With the popularisation of "ugly" chunky football dad sneakers, it's only expected that the next big thing in fashion is something that father figures love as well: sandals
With bulky dad sneakers being all the rage in the fashion world (thanks to the likes of the Balenciaga Triple S and the rebirth of Fila Disruptor models), it's clear that our sartorial choices are not just dependent on style and trends anymore. In addition to trendiness, comfort and novelty now make or break a fashion trend.
Chunky sneakers were attention-grabbing, statement-making, and at the same time comfortable to wear - due to its wide fit that slimmer silhouettes do not offer. However, the pursuit of functionality and style doesn't end there. Fashion designers have now gone on to making chunky dad sandals the next big thing.
We're not complaining. In fact, we can't wait to sink our feet into those comfy-looking cushioned soles.
1. PRADA LOGO-EMBOSSED RUBBER-TRIMMED LEATHER AND CANVAS SANDALS, US$674.36 (S$925.21) FROM NET-A-PORTER
Kick off the dad sandals trend with this pair of basic black ones by Prada because it's the easiest way to dip your toes into this trend. Inspired by '80s hiking sandals, Prada's rubber platform chunky version falls somewhere in between fashion and function. The monochrome canvas straps frame your feet, and the logo-detailed Velcro® tabs can be easily adjusted for the perfect fit that's according to your feet. They'll look cool with everything from a sundress to tailored trousers.
2. PRADA LOGO-EMBOSSED RUBBER-TRIMMED LEATHER AND PVC SANDALS, US$515.96 FROM NET-A-PORTER
On hot humid days here in the +65, it might be more practical to switch out those chunky dad sneakers for its equally chunky counterpart that's much airier - sandals. Prada's pair is made from transparent PVC, which are equally trendy, and are crossed at the front to frame your foot snugly while remaining comfortable to wear with its platform rubber sole. Match this with a sleek, black jumpsuit for an easy outfit day.
3. GUCCI EMBELLISHED LEATHER AND MESH SANDALS, US$1,280 FROM NET-A-PORTER
This Gucci pair is the epitome of "extra" fashioned into sandals. In fact, it's so extra that the model wearing these Resort '19 sandals walked along a runway lit with flames. Made in Italy from white leather and mesh, these sandals are made from thick rubber soles inspired by '80s sportswear, so don't be afraid to style them with high retro socks and dressy shorts.
4. OFF-WHITE BLACK INDUSTRIAL BELT LEATHER SANDALS, $1,185 FROM FARFETCH
When the emblematic neon-yellow Off-White industrial belt gets made into sandal straps, it definitely cannot be missed out on. Cop this iconic sandal in the spirit of athleisure and streetwear, which we predict is still here to stay, regardless of whether you rock it or knock it. To that, we vote to "athleisure it" the whole way with baggy, comfy joggers, a sporty crop top and a belt bag.
5. PUMA PLATFORM SLIDE BLACK SANDALS, $62.07 FROM ASOS
Give your sneakers a day off and swop them out for this pair of triple buckle sandals instead, because more is more. We love how this Puma pair takes chunky to a whole new level, thanks to its upper that's so chunky it kind of resembles a leg brace. You know what they say: go big or go home, and that applies for style.
6. TEVA ORIGINAL UNIVERSAL SANDALS GEOMETRIC PINK FRINGE, $74.11 FROM ASOS
Founded in 1984 with the motto, "strap in and go", Teva is known for its durable sandals that are made to withstand the harsh outdoors. This pair that features a white base with a pink, blue and white geometric-designed strap is a much more feminine take on the original all-black Tevas. Pair this with an elegant white ruffled dress to complement its femininity.
7. UGG HOLLY SANDAL IN PINK DAWN, US$160
After having been famous in the shoemaking industry for producing its signature Ugg boots that have soft, fluffy inners, it seems like Ugg is branching and exploring other shoe types like this Holly sandal. Fluffy pink sheepskin gets layered over an easy summer sandal to produce a fun-loving convenient sandal for dress down Fridays and the weekends. Pair this with a leather biker jacket and skinny jeans for a more punk-like look.
8. NEW BALANCE SDL750 SANDAL, $119
A strappy design sits atop the New Balance's soft REVlite cushioning that will bring you comfort along with a great fit, thanks to its three adjustable straps. Exude effortless style when you slip into these sandals. Channel sharp utilitarian vibes with camo-printed cargo pants and a tight-fitted turtleneck long-sleeved top.
This article was first published in Her World Online.