How To Make The Ugly Sandal Trend Actually Look Cute
Yes, the “ugly” shoe trend is really happening. Celine may have started the movement with the revival of their Birkenstock-like sandal, but Isabel Marant sealed the deal with its spring debut of the thick-soled, chunky leather-strapped Holden Sandals ($510). I like the unappealing sandal in theory—the excuse to forsake a heel is tempting enough—but in actuality? Well, I had to test it to really see. Click through to see if I pulled off the impossible: making an uncomely shoe look stylish...
There’s a look Phoebe Philo has championed at Celine that I like to call the polished slouch. It’s minimal, tailored, and so relaxed it can border on baggy. Clearly, the look lends itself seamlessly to the “I don’t care” vibe of the ugly sandal.
What I Wore: Steven Alan Oversized Trench Coat ($645) in Off White; Mango Waistcoat ($70) in Black; Mango Open Back Striped Top ($50, 866.666.4664); Loeffler Randall Junior Work Tote ($395) in Natural/Black; Isabel Marant Holden Sandals ($510); Lookmatic Austin Eyeglasses ($72) in Tortoise; Jennifer Fisher x Stop It Right Now Choker ($375) in Yellow Gold; Ettika Lady of Leisure Necklace ($105).
The ultimate ugly shoe test? Making the trend work in an evening ensemble. The key is to find a cocktail dress that’s relaxed enough to feel compatible with the casual sandal. In other words: bandage dresses need not apply. My red lace dress works because it has an easy silhouette, but still feels completely appropriate for after-hours.
What I Wore: Rachel Comey Lucid Dress ($644); Hanro Satin Body Dress ($128) in Black; Isabel Marant Holden Sandals ($510); Anya Hindmarch Giorgiana Tassel Clutch ($750) in White; Dior Glisten Cat Eye Sunglasses ($310) in Ivory/Orange/Pink.
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