First came dad trainers, then dad anoraks. Now, just in time for spring summer, the fashion world is embracing the dad sandal.
With summer well and truly on the way, it’s definitely time to invest in a pair of sandals. And there are a lot of options out there: there’s the colourful low-heeled sandal, or the woven shoe, or the ‘barely-there’ sandal. Meghan Markle has reignited the world’s love for gladiator sandals, too, thanks to her recent outing in this designer leather pair.
If you want to hotfoot it away from the pack, though, you need the ‘dad sandal’.
With its thick soles and chunky straps, the dad sandal has never been the aesthetic pinnacle of footwear. However, it’s being given a visual upgrade in time for the summer: of-the-moment Scandi brand Cecilie Bahnsen debuted jewel-encrusted versions in Copenhagen, LA cool-girl label Vince opted for a luxe leather finish, while Chloé gave the sandal an athleisure twist.
And they weren’t the only ones to embrace the practical style, either.
Teva offer a practical and affordable version for minimalists and Arizona Love is the new label to know thanks to it’s bright, handmade bandana wrapped styles. Dads, we think we finally get it.
With that in mind, here are some of our favourite dad sandals available to buy online now. Happy shopping!
Arizona Love sandals
An elevated update on the classic Teva, these handmade bandana sandals are quickly becoming a street-style favourite. Wear them with shorts for the beach and a silk midi and neon knit for weekends.
Teva Original Universal Maressa sandals
Teva’s original sandal gets a playful update with colorfully embroidered straps and frayed trim; a great partner to light linen holiday separates and black cotton dresses for when you’re back in the city.
Chloé Sonnie raised-sole mesh and suede sandals
Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s SS19 collection for Chloé’s is everything we want to wear this summer. Elevated, modern, hippie-chic in the form of tie-dye, statement t-shirts and these investment-worthy, wear-with-everything statement sandals.
Vince Parks Sandals
These tan leather sandals are the perfect investment for the minimalist. Wear them with loose tailoring, straight-leg jeans and crisp cotton t-shirts all summer long.
Kurt Geiger Orion Sandals
These printed and embellished sandals are the ultimate way to elevate an otherwise simple summer wardrobe without wearing heels. The chunky heel looks great with everything from midi-length dresses to cut off denim.
Cecilie Bahnsen x Suicoke Maria sandals
Wear this embellished style with a smock dress for Scandi-inspired summer dressing at its finest.
Jewelled sandals, £375, Cecilie Bahnsen
Opening image: Suicoke and Cecilie Bahnsen sandals at the Cecilie Bahnsen Spring Summer 2019 catwalk show
Product images: courtesy of brands