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When it comes to summer footwear, you can count on chunky sandals to be the style to have in your wardrobe. This season is no exception as designers were swapping stomper boots for chunky sandals, seen on the Prada, Celine, and Max Mara runways. Thankfully, the style has made its way to the High Street and, since it can be rare in fashion to see practicality and fashion combine, we are adding to basket immediately.
"Following the Autumn / Winter season of chunky boots, we are now seeing the revival of the chunky sandal, albeit in a feminine way," Natalie Edgley, Ladies Buyer at Dune London tells POPSUGAR. "The heavy black fisherman styles have been updated with cork and espadrille soles, whilst flatforms are detailed with natural textures and hardware – super exciting!"
The time is now to start shopping for your holiday wardrobe, although it can be tricky to know how to wear chunky sandals. Weaving them into your wardrobe is easier than you might think, and we have found plenty of pairs to ease you into sandal season.
How to Wear Chunky Sandals
While there's no instruction manual on how to wear chunky sandals, it's worth keeping some things in mind as you peruse the options ahead. Do you want to make a statement with your footwear and try a tough black or bold colour? Or are you hoping to transition from delicate sandals into a slightly thicker sole? Are you in need of an ankle strap or do you prefer a no-nonsense slider? Have a think about what is already in your summer wardrobe and it will help guide your footwear buys.
When it comes to what to wear them with, anything goes! "The elevated height means the sandals are comfortable yet stylish. Pair them with long wide leg trousers, baggy jeans, or a denim midi skirt for the ultimate fashion statement," Edgley adds. Chunky sandals can be a great way to toughen up a ditsy print or feminine dress, or look great with jeans and t-shirt.
Plus, chunky sandals are actually better for your feet. Super flat sandals have unsupportive soles with little to no arch support, whereas thicker soles solve this issue. Are you tempted yet? Scroll ahead to see our pick of the best chunky sandals to suit everyone, from sliders, to straps, to thonged '90s wedges. We are booking our pedi as we speak!