In case you missed it, the dad style has been trending in recent years ever since luxury brands like Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci started putting out “ugly” dad sneakers. The obsession did die down a little (as with all trends) but now, we’re back to raiding dad’s shoe cabinet once again for summer!
This time, “ugly” dad sandals – yes, we’re looking at you, Birkenstock – are stirring up the fashion world and to be honest, we’re kind of here for it.
“Ugly” sandals = The perfect style year-round for sunny Singapore
Birkenstock is one of the first few brands that spearheaded the “ugly” sandal style. The wide foot design with soft leather bottom is not only easy to wear, but also fashionable to wear on its own or with socks.
Living in the hot and humid Singapore weather, it’s hard not to own a pair of Birkenstock sandals – it is super comfortable and goes pretty much with anything from denim jeans to shorts!
When it comes to dad sandals, it’s not just confined to the Birkenstock style. Slippers or slingback sandals count as well, and they too can be dressed up or down. Case in point: these open-toed Chanel sandals that complete the all-black oversized-blazer-and-mini-dress combo – super cool girl chic!
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On top of that, we’ve spotted toe-covering styles on many hipster fashion trendsetters as well. Featuring a double-width weave design, these retro sandals come in a variety of colours as well as materials ranging from leather to jelly rubber. Not only are they the perfect embodiment of ugly sandals, they’re also definitely the most functional since they let your tootsies breathe when you wear them.
What we like about the toe-covering sandals is that you can style it with summer jumpsuits or oversized linen dresses to give a contrasting charm.
With all the ugly sandals, there’s only one tip to bear in mind when styling them: keep it as simple as possible. There’s room for mix and match, but try to keep the patterns and colour palette as minimal as you can or you’ll risk over-complicating the look.
Ahead, we round up 25 affordable and luxury ugly sandals that you can add to your shoe collection.
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