Be Advised: The First Viral Sandals of 2024 Have Arrived

A pair of burgundy Miu Miu rope sandals.

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Sporty sandals are nothing new, as platform soles and Velcro straps have hit a fever pitch over the last few years. Just as we're heading into summer, a new kind of sporty sandals is emerging, and it's already poised to be the talk of the town. Miu Miu sent a number of T-bar sandals down its S/S 24 runway made from the kind of rope that looks like it could be used for rock climbing and intense hiking. The entire collection had an air of preppy sportswear, including polo shirts, board shorts, boat shoes, and bright neon accents sprinkled throughout, but it's none other than the sandals that have our attention now that the collection has hit stores.

We first spotted them in the wild earlier this spring when Elle Fanning styled the red pair with jeans and a white shirt while strolling around NYC, and now that warmer weather is setting in, the sandals keep popping up in our social feeds, especially on vacation. It's official: Miu Miu's rope sandals are the summer's unexpected hot-ticket item. See how celebrities and fashion people are wearing them and shop similarly sporty pairs.

In the Wild

Elle Fanning walking in NYC wearing a white shirt, dark-wash cuffed jeans, a crossbody Bottega Veneta bag, and red Miu Miu rope sandals.

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On Elle Fanning: Miu Miu Riviere Cord & Leather Sandal ($895); Bottega Veneta Bang Bang Vanity Case on Strap ($2200)

Fanning single-handedly made the kitschy sandals feel downright elevated when she stepped out in a pair this spring. The actor styled the sandals with dark-wash cuffed jeans, a white button-down shirt worn open with a tank underneath, and a Bottega Veneta crossbody bag while shopping around SoHo in New York City.

A woman poses on the street during Paris Fashion Week wearing Miu Miu rope sandals and board shorts.

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The sandals first made their street style debut during Paris Fashion Week, where the insider set test-drove Miu Miu's spring collection.

Lucy Williams wears Miu Miu rope sandals.

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While the sandals are very vacation coded, Lucy Williams proves they work just as well for days in the city by leaning into their playful, nostalgic nature with a pair of bright jeans and an unusual tank.

An influencer wearing Miu Miu rope sandals.

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Team the hiking-inspired sandals with something softer and more delicate like a lace-trimmed slip dress for a cool contrast.

A pair of burgundy Miu Miu rope sandals.

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The thick soles and minimal straps make them ideal for heading to the beach or pool, especially if the rocky shores of the Mediterranean are in your travel plans. (They're sturdy enough for the rugged landscape.)

A pair of Miu Miu rope sandals and a pair of Chanel heeled flip-flops.

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Packing them in your suitcase is a no-brainer; they add that quirky element to your vacation outfits while still being wildly comfortable and functional.

On the Spring/Summer 2024 Runway

As if they had surf lessons at 8 and prep-school classes at 10, models on Miu Miu's spring runway styled the sporty sandals alongside items like polo shirts and board shorts. It had the overall effect of looking as though they were cast as extras on a version of Gossip Girl if it were set in Hawaii. To double down on the beach-trek motif, models even had colored Band-Aids accenting the sandals. Now that they've arrived in stores, there are three colors on offer: chocolate brown, black, and bright scarlet.

Miu Miu model walking the spring/summer 2024 runway.

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Miu Miu model walking the spring/summer 2024 runway.

(Image credit: Launchmetrics Spotlight/Miu Miu)

Miu Miu model walking the spring/summer 2024 runway.

(Image credit: Launchmetrics Spotlight/Miu Miu)

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.