Now That It's Bare-Ankle Season, I Can't Stop Thinking About These Sandals


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It has just dawned on me that this week marks the first time this year that I've stepped out of the house in shoes without socks on. Granted, I was wearing loafers, but being able to leave the comfort of cosy central heating sans socks and not immediately freeze was (and remains) the most exciting thing to happen to me in a long while. The frivolity of bare ankles soon led me to start thinking about an upcoming purchase I'm planning on making.

For the past couple of years—including 2020 if you're choosing to observe it—chunky sandals have dominated. There are a couple of key styles we can pin this on: Chanel's double-Velcro-strap quilted flats and The Row's cult Ginza chunky flip-flops. Now, I've thought it through, and I've decided that chunky flip-flops are more my forte out of the two. Why? There's just something about their minimal aesthetic and '90s appeal that I can't shake.

Like all It items, The Row's Ginza sandals have sparked a chunky-flip-flop revolution. Now, both the high-end and high-street shopping circuits have countless versions to choose from. And seeing as I'm already looking for the pair I want to invest in, I thought it would be nice to share with you some of the contenders. Scroll below to see how influencers are styling their pairs, and then continue to shop my edit of the best chunky flip-flops to buy now in preparation for summer.


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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. 

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.