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The black sandals that will finally replace your Birkenstocks this summer

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Helen Atkin
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Birkenstocks are everywhere, and rightly so, but if you want a pair of black sandals that aren’t Birkenstocks these are the best to shop now.

They used to be our guilty secret; the comfy and practical sandal that we could wear all day and never gave us blisters but that were considered seriously uncool. But then the street style stars decided that dad accessories were cool – really cool, actually. And, as one, we realised that actually a Birkenstock would go with everything in our wardrobes, and so they started appearing out of the shadows. Now, the Birkenstock has found designer pals and fashion acceptance. It started with Valentino, and now Rick Owens and Il Dolce Far Niente have collaborated with the sandal brand, too.

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But have we now reached peak Birkenstock? Every second person has a pair of black Birkenstocks. Even at Stylist HQ it has been noted that in meetings the majority of those attending are wearing these black sandals (along with a white t-shirt and a floral midi skirt).

It’s time to remember that there are other black sandals out there. Some really great black sandals. Which means that, even if you love your Birkenstocks so much that you’ve worn them to death (like we have), there’s no need to replace them with the same sandal.

The fashion team are lusting after Prada’s leather buckle sandals and Office’s triple buckle chunky sandal, similar to the simple chunky style of the Birkenstock and equally as chic. If a slightly lighter sandal is more your thing, Australian brand A.Emery have you covered with their strappy Finnley style, as do H&M (at a slightly lower price point) with their simple toe thong sandal.

What to wear with the black sandal is not a tricky conundrum, because they go with everything. A floaty midi dress, loose fit trousers and a tee, city shorts and a tank, all look chic when paired with a black sandal.

Here are the 17 pairs to buy now if you want to have slightly different footwear to the person next to you on your commute next week.

  • Prada Buckle-detailed Leather Sandals

    Prada Buckle-detailed Leather Sandals at Net-a-Porter.com, £555 

  • H&M Leather Sandals

    H&M Leather Sandals
    H&M Leather Sandals

    H&M Leather Sandals, £24.99

  • The Row Bare Black Leather Sandals

    The Row Bare Black Leather Sandals
    The Row Bare Black Leather Sandals

    The Row Bare Black Leather Sandals, £700

  • Carvela Kandy Leather Sandals

    Carvela Kandy Leather Sandals
    Carvela Kandy Leather Sandals

    Carvela Kandy Leather Sandals at Selfridges.com, £59

  • Suicoke Textured Strap Sandals

    Suicoke Textured Strap Sandals
    Suicoke Textured Strap Sandals

    Suicoke Textured Strap Sandals at Farfetch.com, £251

  • Rosetta Getty Flat Crossover Sandal

    Rosetta Getty Flat Crossover Sandal
    Rosetta Getty Flat Crossover Sandal

    Rosetta Getty Flat Crossover Sandal, £385

  • Zara Minimal Flat Sandals

    Zara Minimal Flat Sandals
    Zara Minimal Flat Sandals

    Zara Minimal Flat Sandals, £29.99

  • Office Strappy Cleated Sandals

    Office Strappy Cleated Sandals
    Office Strappy Cleated Sandals 

    Office Strappy Cleated Sandals, £49

  • A. Emery The Finnley Sandal

    A. Emery The Finnley Sandal, £85

  • Gianvito Rossi Ankle-strap Flatform Sandals

    Gianvito Rossi Ankle-strap Flatform Sandals
    Gianvito Rossi Ankle-strap Flatform Sandals

    Gianvito Rossi Ankle-strap Flatform Sandals at Matchesfashion.com, £455

  • Fitlop Heda Sandal

    Fitlop Heda Sandal
    Fitlop Heda Sandal

    Fitlop Heda Sandal, £85

  • Ganni Dual Strap Flat Sandals

    Ganni Dual Strap Flat Sandals
    Ganni Dual Strap Flat Sandals

    Ganni Dual Strap Flat Sandals, £220

  • Arket Slide Sandals

    Arket Slide Sandals
    Arket Slide Sandals

    Arket Slide Sandals, £69

  • By Walid Felix 19th-century Beaded Sandals

    By Walid Felix 19th-century Beaded Sandals
    By Walid Felix 19th-century Beaded Sandals

    By Walid Felix 19th-century Beaded Sandals at Matchesfashion.com, £478

  • Schuh Black Motivate Sandals

    Schuh Black Motivate Sandals
    Schuh Black Motivate Sandals

    Schuh Black Motivate Sandals, £22.99

  • Cecilie Bahnsen Aurelia Sandals

    Cecilie Bahnsen Aurelia Sandals
    Cecilie Bahnsen Aurelia Sandals

    Cecilie Bahnsen Aurelia Sandals, £360

  • ATP Atelier Allai Black Flat Sandals

    ATP Atelier Allai Black Flat Sandals
    ATP Atelier Allai Black Flat Sandals

    ATP Atelier Allai Black Flat Sandals, £180

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