These 21 Pairs of Chunky Sandals Changed My Mind About the Trend

I'm going to be completely honest: I never thought I would like "ugly" sandals. In fact, the whole sporty shoe trend—including "dad" trainers—hasn't ever interested me, even after seeing that almost all of my favourite influencers on Instagram were complete devotees.

Anyone who knows me will know that I've only really just come to terms with trainers as something you'd wear outside of the gym. Yes I know, I'm in my late 20s and only got my first pair of kicks (Stan Smiths, shocker) a couple of years ago, going on to invest in a pair of Converse earlier this year. But as someone who is obsessed with heels, mules, strappy sandals and basically any other type of shoe, chunky sandals just haven't been on my shopping list. Until Prada dropped its rubber-soled, retro-looking, Velcro-strapped ones, that is. 

If I ever need outfit inspiration, I look to Monikh. She's worn her Prada sandals with everything from floral dresses to slip skirts to jeans. Who knew they would be so versatile?

Upon first glance, I thought they're the kind of shoes you look at and don't admit to your friends that you like. Then, upon second glance, I started to think about how comfy they must be, how easy they'll be to wear and how actually, they help give a bit of an edge to pretty dresses or shorter skirts.

So, yes, they may remind me slightly of the shoes you have to wear when you break or fracture your foot. And, yes, they also make me wonder if I'll even be so daring as to try out a bucket hat next—one thing at a time. But the more I see these chunky sandals parading down every London street, the more I want to own a pair, so I went on the hunt for the best ones out there.

I made a carefully selected edit of 20 pairs of sporty sandals that'll make my summer (and yours) complete. From Prada and Marni to Gucci and full-on '90s revivals from Ellesse and Fila, these are the styles that even I—the least sporty person exercise- and wardrobe-wise—would consider adding to my overflowing shoe collection.

Prada Chunky Sandals 

They'll go with practically anything you own, from linen dresses to slip skirts. 

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Yup, chunky sandals just keep getting chunkier. 

Who knew Clarks did such good fashion sandals?

These look like they've been delivered from the future. 

If you fancy something a little different from black.

They're so comfortable you'll never want to remove them from your feet. 

The more (embellishment) the merrier, as we like to say. 

The ultimate retro shoe thanks to Ellesse. 

Made to be noticed (for all the right reasons, of course).

For a chicer, less sporty look, go for this tan pair with rope detail. 

Want to know what other shoes are key this summer? These are the 11 sandal styles everyone seems to be loving. 

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