We love a good heel, but we are always excited when comfortable footwear gets a moment in the spotlight. So when we saw this new style trot down the S/S 14 runways at 3.1 Philip Lim, Alexander McQueen, Dolce and Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, Proenza Schouler and Rag and Bone, we knew we were in for a good season.
Say Hello To The Sandal You'll Be Wearing All Spring
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A hybrid of the beloved sneaker and the reliable gladiator sandal, the mandal is characterized by its substantial sole, thick straps, and sportswear undertones. A rebuttal to the dainty sandals of seasons past, the mandal complements the minimal, structural silhouettes of S/S 14. Click through to shop some of our favorite styles and see some of the designers who have us excited to try the trend.
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As seen in Acne’s Resort 14 lookbook, pairing substantial sandals with your evening gown is an unexpected and vacation-friendly approach to nighttime dressing.
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Take a note from Tibi’s Resort 14 collection and ground a full skirt and blazer with chunky flat sandals.
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Isabel Marant Etoile
Sure to be a hit this season is the padded leather slide from Isabel Marant’s Etoile collection. Wear them with everything from a flirty skirt to slouchy pants.
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We would never have predicted it, but the modern femininity of Chloe’s aesthetic pairs perfectly with hefty sandals.
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The bright color and holographic details on these Lanvin sandals are perfect for spicing up a white dress.
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The embellished little sister of the classic Birkenstock, these are a fun option for a warm summer night.
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Stripes and fringe make these sandals anything but ordinary, exactly what we’d expect from a house that has made androgynous flair its signature.
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The neoprene strap on these bright green and blue sandals reminds us of a wetsuit, which couldn’t be more apt given S/S 14’s surfer vibe.
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Kira Sandal ($525)
Ever the creator of urban-friendly staples, Alexander Wang serves up a fully functional sandal in a shade of cobalt that we absolutely adore.
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Caliba Slingback Sandal ($550)
The genius of these sandals lies in the metallic band around the sole.
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Imogen Flat Sandals ($295) in Burnt Coral
The brick red hue and easy zip-up closure will make these a go-to for festival season—pair with your trusty denim shorts for best results.
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Sawyer Flat Sandals ($125) in Pewter/Woodsmoke
The taupe and silver color combination of these sandals will add a modern twist to any spring ensemble.
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Holden Leather Slides ($510)
Arguably the most comfortable of the bunch, these will look great with cropped, printed trousers.
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Free Tread Sandal ($65) in Blue
Pair this printed pair with a slouchy white jumpsuit.
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Sandals ($71) in Orange
We can’t wait to wear these with a red shift dress and a sleek clutch.
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Replace your basic black flats with these metallic slip-ons.