What came first? The geek or the chic? It’s hard to say, but what’s clear is there’s no stopping the rise of the ugly-pretty summer sandal. Yes they’re clumpy. Yes they’re goofy. And yes your boyfriend might not be a fan, but gosh darn, are they comfy. And it’s not just about how they feel that keeps us hooked. There’s something about a chunky sandal that balances out the proportions of any summer look. Wear something flirty and girly and they immediately keep you grounded. Team them with a boyfriend shirt and jeans and they look perfectly chic. Or should we say geek?Shop all sandals
Here’s a shoe with ‘must-have’ written all over it. We’ve mixed a straight-off-the-runway stacked leather sole with a fun flash of neon pink. Then we put the whole cool package on a padded, moulded foot bed. So it looks high fashion, but it feels like heaven.Shop all Zena styles
Most footbed sandals are rigid – but we’ve added an EVA mid sole so the shoe bends and flexes as you walk. More flex means less clomp.
The simple raw edge straps say super-modern.
The black leather keeps things dressed up. The flouro pink keeps things fun.
Proportions matter. The big strap over instep is flattering – little strap over the toe is chic. And we’ve shaved a little of the width so this ugly-pretty sandal is a little bit more elegant.
DO'S & DONT'S
DON'T forget to have a pedicure. Your sandals might be ugly-pretty but your feet should be pretty-pretty. Try a flouro polish in pink or orange for a cool, techno kick of colour.
DO make the most of their versatility. These are shoes that will work with everything from track pants (chic ones, of course) to a simple evening dress.
DO take advantage of their surprising sleekness and team them with smarter clothes. A sleek cropped trouser will take these sandals from day to night.
DON'T expect your boyfriend to love them. Some trends are beyond male understanding – but that doesn’t stop them being great!
Keep things tailored with this chunky flat. A cigarette pant and a bold shirt is perfect and a colour pop skirt looks fun.
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