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The tourist sandal is this season’s update to the ugly sneaker


by Freya Drohan
28th Mar 2019
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Freya Drohan is an Irish fashion and lifestyle writer based in New York. Here, she guides us into the world of the ‘ugly’ tourist sandal — and how to make it work for SS19.


Perhaps the only thing more divisive than the so-called ‘tourist sandal’ trend, is actually calling it ugly: but I guess a fashion phenomenon like this is nothing if not self-deprecating.

The sudden prevalence of chunky sneakers definitely ignited a “WHAT ARE THOSE” response from the uninitiated, but the shoe trend inspired by Raf Simons’ redesign of the Adidas Ozweego (back in 2013) and popularised by the Balenciaga Triple S (since 2017) remains as prevalent right now as the minimalist Stan Smiths that dominated before it.

With so many copycat offerings available and orthopaedic-looking soles coming at us on every street, it’s bound to cause those who initially sought out the trend to differentiate themselves. Enter: the tourist sandal — a burgeoning micro-trend that shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon.

If you’re inclined to follow a certain aesthetic on Instagram, you may have noticed the likes of Alexa Chung, Emily Weiss (founder of Glossier) and emerging style star Monikh nonchalantly rocking their black, velcro-strap Chanel footbeds for a while now. So too has the new-season Prada rubber sole equivalent skyrocketed in popularity, as spotted on tastemakers like Lucy Williams.

Birkenstocks, and even Crocs, have had surprising, non-ironic comebacks in recent years, and now the humble Teva is enjoying a resurgence. The OG multi-purposeful sport sandal, invented in Arizona in the mid-1980s, or at least the idea of it, has been utilised in collections at Louis Vuitton, Marni, Anna Sui, Tome, AREA and Sandy Liang.

Credit: Teva

 

In the mood to keep your podiatrist happy? Look no further than this functional-meets-fashionable footwear trend. Whether you’re in the mood to spend or save; go supersize or simple with the soles; there are a multitude of ways to work this trend into your spring summer wardrobe.

 

Sporty Chunky Flat Sandals by Truffle Collection, €35.95 from ASOS.com

 

Universal White Pattern Sandals by Teva, €55 from UrbanOutfitters.com

 

Trekky Leopard, €115 from FurDeluxe.store

 

Puffed Shape Flat Sandals, €320 from Nanuskha.com

 

Clarissa II Pink Gladiator Sandals by Dr. Martens, €175 from UrbanOutfitters.com

 

Logo Leather Canvas Sandals by Prada, €450 from NetAPorter.com
Sonnie Utility Sandals by Chloé, €495 from FarFetch.com
Sport Platform Sandals, €39.95 from Zara.com

 

 

Tweed & Lambskin Sandals, approx €1,040 from Chanel
Sneak-Elyse Platform Sandal by Stella McCartney, €420 from MyTheresa.com

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