These 20 Pairs of Chunky Sandals Changed My Mind About the Trend

Harriet Davey
·3-min read

I'm going to be completely honest: I never thought I would like "ugly" sandals. In fact, the whole sporty shoe trend—including "dad" trainers—hasn't ever interested me, even after seeing that almost all of my favourite influencers on Instagram were complete devotees.

Anyone who knows me will know that I've only really just come to terms with trainers as something you'd wear outside of the gym. Yes I know, I'm in my late 20s and only got my first pair of kicks (Stan Smiths, shocker) a couple of years ago, going on to invest in a pair of Converse earlier this year. But as someone who is obsessed with heels, mules, strappy sandals and basically any other type of shoe, chunky sandals just haven't been on my shopping list. Until Prada dropped its rubber-soled, retro-looking, Velcro-strapped ones, that is.

Upon first glance, I thought they're the kind of shoes you look at and don't admit to your friends that you like. Then, upon second glance, I started to think about how comfy they must be, how easy they'll be to wear and how actually, they help give a bit of an edge to pretty dresses or shorter skirts.

So, yes, they may remind me slightly of the shoes you have to wear when you break or fracture your foot. And, yes, they also make me wonder if I'll even be so daring as to try out a bucket hat next—one thing at a time. But the more I see these chunky sandals parading down every London street, the more I want to own a pair, so I went on the hunt for the best ones out there.

I made a carefully selected edit of 20 pairs of sporty sandals that'll make my summer (and yours) complete. These are the styles that even I—the least sporty person exercise- and wardrobe-wise—would consider adding to my overflowing shoe collection.

Shop my chunky sandals edit

Fitflop Women's Heda Lycra Back-Strap-Sandals (£85)

Dune London Lockstockk Double Strap Flat Sandals (£110)

Arizona Love Trekky Leopard-Print Gauze-Trimmed Canvas Platform Sandals (£100)

Birkenstock X Toogood The Forager Leather Slides (£350)

Dune London Lockstockk Double Strap Flat Sandals (£110)

Prada Nomad Logo-Embossed Rubber and Leather-Trimmed Canvas Sandals (£460)

Arket Teva Original Universal Sandals (£45)

Suicoke Depa-Cab Velcro-Strap Sandals (£120)

Arket Teva Trail Sandals (£99)

Birkenstock X Toogood The Forager Felt Sandals (£350)

Birkenstock Arizona EVA (£35)

M&S Collection Leather Strappy Sandals (£45)

Church's Gaia Monteria Calf Lightweight Sandal (£690)

Alexander McQueen Hybrid Raised-Sole Leather Slides (£250)

Mango Denim Riptape Sandals, Mid Blue (£50)

Burberry Eve Striped Sandals (£490)

Kurt Geiger London Orion Floral Sporty Sandals, Multi (£129)

M&S Collection Leather Flat Open Toe Sliders (£35)

Boden Philomina Sandals, Leopard (£80)

COS Leather Platform Sliders (£125)

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