According to some, ankle strap sandals may fall into the cheugy category for 2021. Whether or not that’s the case, I think these are still a fantastic staple for both casual and dressier events alike. With wedding season and festivities back in full swing, I’ve been dusting off some sorely neglected shoes from the past year.
Ankle-strap block sandals are perfect for nearly every occasion – with the exception of maybe winter festivities. I love that they can be dressed up or down, and can provide a nice height boost for events hosted both on solid indoor flooring or outdoor lawns. If you’re looking for a pair, here are a few favorites.
Stuart Weitzman Nearly Nude
A more functional version of Stuart Weitzman’s iconic Nudist sandal line, the Nearly Nude is one of my all-time favorite pairs of Fancy Sandals. I first wore the sparkly Noir pair on my wedding day, a 10 hour affair with no discomfort at all.
And since 2018, these have since been my go-to pair for friends’ weddings, holiday parties, and more. They come in a wide array of colors, including a patent beige if that is more your style. Initially, I was worried that the ankle strap might dig in, but the little bit of elastic on the side provides some give and comfort.
As much as I love these, I also realize they are quite pricey. Thankfully, there are budget variations that are nearly just as comfortable!
Sam Edelman Odila Sandals
The Odila Sandals are almost identical to the Nearly Nude with a 3” heel (a smidge shorter than SW’s 3.25”). The main difference is the front strap design – a scalloped edge that I like quite a bit as well. I snagged these at a great discount from Nordstrom Rack, but would gladly pay the full price of $100.
These have been comfortable during hours of dancing and celebrating at multiple weddings! Because they are suede, they’ve accrued a little bit of dirt from outdoor shindigs – but a good coat of this spray should prevent that.
I’ll also note that the Yaro Sandals are a closer match design-wise to the Nearly Nudes. However, they have a higher 4” heel which is a little too tall for me these days!
Steve Madden Irenee
At $70, the Steve Madden Irenee is both great on the wallet and on the feet. The Irenee is a similar style with a more modest 2” heel. I have these in black suede, and find them very easy to pair with both dresses and jeans.
One thing to note: during the first few wears, the bottoms of my feet became a bit discolored from the dye. Not a big deal, and the shoe itself still looks fine. I was a little surprised the first time, and I made sure to wash my feet after following events. I know I know, but sometimes I’m just too tired to do that normally!
These three pairs cover most bases for me and have gotten a lot of use. And I plan to continue wearing them for the next few years, cheugy or not!
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