If there’s one buzz word for shoes this season it’s sliders (and no, not the miniature burger kind). We’ve probably all worn something like them before, and perhaps weren’t planning on wearing them again anytime soon, but it’s time for a re-think. Double strap styles with a moulded thick sole are hot news.

I’ve had a pair of Birkenstocks for a while, and when I was looking for mine there wasn’t much in the way of choice. Now, however, Birkenstock has had a makeover and they’re perfectly placed to take the crown as king of the pool sliders. I spied this fab pair on the Matches Fashion website this week; they’re are so summery with a playful edge which gives them added appeal. The best thing though is that gold piping detail which adds a fashionable spin on a seasonal staple.

Don’t think you have to dress down too much to wear these comfy flats though; the way to wear them now is with your floaty summer dresses or fluid tailoring for a surprising summer contrast. Try metallics or bold prints too – Dorothy Perkins’ sliders from £15 in silver or floral designs are a purse-friendly alternative to my top pick above.