7 Sandal Trends That Will Be Everywhere in 2020

Elinor Block

As I type, one of the biggest storms in seven years is blowing an actual gale outside the window. I'll admit then that it's a little strange, or at least premature, to start talking about sandals. The thing is that seasons are becoming obsolete in fashion. Call it a response to the climate crisis or the fact that people don't want to overhaul their wardrobes every six (or even three) months, but on the spring/summer 2020 runways we saw plenty of coats and items normally reserved for cooler weather. In response to this, Who What Wear's editor Emma Spedding commented that "throwaway trends are becoming increasingly passé, and we are all looking for clothes that will have a lasting impact."

So where does that leave us with sandal trends for this year, I hear you ask? Well, instead of a dramatic change from the previous year, we're seeing a continuation of trends that worked for us throughout the whole of spring and summer 2019. Yes, we're talking "dad" sandals, strappy heels and minimalist footwear. However, if you're champing at the bit for newness, then there are other trends that might fill that hole. Pastel colours are making an impact this coming season, as are platform-style sandals.

Finally, I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't mention heeled flip-flops. Initially, this was a divisive micro-trend that became popular at the end of last summer, but it's guaranteed to be on the feet of every fashion person we know this coming season. Keep scrolling for all the 2020 sandal trends you need to know…

1. FLATFORM

Style Notes: Platform shoes aren't always loved—especially not flatform styles. They can be inelegant and clumpy. However, The Row (of course) has somehow managed to produce platform sandals that are both sophisticated and stacked. 

Shop the trend:

The Row Ginza Leather Platform Flip Flops (£725)

Simon Miller Mud Leather Espadrille Platform Sandals (£415)

Fendi Jacquard FF Flatform Sandals 50 (£590)

2. FLIP-FLOPS

Style Notes: This is perhaps one of the more divisive trends, but I guarantee this will be the one that you see most. Wear with jeans and dresses to the office or shorts on your holiday. 

Shop the trend:

Who What Wear Siena Kitten-Heel Leather Sandals (£95)

Gianvito Rossi Calypso 70 Brown Leather Sandals (£455)

Topshop Nina Ecru Mini Heel Mules (£36)

3. "DAD"

Style Notes: The comfiest trend is back again this season. Try Prada's in-demand sandals or opt for a brighter version from minimalist label Vince. 

Shop the trend:

Prada Nomad Logo-Print Rubber and Leather-Trimmed Checked Canvas Sandals (£420)

Arizona Love Trekky Satin-Wrapped Velcro-Strap Sandals (£115)

Vince Carver Leather, Suede and Canvas Platform Sandals (£195)

4. MINIMALIST

Style Notes: Whether you love The Row's barely there sandals or Topshop's strappy versions, you'll find these shoes so versatile for the upcoming season. 

Shop the trend:

Neous Fadenia Mules 55 (£400)

Ancient Greek Sandals Eleftheria Black Plaited Leather Sandals (£145)

Charles & Keith Black Patent Leather Strappy Heeled Sandals (£75)

5. LACE-UP

Style Notes: One of the best ways to style these sandals is to wrap them around your favourite suit. 

Shop the trend:

Bottega Veneta Snake-Print Leather Wrap Sandals 80 (£895)

Topshop Ramona Red Stappy Sandals (£39)

& Other Stories Square Toe Leather Heeled Sandals (£85)

6. PASTEL MULES

Style Notes: Muted tones are easily one of the biggest trends overall for spring/summer. Opt for light blue, green, beige or pink mules to give your outfit the 2020 overhaul. 

Shop the trend:

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Mules (£940)

Gucci Scarlet Glossed-Leather Mules (£435)

Gianvito Rossi 85 Iridescent Suede Mules (£545)

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know.

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