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Lauren's Roman-esque Black Sandals

As far as sandal styles go, I've always tended towards the thin-soled and strappy over the thick-banded and substantial. And then, on a trip to Neiman Marcus this spring, I discovered Rag & Bone's Chartan sandal in black leather and it changed everything.

Most summer sandals, when worn, look like after-thoughts (helloooo, flip-flops!) -- but a sandal with a thick sole and a lot of banded leather asks to be looked at. It makes a white silk shell and black trousers look complete; it can also give a sporty edge to a quiet black dress.

Looks aside, these sandals are also wonderful to wear. The thick sole is cushy and comfortable, suitable for long walks around the city, and the toe band and ankle strap make them secure.

And best of all? They're now on sale.

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Rag & Bone Chartan Sandal, $209-$245, available at Barneys New York and Shopbop.

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