I don't think I actually ever wore sandals until I moved to Spain for a year. So unused to getting my toes out, I couldn't have been bothered to buy myself a nice pair, so I bought the cheap and cheerful kind and wore them every day - and eventually, into the ground. Dirty, dusty, with the laces snapped off, my most useful item of clothing was thrown rather unceremoniously in the bin. Next time I made sure I bought better quality, and now I'm loathe to return to anything less.
In Ireland the weather tends to be not good enough for sandals for the most part. But - and I'm just throwing this out there - they could be an investment all the same. Get a nice pair of statement sandals and you can not only take them away on holidays with you, they'll encourage you to embrace what little warm weather we do get. If you like them enough, maybe you'll take them out with you in the evening, and even into next summer.
Ever the optimist, I've researched a bunch of LOVELY versatile sandals that I'm convinced will come in handy when the weather warms up!
Firth Footbed Sandals, 165 pounds from Whistles
Fully Suede Bow Sandals, 45 euro from ASOS
Cleo Yellow Snake Sandals, 55 pounds from Urban Outfitters
Flat Sandals With Crossover Strap, 49.95 euro from Zara
Luma Ankle Strap Sandal, 175 pounds, Whistles
Interwoven Cord Sandals, 49.95 euros from Mango
Rounded Heel Ankle Strap Sandals, 75 euros from & Other Stories
Alezia Metallic Sandals, 55 pounds from Anthropologie
Wyatt Suede Sandals, 148 pounds from Anthropologie