So-called "ugly" trends have been reigning supreme for the last couple of years. Dad trainers, knitted tank tops, tie-dye prints and quilted coats are just some of the trends that initially raised eyebrows but are now adored by fashion types. This is also the case when it comes to spring/summer 2021's most prolific shoes.
Chunky sandals started making tracks two years ago when Teva's double-strap sandals flooded our feeds. Chanel also brought out its own pair of chunky sandals, which, although emblazoned with the iconic double-Cs and finished in bouclé, still fell under the "ugly"-but-somehow-chic category. Last year, Dune treated us to its pair of best-selling Lockstockk sandals (which, PSA, are back for 2021), just as The Row's Ginza platform-sole flip-flops became a status symbol.
I watched on, assuming chunky sandals would disappear as quickly as they came. However, as we approach another glorious summer, they're still at the top of the sandal agenda. I'll admit I was sceptical at first, but now, I'm a chunky-sandal convert. Having finally invested in my own pair, I've been looking for inspiration on how to wear them, of which I've found plenty, though the following eight suggestions are perhaps my favourites. From some of Instagram's best dressers, the below chunky-sandal outfits will earn you countless compliments this summer.