Fisherman Sandals Can Be Tricky to Style, But These 4 Outfits Are So Effortless

As the ugly-sandal reign continues for yet another season, fisherman styles are proving more popular than ever. And I'm going to put it out there: While they're a Marmite microtrend, I'm 95% sold. Considering the Velcro Teva pairs from previous seasons and chunky dad sandals from the likes of Prada and Chanel, I have a habit of not liking these "ugly" pairs until they've been around for a few months. And fisherman sandals have been a slow burner for me, with my biggest question being, Would I wear them? How would I actually style them? The thing is, though, they surprisingly go with quite a few key summer looks.

Their caged fit can be similar to loafers in the way that they work well with tailoring, loose-fit jeans and some skirts. While they're not the typical go-with-everything summer sandals, they're more versatile than I originally thought. So to make it easier for us all, these are the four easy outfit combinations to try with fisherman sandals this season. 

1. Fisherman Sandals + Slouchy Suit


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Style Notes: There's no doubt about it—the ugly sandals come into their own when worn with minimalist separates.

2. Fisherman Sandals + Vest + Wide-Leg Trousers


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Style Notes: Everyone from Kendall Jenner to Rachael (here) has been seen wearing this cool-girl knit top. I'm a big fan of a crop with loose-fit trousers and chunkier fisherman sandals. 

3. Fisherman Sandals + Satin Midi Dress


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Style Notes: They may not be sandals you would usually add to a dressier look, but offsetting the bulky style with a floaty, silky dress or slip skirt somehow works. 

4. Fisherman Sandals + Jeans


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Style Notes: Swap the chunky trainers you would usually wear with baggier jeans with fisherman sandals. Trust me—it's the fail-safe way to wear the tricky style across all seasons. 

Next up, 5 Shoes Everyone Will Be Wearing for Summer

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Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor who has been part of Who What Wear's extended team since 2017. She previously worked in print at Look magazine and has since worked across print, digital and social for many other titles, including British Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Refinery29 and Marie Claire. Also a stylist, Harriet has had the pleasure of producing cover shoots and editorials along with commercial shoots for brands including Boux Avenue, Watches of Switzerland, Benefit Cosmetics and Revolution. To add to this, Harriet also works in live TV styling for ITV’s This Morning. Back to Who What Wear. With hundreds of published stories on site, Harriet knows what the WWW reader wants. Keeping up to date with the latest It buys and runway trends, she can guarantee to keep you one step ahead of the most stylish people. When not writing or styling, Harriet loves to go shopping (yes, more fashion). If she’s not in a local Hackney bar or restaurant, you can find her forever searching for her next holiday destination.