Chunky sandals are surprisingly easy to wear with everything

It’s easy to see the appeal of something like a sleek pair of strappy sandals; their slim silhouette and innate versatility make them easy to style with just about anything. But if you’re looking for a basic shoe that goes the extra mile and elevates a look from satisfying to impressive, chunky sandals are for you. Affectionately referred to as “ugly shoes” by many, the hallmark of this bold trend often involves a platform, a lugged sole, a puffy silhouette, oversized buckles, wide straps, or something in between.

But why wear them? For starters, they’re useful for balancing out a look. No designer did better than Gabriela Hearst during Chloé’s Spring 2022 collection, as seen in the collage above. Hearst leaned into clever elements like woven and braided yarns to dress up the chunky-soled sandal. But the Marni sandals or the notched sole platforms by Proenza Schouler are also key pieces of the season.

In addition, chunky sandals are also more practical than a pair of thin sandals because they provide more distance between the ground and your foot, which makes walks and trips much more comfortable and clean. And finally, chunky sandals are worth a shot as nearly every shoe designer is making a pair of them right now, from classics like Chanel and Jil Sander to boutique brands like Loeffler Randall and Larroude (with classic Birkenstock thrown into the mix. , courses). Continue to find your pair.

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