I’ve been eyeing the dad sandal trend for about a year now and I think I might try it on for size this spring. Not for everyone, I realize, but I enjoy stretching my fashion wings and playing around with the ambient styles. I like the way the street style starlets below have kept their outfits fairly minimal (in neutrals/black) to tone down the statement a bit. If you’re not into the chunky two-strap dad styles, you might like some of the fisherman-style variations, which have a bit more…femininity? to them? I’ve already shared these Tory Burch ones I bought last summer a lot recently (see me in mine here), but I was surprised by how often I reached for them, frequently pairing with floaty maxi dresses. The contrast (ethereal dress with heavy sole) was pleasing and different. You might surprise yourself! (You can get the look for less with this $59 pair.) This Madewell pair (25% off right now) is an even more feminine take on the trend if you don’t love the super heavy/platform sole.
Prada has a lug-sole fisherman pair that is new out this season that is flying (a best-seller at Neiman’s) — I think we’ll see a lot of the shape this season. It’s bold but I would tone it down with a white maxi or jeans and a tee. You can get the look for less with these Loeffler Randalls or these Free Peoples.
You’ll notice there are a lot of Chanel dad sandals seen in the collage above. You can find lots of them pre-owned (some barely worn) on The Real Real (these are iconic), FashionPhile (love these pastel pink ones), and ReBag (fun raffia option — note: you can get the raffia dad sandal look for less with these!). All three of those luxury resale sites are legit; I’ve ordered from TRR and FashionPhile and especially love The Real Real because you can set alerts for brands you like and keep your “hearted” items in one place. I haven’t tried ReBag before, but have friends who have. Pay attention to the “condition” notes so you aren’t surprised. Often, the price is reflective of wear, too.
If you’re liking the look but not ready for an investment, this $50 “inspired-by Chanel” pair is a sure thing. I ordered myself a pair to play around with to see whether I want to pony up for a designer pair. I am SO tempted by the bubble gum pink Gucci ones…
A few designer pairs of shoes alongside looks for less below —
And, a full accounting of all of my favorite “dad sandals” out right now below if you want in on the look. My personal motto is to have fun with fashion — don’t take yourself too seriously! Don’t worry! Just try!
01. CHANEL RAFFIA SANDALS // 02. MELISSA PAPETE SANDAL // 03. GUCCI ISLA SANDALS // 04. DIOR ACT SANDAL // 05. LEOFFLER RANDALL BLAISE SANDALS (MORE SIZES HERE) // 06. TORY BURCH PLATFORM ESPADRILLES // 07. PRADA QUILTED SANDALS // 08. ANTHROPOLOGIE FISHERMAN ESPADRILLES // 09. PRADA FISHERMAN SANDALS // 10. LOEFFLER RANDALL TALIA SANDALS // 11. BY FAR GIDEON SANDALS // 12. CHANEL BLACK DAD SANDALS // 13. THE DROP MAIZE SANDALS
*I’m having difficulty resisting the urge to buy these for my daughter. Meep!
P.S. More on my fashion mantra: “A woman contains multitudes. Fashion often reminds me of that truth, in turn urging me not to hem myself in.”
P.P.S. The khaki trend.
P.P.P.S. A poem that just feels good to read. As one Magpie commented: “Reading this poem felt like somebody gently rubbing my back. So soothing.”