We don't mean to show off, but we've definitely found the best Chanel sandals dupes on the market. If you've been coveting the designer label's chunky shoes but, alas, still do not have the funds to splash out (us neither), we have some seriously great news worth scrolling for.
The divisive shoe trend was born back in 2015 when Balenciaga dropped its chunky Triple S trainers. No sooner had the cult sneaker saturated all of our Instagram feeds (tbf, it actually took a while, since no one could get their hand on a pair), Chanel dropped the daddy of all 'dad' shoes.
Yep, we're talking about Chanel's dad sandals. The quilted, velcro-fastening, orthopaedic AF style that, frankly, we wouldn't have looked twice at was it not for the shiny double C logo emblazoned on 'em. Then the penny dropped: high fashion doesn't have to be uncomfortable. Cue the wedding bells (we in lurrrve).
Many years on and this sandal has truly trumped any 'ugly' predecessors before it. It's cute, hella comfy and surprisingly versatile. Don't believe us? Check out the many a high-low styling sitches below, courtesy of our fave influencers:
So, by now, you're probably sold. However, there's just one tiny, weeny issue: they'll cost you an arm and a leg. Now, we want to see our feet swaddled in spenny padded leather just as much as the next person, but we've got bills to pay.
For those who don't have circa £2k lying around, the high street has some incredible Chanel-inspired styles starting from less than £50.
Our favourite Chanel sandal lookalike is Kurt Geiger's. The footwear brand has made a seriously sturdy shoe here – the tread platform and inner moulded footbed add inches without the blisters, while the padded leather straps and velcro fastenings only add to the comfort factor. We also love how KG has put its own lil' spin on this popular look with its signature eagle head hardware.
The cheapest Chanel-inspired gem we've found, ringing in at just £39.50, is available at M&S. These babies come in black or cream, just like the OGs – and they're even made from real leather, which is an added bonus given how affordable they are!
Dune was actually the first high street store to create Chanel sandal lookalikes, back in May 2020. The brand's iteration has the same black quilted leather and double-strap slingback shape upper, but the logo emblem has been swapped for a cool gold-tone lock.
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Naturally, as soon as the high street store debuted this designer lookalike it sold out faster than you can utter the word 'Chanel'. It also seemed like every British influencer managed to get their hands on a pair 😤, despite the fact us mere mortals had to sit in the 800-strong waiting list.
These days, they're easier to get hold of (but no less covetable!) and finally reduced from the original RRP. But if you want a pair, hurry TF up: Dune has warned us that this is the final drop.
We also love the brand's lookalike of Chanel's tweed sandals inspired by its iconic suits.
The upper is made from a similar bouclé fabric, woven with black and metallic threads. Again, this style is sure to sell out preeeetty quickly.
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Don't love the idea of lookalikes, but appreciate a good ugly sandal aesthetic? Arket's iteration is definitely Chanel-inspired in shape but not a full-on copycat sitch. These shoes are crafted from patent leather in the same double-strap slingback shape, but they're missing that famous CC logo and swap quilted detailing for a croc-effect finish.
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