The best sandals (2021): breezy footwear gems whatever the weather
The perfect footwear for warmer weather - choose the best sandals for you.
The honest sandal has been a fashion staple since pre-Roman times, but there’s never been more variety on offer than right now. It's also the reason why we've curated a list of the best sandals around.
Whether you're after a 90s throwback option, the always-en-vogue 'dad sandal', or something a little more chic for your end of summer Saint Tropez sojourn, the market is bustling with choices.
There's also never been a better time to invest in a new pair. While the world is still in lockdown, sandals are both comfy to wear around the house - and when we can finally go on our holidays, the should be the first things you pack.
Upvote the sandal you'd most like to grace your wardrobe.
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1. Teva Original Leather Sandals
For all their collaborations and wacky special editions, the original Tevas (here in leather) are still the best. Their universal appeal comes from how good they are at everything. They’re comfortable, affordable, rugged enough for any kind of exploring and are experiencing a surge in popularity as the 90s throwback fad continues.
2. Birkenstock Arizona EVA
The definitive dad sandal’s never-ending ‘moment’ continues, and this contemporary take on the Birkenstock classic is made from EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate), rather than cork. Prioritising comfort, this synthetic material is lightweight, waterproof and designed for a smooth, cushioned step. It comes in a huge range of colours, and makes the perfect sandal for trips to the beach or hanging out by the pool.
3. Adidas Adilette Slides
These casualwear icons from Adidas were first worn by athletes in 1972, but have since found their way out of the arena and onto the street (and even as far as the catwalk). Their popularity has a lot to do with how comfortable and affordable they are, as well as the huge range of colours they’re available in.
4. Suicoke Depa-V2
At the vanguard of the 90s-chic throwback obsession sweeping the fashion world are these Depa-V2 sandals from Japanese outfit Suicoke. Famously difficult to source, you may need to look abroad. But the label’s chunky, utilitarian approach is perfectly encapsulated in these sandals. Ankle and toe straps provide a firm fit, while the moulded insole offers comfort, and cleated sole plenty of grip.
5. Havaianas Freedom Print
Havaianas has made its legendary Brazilian flip-flops since 1962, but they also make a number of sandals. The Freedom Prints feature an attractive floral/flamingo pattern that comes in two colours, and boast an adjustable strap for the perfect fit. Constructed from rubber, the sole is heat-resistant, water-resistant and non-slip. Obrigado!
6. PRADA PVC sandals
Prada has helped legitimise the chunky trend with a number of footwear lines, and these sandals are some of the best from its summer range. The blend of neon PVC and white leather panels give these a sporty, comfortable vibe that make them a practical choice, too, and the large heel adds quite a bit of height. These are also a versatile sandal, being just at home on the beach as they are in the city.
7. Chloé Sonnie
These attention-grabbing numbers from Chloé are an example of how far fashion houses are willing to push the boundaries of fashion acceptability. Cut from leather in Italy, the mesh and woven straps form the structure, and a chunky heel with pops of green add a splash of colour to the futuristic design. Not one's for the shrinking violet, the Sonnies certainly stand out in a crowd.