Okay, it’s no secret that “ugly” shoes—you know the ones: chunky, clunky, and surprisingly cool—have reached a point where they can’t be ignored. But for every ugly shoe style that’s risen to the surface and catered to the maximalist aesthetic, there’s an equally chic, minimalist-approved option for those who prefer to invest in styles on the subtler side.
From the looks of it, chunky shoes won’t be going away any time soon, and if you’ve been into the ironic fashion movement that’s been happening lately, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be adding a pair or two to your closet. However, every savvy fashion lover knows that a good closet boasts a healthy variety. If you’ve been meaning to add a couple of sleek sandals into your spring wardrobe and aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help.
Ahead, we’ve tapped our editors to share the best minimalist sandals they swear by for everything. And as you may notice, there are a few pairs that we're all obsessing over. Whether it's a simple pair to throw on as they’re running out the door or a comfortable option to spend all day in, these are the ones they can’t stop wearing.
"I have a version of these sandals, and I love how simple and versatile they are. They're just as easy and low-maintenance to throw on as a pair of simple slides, but the diagonal straps give them a more elevated look compared to more basic sandal styles."
"I've been eyeing these sandals for a long time now, and I love that they nail the barely there look but also have trendy elements like the square toe and block heel. I'm certain I'd wear them constantly if I added them to my wardrobe. Truthfully, I've already dreamt up multiple outfit ideas that hinge on them."
"I love Swedish brand ATP Atelier for its well-made, minimal sandals. These are my favorite style because they're easy to slip on and off and will go with everything under the sun. Plus, the toe loop makes it slightly fresher than your average pair of two-strap slides."
"When The Row is out of reach (which, for me, is always), I find myself gravitating toward Studio Amelia. These super-sleek flat sandals are a minimalist's dream. I'm 5'10" so I don't need any extra height, which means flats are the most practical option for me."
"When it comes to minimal sandals, I need something that goes with everything because during the spring and summer months, I tend to wear them into the ground. Last year, I wore the earlier version of these By Far sandals, so this season, I plan on investing in the ones with the ankle strap—so chic!"
"These sandals are going to be the only ones you wear this season. You'll see! I own a similar version that has a slightly smaller heel, and when I say it's embarrassing how many times I've gotten them re-soled, I mean it. My shoe repair guy will be thrilled that I finally decided to get a new pair."