Move Over, Birkenstocks; We're Currently Obsessing Over '90s-Style Chunky Sandals
As evidenced by much of our recent fashion content, we're extremely here for '90s fashion trends. Also appealing to us? "Ugly" shoe trends from hefty combat boots to ultrathick platforms. With Summer dressing on the brain, we're transitioning our shopping strategy to keep toe-baring shoes in mind. And though we love ourselves a good pair of Birkenstocks, chunky sandals are the latest shoe trend to pique our interest.
Chunky sandals are rooted in nostalgia and a total '90s mood, ranging from cage silhouettes with wide straps to thick platform soles and weighty slides. Then there are the details like big buckles, grommets, lug soles, fisherman silhouettes, and velcro straps, all of which set various styles apart to appeal to a range of aesthetics from minimal to sporty.
While any pair of chunky sandals will set a '90s tone, certain pieces really channel the mood like plaid skirts á la Cher Horowitz, cutesy socks, slip dresses, and tube tops. We even love them with low-rise leather pants (a favorite of Jennifer Aniston's Friends character, Rachel Green) or tailored linen separates (not unlike the superchic shorts suit worn by Vivian Ward at the end of Pretty Woman).
For more of a visual guide, keep scrolling for 16 chunky sandal outfits we love, as styled by fashion insiders and influencers. Plus, shop our edit, from under-$50 options to designer styles.