The funky chunky sandals of the ‘90s are back and bigger than ever thanks to a resurgence of women who are done with “sacrificing comfort for style,” according to a Good Morning America segment that indicated an increasing number of shoe-lovers are “ditching their stately stilettos for foot-friendly flats of the open-toe variety.”
In an interview with Good Morning America, Lucky Magazine Editor-in-Chief Eva Chen noted openly that many fashionistas may first think of these shoes as drab, hippie and even downright ugly, but pointed out that these unconventionally chic sandals top the must-have list for summer 2014.
Trendera CEO Jane Buckingham credited women finally putting their foot down on uncomfortable footwear and admitting that it’s not always feasible—or comfortable—to wear the perfect outfit from head to toe.
“Women in particular are saying ‘We can’t do it all. We can’t be perfect. So we might have a stylish outfit, but you know what: We’re going to wear comfortable shoes.’”
If you’re ready to put your best foot forward in these so-called ugly sandals, don’t skimp on Chen’s absolute must for rocking these chunky, clunky sandals: a perfectly painted pedicure.
“You should always have a beautiful pedicure when you wear shoes like this.”
So polish those piggies and kick up your heels in style in five of the funkiest, chunkiest sandals for summer 2014.
Forever 21 Chunky Canvas Sandals
Faux suede trim, canvas construction and black-and-white ankle straps add a feminine flair to these sky-high sandals from Forever 21. A wooden platform heel adds just the right height (3.25” at the heel with a 2” platform) without sacrificing comfort. This is a versatile sandal that transitions well from work to weekend. Slip into Forever 21 Chunky Canvas Sandals for $32.80.
Topshop Heavenly Two Part Wedges
Topshop Heavenly Two Part Wedges are among the retailer’s best-selling style for this season. With a 1.5” heel height, you get unmatched comfort and quality-construction that will carry you through the summer. A beautiful soft grey shade makes this chunky wedge ideal for day or night. Topshop Heavenly Two Part Wedges are priced at approximately $50.
Vagabond Dioon Multi Strap White Heeled Sandals
The white chunky sandal is one of summer’s most wearable shoe styles and, of course, Swedish shoemakers Vagabond was at the fashion forefront. If you love this crisp, classic look but you aren’t certain you can pull it off, Kira Jackman of “An I For Style” blog has some simple styling tips, which she shares in her YouTube video “How I Style: White Chunky Sandals.” Score your own pair of Vagabond Dioon Multi Strap White Heeled Sandals for $123.85.
Karl Lagerfeld Leather and Canvas Slingback Sandals
If you value comfort above all else, the Leather and Canvas Slingback Sandals by Karl Lagerfeld provides the ultimate in comfort and design. These monochrome, ‘90s-inspired sandals combine a 2” lightweight white rubber sole with a sporty canvas and black leather upper construction. Karl Lagerfeld Leather and Canvas Slingback Sandals are sold exclusively through Net-A-Porter.com for $315.
Two Lips Too Tropic Platform Wedge Sandals
The oh-so-pretty floral print trend has made its way to footwear to give these chunky platform wedges an ultra-flirty flair. This tropical-inspired sandal with a 2” lift stands out in its gorgeous blue or pink leather, but this style is available in a more subdued black or natural-colored leather and print as well. Go bold with Two Lips Too Tropic Platform Wedge Sandals for $69.