“Ugly” sandals are back in trend and we’re happy about it in hot and humid Singapore

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!

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Monday morning walk ?

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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!

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.

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Byron Bay, January ?

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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.

Where to buy “dad” sandals in Singapore

Budget-friendly sandals

Click here to buy the Charles & Keith velcro strap platforms (S$53.90)
Click here to shop the Pazzion comfy sandals in Pewter (S$66)
Click here to purchase the Skechers x Sailor Moon DTL-A sandals (S$99)
Click here to buy the Suicoke MOTO-Cab platform slide sandals (S$279)
Click here to purchase the Dr Martens Gryphon Quad leather chunky sandals (S$238.99)
Click here to purchase the Unisa Snake Effect sandals (S$127.20, was S$159)
Click here to get the Birkenstock Arizona unisex sandals (S$119)
Click here to get the Arizona Love Trekky platform sandals, approx. S$182 (US$130.91)
Click here to buy the Yoke & Theam Julius Unisex sandals, approx. S$71.55 (MYR220)
Click here to purchase the Teva Universal Trail chunky sandals (S$148.99)
Click here to buy the Adidas Adilette sandal (S$50)
Click here to get the Melissa Flox Snake sandals (S$108, was S$120)
Click here to buy the ASOS Design Feature Fisherman jelly flat sandals (S$23.71, was S$29.64)
Click to shop the Genuins double strap slides (S$29.64, was S$37.05)

Splurge-worthy “dad” sandals

Click here to shop the Christopher Kane chain and crystal sandals (S$423, was S$605). It’s currently on 15% off at the time of writing.
Click here to buy the Ganni hiking leather sandals, approx. S$364 (US$266.52)
Click to purchase the Staud Brady shoe, approx. S$522.83 (US$375)
Click here to buy the Porte & Paire leather sandals, approx. S$309 (US$226.31)
Click here to buy the Gucci crystal embellished canvas and neoprene sandals, approx. S$1,281 (US$934.30)
Click here to shop the Birkenstock 1774 Arizona leather sandals, approx. S$517 (US$376.66)
Click here to purchase the Ann Demeulemeester leather platform sandals, approx. S$962 (US$690.11). It’s currently on 60% off at the time of writing.
Click here to get the Roger Vivier Slidy Viv crystal embellished leather slides, approx. S$1,920 (US$1,400.02)
Click here to get the Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock Arizona leather sandals, approx. S$476 (US$346.87)
Click here to shop the 3.1 Phillip Lim Freida leather platform sandals, approx. S$664 (US$484.27)
Click here to purchase The Row Gaia sandals, approx. S$1,328 (US$968.19). It’s currently out of stock at the time of writing. You can submit your email address to have them notify you when it’s back in stock.