Ever since Phoebe Philo introduced furry pool slides into our lives, we’ve held a special place for the “ugly sandals” trend in our hearts. They’re comfortable, unexpected, and a little bit strange; a positive attribute when you’re looking to step out of the box. Thankfully, so many other of our favorite brands also value this offbeat look, like Marni and Acne Studios and even fast-fashion sites like Zara and Mango. Also, let’s not forget classic footwear labels like Teva, Birkenstock, and Dr. Scholl’s also fit into this category.
To aid in proving that these shoes can, in fact, be cool and even you (yes, you) can wear them this summer, we rounded up a strong handful of fashion girls illustrating how to style them. We also included our favorite sandals so you can stock up.
See below, and let us know what you think of the trend in the comments.
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Style Tip: Dress down a tailored coat and trousers with chunky, sporty sandals.
We have a feeling Coco Chanel would approve of these.
Get 'em before they're gone!
Style Tip: For a high-impact look, pair athletic-looking sandals with mixed prints.
Add a pop of color to your look.
Rope sandals are unexpected and surprisingly versatile.
Style Tip: Keep it simple with a minimalistic jumpsuit and flatforms.
We could live off a closet full of only Marni footwear.
The floral print makes these feel extra special.
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Style Tip: Accessorize a culotte look with a printed clutch and weighty sandals.
This spongey surface is sure to keep your feet looking cool and comfortable.
We'd style a long floral dress with these.
Style Tip: Add an athletic element to a crop top–and-pants duo with—you guessed it—sporty sandals.
Classic is always a good idea.