writer and blogger Emily Luxton is on a mission to explore the world through deeper travel. A lover of hiking, sunsets, adventures, culture, & occasional luxury! She is the perfect Slinks wearer – see what she had to say…

“Packing light and travelling in style aren’t two things that go together easily, especially when it comes to shoes. Generally for trips to warmer climes, I’ll allow myself one pair of trainers or walking shoes and just one pair of sandals. Which makes it pretty hard to dress up.

So, when the lovely folks at the “devilishly clever” sandal company Slinks got in touch to tell me about their stylish solution to the shoe packing conundrum, I was all ears. The brand was founded Jane Rafter, a designer who’s passionate about quality and practical but equally beautiful design. She’s combined all of these qualities into Slinks, the interchangeable sandal.

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t’s so simple, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it! Slinks sandals are interchangeable, all you have to do is to choose a base and a selection of uppers, and you’ll have lots of lovely options for travel footwear in one. It’s like taking lots of sandals awSlinks poppersay with you, except that you only have to pack one pair! Bases even included a wedge option if you prefer heels to flats – or you could take one of each and still hardly take up any suitcase space.

I opted for a nice black base since that will go with everything, but all the shades are pretty neutral making them super versatile. Choosing the uppers was a lot trickier; there are quite a few options! In the end, I went for the Cecila, a plain leather strap which is perfect for day wear. The thick strap is comfy, creating the perfect sandals for a bit of light sightseeing or chilling out at the beach. Then, if I want to dress the sandals up when night falls, it’s simple. I can swap the Cecila strap for the glitzy Lily of the Incas uppers which are decorated with pretty beaded swirls – creating a whole new sandal. The uppers are held securely in place with two poppers, so it’s really easy to swap them over – but they’re definitely not going to go flying off my feet as I walk.

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My Slinks sandals also come with their own cute cotton bag, which is ideal for travel and means I can stow them safely in my suitcase. The soft leather is comfy and feels really luxurious – these are high quality sandals that really do solve the shoe packing nightmare. I love my Slinks and they make travelling light that little bit more stylish. Beautiful, comfy, AND practical – who knew it was possible!”

“NB – my sandals were a gift from Slinks, but all words and opinions are my own”


Whether you’re looking for travel destination inspiration, help on what to wear on holiday or just a glimpse of somewhere more exotic than your dreary office, Instagram travel accounts are a must to have on your following list. Here at Slinks we have picked out our Instagram travel favourites that allow us to live vicariously through those lucky enough to be travelling the world for a living.

@mappingmegan This is one adventure girl! Stunning photography and a down to earth visual diary of a day in the life of. She get’s around and shows us a few nifty fashion tips along the way – Hiking in the Panama Jungle without a belt, so she improvised – a beautiful belt out of vine works amazingly! She is also a Slinks wearer so we love her even more.Mapping Megan A travel girl we love - and she loves Slinks too!

 

@rosielondoner We are big fans of the fact that Rosie of @rosielondoner shares her lifestyle tips while she’s roaming the world but also while she’s at home in Notting Hill. Follow Rosie’s account if you’re after tips on where to eat and what to wear in locations such as Saint Lucia and Australia.Rosielondoner blogger picked by Slinks top 12 instagramers

 

@em_luxton The lovely Emily Luxton’s Instagram page lets you follow her on her trips around the world with a heavy emphasis on adventure and cultural experiences. We love the fact that this account also gives tips on where to travel in the UK and features Emily’s trips back to her beautiful home of Guernsey.em luxton

 

@muradosmann You’ve probably heard of Murad Osmann before. His web-famous Instagram account is renowned for featuring pictures of his girlfriend leading him through locations across the world using the hashtag #FollowMeTo. The out-of-this-world photographs will put your holiday snaps to shame.muradosmann Great photographs from https://instagram.com/muradosmann Slinks favourite!

 

@thetravelhack The Travel Hack is your go to if you’re looking for affordable travel inspiration. The account is managed by travel bloggers with a passion for stylish adventure travel and and affordable luxury. Head to their account now to see the best of Singapore.The Travel Hack - a travel blogger in Slinks top 12

 

@lepostcard If you’re after white sand and clear blue sea then this is the account for you. Le Postcard will let you discover the travel-habits of jetsetters around the world covering all you need to know about what they eat, what they wear and what they do.le postcard travel blogger in Slinks top 12

 

@jetsetchristina Christina is a San Francisco native with a love for popping champagne and jetting to tropical locations. To date she’s visited over 50 countries so this is a great account if you want a taster of a wide range of destinations and cultures.Jet Set Christina - A fav travel blogger from Slinks

 

@theblondeabroad Whether she’s diving, hiking or sailing, Kiersten is constantly crossing countries and experiences off her bucket list and her Instagram allows us to come along for the ride. Kiersten is a California girl who left her career in corporate finance in order to travel the world – it’s what dreams are made of!the blonde abroad great travel blogger in Slinks top 12

 

@alexstrohl If you’re looking for something slightly more adventure based then Alex Strohl is your man. Alex is an adventurer and photographer combined which makes for a breathtaking Instagram page full of inspiring landscapes.alex strohl travel blogger in Slinks Sandals top 12

 

@passionpassport Passion Passport is made up of a community of travellers, storytellers and photographers who are guaranteed to inspire you to travel. Not only can you follow other’s adventures but you can share your bucket list and travel stories and be featured on their page.passion passport Slinks fav blogger

 

@chrisburkard This one is for the thrill seeker. Chris Burkard is a travel photographer that not only documents his expeditions around national parks and glaciers but offers workshops for aspiring photographers. This account is definitely worth a follow if you’re planning an adventure yourself!chris burkard travel Blogger chosen by Slinks Sandals

 

@gettingstamped Hannah and Adam Travel bloggers and photographers. Adam is the photographer and boy does he do a good job! They have been exploring the world nonstop since 2013. A married couple we are just a little bit jealous of. Hannah is a big fan of Slinks and travels the world in them!Getting Stamped Lovely Hannah a great blogger and Slinks wearer

Don’t forget to pack your combination of Slinks bases and uppers for your trip away! Remember to tag us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so we can follow your adventures and add you to our travel favourites to follow.

 

PS. Here is a picture of Megan’s vine belt for you!

Travel Blogger MApping Megan, she loves Slinks too


Summer is almost over but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to fit in a last minute getaway to Europe or beyond. We’ve put together the 5 best places where you can book your flight, pack up and go to enjoy the last of the good weather.

 

Budapest

Budapest is the forgotten gem of Europe – it’s cheap, full of history and pretty impressive to look at. You can take in the stunning views of the Danube River by climbing to the top of Castle Hill and visiting the Fisherman’s Bastion. This is where you’ll also find the best view down onto the Chain Bridge which, when lit up at night, makes for one of the best views in Europe. On the other side of the river you can visit the Parliament Buildings and don’t forget the numerous wine and food tours on offer. The budget hotels and hostels on offer combined with the unbelievably low cost flights make Budapest an irresistible option. If that didn’t convince you then these photos will! Catherine of Lux Life documented her recent trip to Budapest here.

Budapest would be a great place to wear your Slinks Summer Sandals

 

Barcelona

Barcelona is an obvious choice for anyone that wants to travel within Europe – offering the best of both worlds with a city and beach break combined. The most popular attractions include La Sagrada Família, La Rambla and Park Güell but the list goes on and on. Barcelona’s boundless culture and impressive architecture is best absorbed wandering around the side streets and stopping for food and drink in some of the world’s best restaurants and bars. The long stretch of sun drenched sand and limitless nightlife also makes Barcelona one of the best all-rounders. The cheap flights are an added bonus. Checkout Theri’s Wardrobe Barcelona diary for an insight into the city.

Barcelona

 

Hvar

Croatia has seen more and more tourists flock to its shores to reap the benefits of its non-euro Kuna currency. Besides the beautiful scenery and hot climate, Croatia also offers some of the best nightlife around. The city of Hvar is the perfect option for those not wanting to choose between culture and nightlife. Day trips to surrounding secluded islands where you can cliff jump and soak up the scenery can be followed by partying at exclusive bars that have drawn even Prince Harry to the island. You can reach Hvar by getting a very affordable flight to Split on the mainland and a short ferry ride will then take you to the island. Visit before it becomes mainstream! Head to The Wanderlusters to see what they got up to in Hvar.

Croatia, Slinks summer sandal getaway!

 

Marrakech

Marrakech is probably the best value trip you could take with flights from London at around £120 and a stay for two in a traditional riad can average as low as £250 for a week. However, because of the extremely hot climate, you might prefer to wait until mid September/October to visit. Immerse yourself in the culture by exploring the souks in the Jemaa El Fna, touring the local mosques and the Majorelle Garden and trekking through the desert on camels. A flight to Marrakech is around 3.5 hours and last minute availability can easily be found in the many traditional riad hotels dotted around the city centre. On the Luce has a great blog post on surviving the souks in Marrakech that is definitely worth a read.

Idea for a summer sandal getaway with Slinks

 

San Francisco

If you are hoping to go further afar for a last minute holiday then the US is a good option with frequent flights from the UK to its major cities and hundreds of hotels on offer whatever your budget. Why not try something different on the west coast and head to San Francisco? Explore Fisherman’s Warf, the Aquarium of the Bay and the Presidio or take a cable car to soak up the city and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. With some of the best restaurants and nightclubs on the West Coast in San Francisco there really is something for everyone. Then, if you have enough time, you could turn your visit into a Californian road trip and take in the sights of Napa Valley before flying home from Los Angeles. See how Taylor Hearts Travel spent her time in the beautiful city of San Francisco.

San Fran is an ideal place to wear your holiday shoes from Slinks

Happy Travels! x

 

 


Jetting off on a last minute holiday soon or just want to make the most of the British summer while it’s still here? Treat your feet to some summer pampering with the help of Slinks!

Slinks have teamed up with Ark Skincare and Zoya UK to offer you the chance to win a Summer Pamper Session for your feet worth over £150!

Enter the competition now to win:

A Revitalising Luxury Pedicure at Ark Skincare’s flagship salon in London. You will leave the salon wearing some Luxury White Slinks and take away the new range of 6 Zoya UK nail polishes to boot! What are you waiting for?

Slinks Summer Pamper Giveaway

3 prizes in one:

1. One Luxury White Slinks Sandals Set

Summer Sandal competition from Slinks

2. A Luxury Revitalizing Pedicure from Ark Skincare in London

Slinks Summer sandals competition

3. A set of 6 of the new collection polishes from Zoya UK

Slinks Summer Sandal competition, win a set of the best travel sandals.

 

 

The pedicure at Ark Skincare will be taking place at the following salon:

329-339 Putney Bridge Rd, London SW15 2PG

020 8788 8888

GOOD LUCK!

Zoya Nail Polish is  vegan friendly and not tested on animals.

 Zoya Nail Polish in the UK won Best Nail Polish and Best Nail product [Zoya Get Even] in 2015 Beauty Shortlist awards. Also won longest wearing nail polish by both Sunday mirror and Natural Health Magazine.Their Polish Remover won Best Beauty Buy with In Style 2014. Zoya Nail Polish has over 500 shades to choose from with new colours every season matching the latest catwalk trends.

ARK Skincare, the luxurious Salon in South West London and the home of the award-winning ARK Age Aware Skincare brand is offering a Revitalising Pedicure. This skin-smoothing pedicure using Zoya natural nail polish includes an invigorating scrub and relaxing foot and leg massage.


Packing light minimises the hassle that travel involves and also means that you can avoid costly luggage fees that those pesky airlines try to sting you with. Packing for Europe could mean you’re bundling as much into a backpack as possible for an extended trip or building a capsule holiday wardrobe for a quick getaway. But wherever you’re going and whether you’re travelling by train, plane or foot to Europe or beyond, these handy tips on how to pack light will make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible without compromising on style.

  1. Pack Tightly As Well As Lightly
    Make sure that your clothes are packed densely into your case and that there are no holes or gaps. This YouTube video is great for mastering a folding technique that will allow you to pack coats, jumpers, shirts and jeans all into one small bundle. Also remember that underwear, accessories and smaller items can be stuffed into shoes and corners to maximise your space.
  2. Wear Your Heavy Items
    This seems obvious but wearing your bulkiest items is a way of cheating the system. If it’s not packed, it doesn’t count! Wear your naughty extra pieces to the airport and then at least they are not compromising your efficiently packed luggage.
  3. You Never Need More Than 3 Of One Thing
    3 of the same item allows for one to be wearing, one to be washing and one to be drying. When choosing your 3 items try to pack a variety to maximise your options. You don’t need 3 pairs of blue jeans! The limit of 3 items should also be applied to shoes – if you choose the right 3 pairs then all bases are covered. A pair of trainers, a casual option and a pair of sandals is all you need. Luckily for us, however, we can get away with a Slinks set counting for only 1 pair of shoes. A base and 2-3 uppers will add variety and provide stylish day-to-night options without compromising space.
  4. Wash Your Clothes
    If you’re going on a longer trip then the key to how to pack light thing is remembering that everything can be washed and worn again. Pack as if you’re going for 1 week and simply make the time to wash your clothes.
  5. Layer Up
    If you’re unsure about the weather forecast or you’re travelling to multiple destinations with different climates, layering is the key to packing lightly. Take plenty of short sleeve pieces and layer them under just a couple of heavier jumpers or jackets. The heavier items won’t get too dirty quickly if you’re wearing a layer underneath. At the moment we are loving the Uniqlo Ultra Light Down for a summer jacket that rolls up into no space at all. Remember that tops layered under dresses and dungarees can also look super stylish.
  6. Don’t think ‘what if?’
    The worst-case scenario will most likely not happen and if it does, chances are there is a shop nearby selling the item that you require. You’re more likely to regret taking too much extra stuff than you are not taking it.
  7. Stick To A Small Colour Palette
    This is key to building a stylish capsule wardrobe and will ensure you can mix and match everything that you pack. It may seem boring but stick to neutral colours and pack a selection of colourful accessories to brighten up your outfits. This means that each outfit will be unique even if you’re wearing the same key items. Silk scarves such as this one by Beckford Silk is the perfect accessory for creating a chic and stylish outfit.
Have a look at Slinks now to grab your pair of versatile and space-saving sandals!
Much love x

The lovely Megan from Mapping Megan has tried and tested Slinks – here is what she thought…

“It’s a tough decision every time you go to pack; choosing which pair of shoes to sacrifice and leave in the wardrobe behind. You need your pair of hiking boots, as bulky as they are, and a good pair of sneakers are a must, but then you also have to consider footwear for the beach, something you can wear to dress up and then something to also dress down, perhaps a set of flats, a set of sandals, and, if you’re planning on hitting up the clubs, maybe even a sneaky pair of high heels.

What you end up looking at laid out on the floor are 8 pairs of shoes for one trip. Good luck fitting them all into one bag!

But why should we have to go through the heart wrenching agony to choose?! The answer? You shouldn’t! And this, my dear female traveler, is why every single one of you needs a pair of Slinks. Your packing problems solved without sacrificing your desire to travel with multiple pairs of shoes…because one pair of sandals is never enough!

Slinks are ingenious interchangeable sandals by Jane Rafter. From just one base you have a variety of sandal style options, and while in place the “uppers” appear fixed, these can be changed quickly and easily…imagine new shoes every day!

It’s 3, 4 or 5 sets of sandals in one, giving you shoes for every occasion, and fabulous feet wherever you go. And because you’re only traveling with one base, you’ll have so much more room in your bag to move!

Has your mind been blown?! Their footwear collection has fashionable flip flops, pretty summer sandals, and fantastic flats for comfortable city walks. Perfect for city breaks, beach escapes or summer holidays, and ideal for a capsule sunny wardrobe or dressy occasions like a destination wedding, the brilliance of this concept lies in the ability for multiple different options of shoe, while taking up minimal space in your bag. Wear a beaded sandal one day, and a simple classic leather sandal the next.

Slinks are constantly bringing out new designs and colors so once you have your bases you can just keep adding to your collection. You can choose your base in either a flat or a wedge and add uppers as you please. All the uppers can be worn on both the flat and the wedge bases which is fantastic.

My choice of Slinks? I went with a set of white leather bases with a variation of three different uppers, which came all beautifully packed in a silk bag. The bag has proved to be a fantastic way to organize the uppers and keep everything together in the one place.

I went with three choices of uppers to start, though check in with me again in a month to see how large my collection has grown! The uppers I have now are “Cecilia”, “Lily of the Incas” and “Lady Ellen”; and each comes in a range of different color choices as well meaning you can change your look to suit your mood!

Surprisingly, the Lady Ellen uppers are incredibly comfortable and supportive if you’re planning on taking a walk – normally I would reserve the walking shoe recommendation for sneakers, though as you can see below, they made it through some pretty hilly hikes!

The even better part? It’s a quality shoe! Slinks represent luxury craftsmanship and design down to the last stitch, and every pair of sandals is absolutely beautiful, simplistic and unique.

But now you’re thinking *&^%$ – I leave on my holiday tomorrow, and you’re only just telling me about Slinks now?!

Yes, they ship all over the world, and yes, if you send them an email they’ll organize next day delivery if possible and sort it all out!”


Please find below the full review from Hannah at Getting Stamped on our Slinks – let us know what you think…

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When you’re trying to pack light it’s always a struggle with what shoes to bring. It’s hard to only pick a pair or two that go with a week or two worth of outfits. On our 2 year round-the-world trip I only have 2 pairs of sandals in our bags. Over the past 21 months of traveling I have had to replace a bunch of sandals. Currently I only have a black pair and a tan pair. Neither pair are cute & dressy, they are practical & comfortable for long distance walking. In my pre-travel life I would have a cute sparkly pair, gold pair, hot pink ones, just about a fun pair for every outfit… lately my feet looked sad. All I needed was a pair of the best travel sandals out there…

Enter Slinks

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Interchangeable sandals, what a brilliant idea! Slinks reached out to me and offered to send me a pair of slinks and a few interchangeable upper bands to try out. I couldn’t say no once I saw how cute they were. About time the best travel sandals have been produced.

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You purchase a base sandal, either a flat sandal or a wedge. The base sandals come in black, tan, white, bronze, and silver. I picked out two flat sandals, a white & silver base. Then you match interchangeable upper bands that can be worn with any base sandal. Slinks is constantly adding new new designs and colors, so you can keep your sandals up to date by just purchasing new upper bands.

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Swapping the upper bands takes no more than a minute. Just snap off the old one and snap on the new one. Each upper comes with a cute slinks bag, so it will always have a home.

The Verdict

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We recently just took a trip to Langkawi, Malaysia and the only sandals I brought were Slinks. I wore them all day, every day. They were awesome, I was able to wear my sliver sparkly ones for our fancy dinner at The Andaman and make them more casual during they daytime. I could have easily explored Bangkok and walked 10 miles a day in Slinks.

I now have 2 pairs of sandals that convert into 6! Plus I can make that into many more with a few more uppers. Looking forward to adding more fashionable upper bands in the future. Slinks truly are the best travel sandals on the market.

ONE PAIR OF SANDALS IS NEVER ENOUGH…

Thank you Slinks for sending two pairs to try out, as always opinions are my own


Calling all Travel Boggers… We recently sent off a pair of Slinks to a lovely travel blogger Hannah – at Getting Stamped. She is part of the Hannah and Adam team – a Wisconsin couple who left the American Dream behind to travel the world. We sent our gorgeous sandals all the way to Chiang Mai for her to try… the feedback has been fabulous and we also spotted a photo of her wearing them!

(Shhh… Hannah is wearing the white bases and the Miss T in fuchsia)

So far the Slinks have taken her to a couple of countries and she wore her Slinks the entire week while in Langkawi and loves them –  Can’t get much better than that!

 


We are not sure who originally wrote this letter but it is just too lovely not to share. It can apply to all older people and we need to remember who taught us and guided us to where we are now.

Patience, understanding and love should be with us always.

“My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl? When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you. And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you… my darling daughter. “


Excited does explain how we are feeling at the moment. New collection designed, new fabrics, leather, swarovski crystals, hand embellished delights and trims sourced from all over the world and we will be doing our very own Made in Britain range! Interchangeable Sandals made right here in London.

All stock due here in Sunny London by mid April. The good news is we have a SALE on at the moment. Many sandal styles at hugely reduced prices. We will be repeating some of the favourites but the rest will change. So get them while you can…

Slinks Sale, Interchangeable sandals, Best Travel Shoes

Slinks Sale, Interchangeable sandals, Best Travel Shoes

At the end of each month we will feature “A product we love”. We have one lined up for February (we all have one…) but if you have found, make or know or something that people should not live without let us know here: info@slinks.com

 


Sitting here in our cosy studio looking out over dark north London we wonder when it will be Slinks weather here again. We have our lovely new samples in and boy do we love them! We won’t temp you just yet but they are a treat, so you can start getting excited.

Christmas was a very busy time for us both for Slinks and TreasurePods and we have had so many positive emails about how happy people are with their gifts – some lovely stories about personal pieces that were put in the TreasurePods, nearly made us cry!

We start of 2015 with a brand new Slinks website which we launched just before Christmas, literally! We absolutely love it and hope you do to!

One of our first pictures from a customer abroad has come in for 2015 and we couldn’t be more pleased!



Friday TreasurePods love story… Cyla was sent Auschwitz with her parents and siblings in 1943. She was the only member of her family who left the camp alive, and she owed her life entirely to a man named Jerzy Bielecki. Jerzy had been in the camp for three years when Cyla arrived. He was a Roman Catholic, imprisoned for helping the Polish resistance. She was a Jew.

Jerzy was working in a grain silo when he first saw a young woman repairing sacks and they were soon smitten. Jerzy made it his goal to get her out.

He spent eight months stitching together a guard’s uniform using scraps of material one of his friends was able to steal from a warehouse. He stole a pass and forged documents for taking a prisoner to work at a nearby farm. On July 21, 1944, he collected Cyla from her barracks, and they walked out of the gate. They didn’t stop for 10 days until they reached the home of one of Jerzy’s relatives. He rejoined the Polish resistance and found a hiding place for Cyla using his contacts. He went to fight, with no idea he wouldn’t see Cyla again for almost forty years.

Somehow, each came to believe the other had died. Cyla moved to Brooklyn and married, while Jerzy started a family in Poland. In 1983, Cyla told the story to her housekeeper, who found the words familiar, saying, “I saw a man telling the story on Polish television. He’s alive.”

Cyla was able to find his phone number and saw him a few weeks later. When she arrived at the airport in Krakow, Jerzy gave her 39 roses, one for each year since they’d last been together.

What do you treasure?

Story adapted from 10 Inspiring Stories of True Love from The Holocaust by Alan Boyle
Original photos via Jerzy Bielecki