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Are Thong Sandals Still in Style in 2023?

They're here to stay.

Last Updated on March 22, 2023

Whether you’re a fan or not, thong sandals (also known as flip flops in the UK) have made a comeback – but not as you know them.

Thong sandals have undergone a serious upgrade, and I am all for it. With new additions such as wedges, chunky soles and luxe leathers, you’ll be sure to fall in love with them all over again.

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But are they still in style in 2023? Here, we take a closer look.

Are thong sandals still in style in 2023?

In a word, yes. Minimalist footwear has been hugely popular since 2021, with strappy sandals being amongst the world’s most popular shoe trends.

Thong sandals are no longer just for the beach; this summer, there’s barely an occasion where they’re not appropriate.

So who’s to thank for this reinvention? Designers have been reinventing the classic style, giving the shoe a stylish update.

The Row’s in particular have become one of the it shoes of summer. They’re simple, black and a little chunky, but their minimalist appearances is exactly why they look so good.


Now the high street is following suit. Every brand from Zara to Mango has dropped a selection of simple styles, and we’re loving them even more in 2023.

They’re the perfect way to add a touch of sophistication to any outfit without breaking the bank.

And if you’re looking for something a little more high-end, you’ll be pleased to know that thong sandals have been popping up on the runways of top designers all over the world. From Gucci to Chanel, they’re proving that the thong is not just for the beach anymore.

So, there you have it. The thong sandal is still very much in style in 2023, and it’s here to stay. 

Don’t be afraid to mix and match, experiment with different colors and textures, and, most importantly, have fun with your footwear. 

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What are thong sandals called?

As well as thongs, these sandals are called flip flops by Brits.

Why are they called thongs?

Thong sandals are called that because of the Y-shaped strap, known as a toe thong, that sits in between your toes and across your feet.

Convinced? Feast your eyes on our edit of thong sandals, below.

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Shop Thong Sandals

Platform strap sandals

Platform strap sandals, £45, Mango – Buy now

Toe thong mid heeled sandals

Toe thong mid heeled sandals, £49, Zara – Buy now 

Slip-on leather sandals

Slip-on leather sandals, £135, Arket – Buy now

Denim thong sandals

Denim thong sandals, £109, Arket – Buy now

Leather thong sandals

Leather thong sandals, £159, Arket – Buy now

Monki platform sandals

Monki platform sandals, £30, Monki – Buy now

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