cuff-sandals.jpgI've heard whisperings among the fashion intelligentsia lately that Gladiators may actually be on their way out after this summer. In its place, the cuff sandal seems set to become a sure summer staple, perhaps for many more seasons to come.

Simple yet sexy, the style can flatter the ankle if worn well, but can make legs look chunky if you go for a style that's too tight or flat for your shape. For best results, go for a sandal that has a bit of a heel and a heavy cuff that sits comfortably, and choose a loose-fitting or fabric cuff if you have wider ankles. This is a style that can easily be dressed up or down: wear with plenty of bright nail polish to offest the plainness of the style.

We've picked out a few of the key styles for this summer. Clockwise from top right, they are:

Calvin Klein cuffed neoprene wedge sandals, £125

Poetic Licence cuffed 'stargazer' sandals; £68.76 at Nordstrom

(centre) Giuseppe Zannotti, Crystal-embellished cuff flats, £720 at Net-a-Porter

Dune 'Darcy' two part cuff and buckle sandals; £75 at ASOS

Studded cuff buckled flat, £40 at New Look