The Weird, Cool, and Comfortable Sandal Trend That's Everywhere This Summer

Much unlike the naked-effect floss shoes that have dominated the last few warm-weather seasons, for summer 2020, footwear is getting puffy. That's right—barely there sandals are slowly but surely being eclipsed by padded styles ranging from subtle to in-your-face. And as someone who never found threadlike straps to be particularly comfortable in footwear to begin with, the change is very much welcome—at least by me.

Sure, they're a little weird, but they also possess an undeniable cool factor and are a lot more forgiving on your feet. The aforementioned coolness is only further backed-up by the slew of brands supporting the movement. From the Bottegas and Proenzas of the world to emerging labels such as Studio Amelia and Aeydē to everyday brands Mango and Zara, just keep scrolling to see 24 iterations of puffy and padded shoes that make the trend look too good to pass up this summer

Tackle two trends in one with this padded and sporty pair.

As usual, Bottega Veneta was a trailblazer of this trend.

A subtle take on the trend that still gets the point across.

These from the Gia x Pernille collab are a fashion-girl favorite.

The perfect example of simple slides that aren't boring.

Proenza Schouler actually designed several shoes around this trend, but I think this heel is my favorite iteration.

The ones you're constantly seeing on Instagram.

Another sporty take for anyone active (or who simply likes to dress as though they are).

Of course, Topshop managed to merge the trend with multiple others.

So good that I had to include both color options.

These will look perfect with all your summer floral dresses.

I'm very into the extra height on these slides.

Our readers love this majorly marked-down pair.

This wide heel will be much more comfortable than stilettos of a similar height.

Style this with anything from minidresses to jeans.

You won't get sick of this simple pair.

This is how to make a wedge feel modern.

It wouldn't be a trend if Zara wasn't on board.

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