Move over Birkenstock, there’s a new ugly shoe in town. Teva.
We’ll always have a soft spot for Birkenstocks, especially the faux-fur lined ones (literally the comfiest thing ever), but there’s no denying the shoe of the summer season is the new normcore hiking sandal, aka the ugly sandal, inspired by the Teva sandal.
A natural extension of this winter’s dad trainers and hiking boot trends, it’s part sporty sandal mixed with a chunky rubber sole. Basically the flat shoe your Dad wears on holiday, but this time around it’s totally upgraded to fash pack status.
Following Balenciaga’s hit Triple S trainer of 2017, chunkier styles have become more and more popular, and designers have been showcasing their take on the trend on their SS catwalk (look to Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Chloe, Fendi and Prada for lust-worthy styles).
IRL, they were first spotted on the feet of the stylish Scandi set at Copenhagen Fashion Week, and have quickly filtered through to our shores. Last summer, we were coveting Monikh’s Chanel velcro sandals – and this season we’re into her Prada ones, and Kia Marie’s pastel Tevas.
There are so many styles to choose from this season, from the more minimal black Teva, to some with chunky flatform soles, primary colours, touches of neon and the all important velcro straps. Prada and Kurt Geiger also have some jazzy sequin and diamante styles.
The best thing about this trend is that it totally doesn’t compromise on comfort, and it’s the best way to off-set a floral dress, as demonstrated by Monikh, or a linen suit like the ones favoured by Hannah Crosskey.
Want a more casual vibe? Try a simple pair of jeans and a tank top, as seen on Jessie Bush. So get yourself pedi ready and embrace the cool comfort of the new ugly sandal. Shop our favourite styles below.