Dad Sandals & Sports Sandals: A Carefully Curated Collection

How to Style Dad Sandals and Sport Sandals

Above: Celine bag, Birkenstock sandals and Xero sandals.

Like with biker shorts, dad sandals and sport sandals have popped up as a 100% fashionable accessory this summer. As someone who already owns a pair of Birkenstocks and actual hiking sandals, I am very much on board with this trend. Especially for the latter pair – I’m happy with any excuse to wear them outside of just camping activities!

I’ve donned mine in this post for a casual, errands-running look. However, I think the following ladies do a better job showcasing the true potential of these previously hippie-high-school-English-teacher-esque shoes.

Most of us cannot and/or do not want to splurge on the original trendsetting Chanel dad sandals. Which, despite the hefty price tag, are somehow sold out in all stores across the country. So here are a few styles that not only are friendlier on the wallet, but also can be functional long beyond this trend’s lifespan.

Black Quilted Leather

  • If you are still feeling fancy, the Prada sport sandals are more streamlined and half the price of the Chanel sandals 
  • These Aerosoles sandals are bound to be both comfortable on the feet, and your wallet at $95
    • Ironically, the negative reviews are about the oversized look of these sandals – which is exactly the style 
  • Alohas, a relatively newer brand with a made-to-order model to reduce production waste, has a very similar quilted version as well at $155

Natural Material

Something More Streamlined

If you don’t want the chonky look, these options are a bit more streamlined:

Color of the Season: Lavender

And for something more colorful, a la Bottega Veneta’s Padded Slide:

Or… stick with the original classics, the Birkenstock Arizona and Teva Sandal, you can’t go wrong with those.


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