This Controversial ’90s Sandals Trend Is Back, And I’m So Happy About It
by Sidney Burds
Yes, velcro sandals are now high fashion.
Let me start off by saying that I am a total hypocrite. I was, and still am, a hater of the “dad” sneaker trend and the overall ugly shoe trends that have cropped up in recent years — so chunky and clunky, and who said comfort needed to be so ugly?! And yet, when reports of the sporty, velcro-strapped Tevas began making appearances at Fashion Week, I finally found an ugly shoe trend that “sparked joy” for me.
Yes, they’re chunky, on the “dad” spectrum, and a younger me might have vehemently refused, but now something has changed in me. I can’t stop scrolling through runway images from Collina Strada, Opening Ceremony, and (my personal favorite) Sandy Liang. And, not that I feel the need to validate my reasonings behind my love for Tevas, but having Bella Hadid strutting them down the runways for Anna Sui definitely solidifies their coolness in the fashion community.
Better yet, the styling for these sporty sandals is ranging far and wide. From classic black to chunky vibrant platforms, swimwear to airy summer dresses, there is no wrong way to rock Tevas.
So when I spotted Outdoor Voices’ color-blocked version of the Teva’s Hurricane silhouette, your girl was sold. They have two color options, a sweet coral/lilac and a spunky spruce/lime that go on sale May 7! I’m impatiently counting down the minutes on the waitlist for when these babies go live and still up in arms over which candy-colored sandal to choose.
From warm-weathered hikes to flowy dresses, I seriously cannot wait for these sandals (and summer) to get here. If you’ve been on the fence about this trend, come over to the Teva side already. It’s colorful and comfy over here.
Buy It! Women’s Hurricane XLT2, $85
Buy It! Women’s Flatform Universal – Anna Sui, $150
Buy It! Teva Midform Sandals, $85
Buy It! Teva Original Universal, $50