These are the sandals that I have been saving up to buy since I first saw them. They are the sort of sandals that will make an outfit, and can be worn on the beach or to a smart do. Armando Pollini also have some great elasticated flip-flops in black, white or taupe. Incidentally, wearing socks with flips flops is not a good idea. AB

Snakeskin flips flops, pounds 95, Armando Pollini, 35 Brook Street, London W1 (inquiries: 0171 629 7606) and Young Ideas, St John's Street, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.