Sporty chic or just plain 'ugly'? Either way, this is summer's biggest footwear trend

Kate Mendonca
Shopping Editor
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Some might say that “ugly” sandals have been trending for some time now, with comfortable footwear like Birkenstocks and Tevas spotted at fashion week both on and off the runway. It could be that the fashion world has embraced a laid-back approach to summer dressing after too many years of discomfort, or that shoppers are no longer interested in heels and companies are catering to the newfound demand.

Either way, it’s good news for our feet as designers have hopped on the bandwagon and started collaborating with brands that are putting comfort first. Sporty sandals have made it to the forefront of 2019’s summer shoe trends, and there are more options than ever for trendy shoes that are both comfortable and cute.

Sandals with sturdy soles and Velcro straps have been around for ages, but often in the form of activewear for the avid outdoorsman. This season’s crop of sporty-chic sandals have been updated with bold patterns, bright colours and even rhinestones so that they’re suitable for a night out.

If you’re tempted to break in a new pair of comfy and sporty sandals, go ahead and browse our top picks for the best “ugly” footwear to shop now.

Teva x Anna Sui Flatform Universal

Image via Free People.

SHOP IT: Free People, $199

Teva Universal Flatform Sandal

Image via Urban Outfitters.

SHOP IT: Frank and Oak, $70

Teva Hurricane Drift Water Friendly Sandal

Image via Nordstrom.

SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $40

Roger Vivier Viv Crystal-Buckle Leather Slides

Image via Saks Fifth Avenue.

SHOP IT: Saks Fifth Avenue, $1,725

Arizona Love Trekky Fun Sandals

Image via Shopbop.

SHOP IT: Shopbop, $244

Steve Madden Bandi White Sandals

Image via Steve Madden.

SHOP IT: Steve Madden, $110

Gucci Beige Tinsel Sandals

Image via SSENSE.


Birkenstock Gizeh EVA Sandals

Image via Boathouse.

SHOP IT: Boathouse, $60

Everlane The Form Crossover Sandal

Image via Everlane.

SHOP IT: Everlane, $155 ($118 USD)

Dolce Vita Strappy Sandals

Image via Anthropologie.

SHOP IT: Anthropologie, $158 ($120 USD)

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