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


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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

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Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2020, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch 90 Day Fiancé.