We probably don’t need to tell you that 90s fashion is dominating at the moment. It’s more than likely scrunchies, shoulder bags and bucket hats have been all over your social media feeds, and you can barely pick up your phone without seeing a pair of chunky sandals.
They were popular 25 years ago with stars such as Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow, and of course, the Spice Girls. After their first foray into our wardrobes, we vowed never to wear such clunky shoes again – but this year, that’s exactly what’s trending in footwear.
Bottega Veneta‘s chunky sole boots started off the trend for chunky soles and the fashion crowd couldn’t get enough of them. Chanel’s ‘ugly’ dad sandals were next, while Prada’s leather loafers are another chunky style to have proven popular.
When it comes to the high street, we’re spoiled for choice. Dr Martens classic Clara and Voss sandals, which come in both black and white, aren’t just versatile, but they’ll last forever. Meanwhile sustainable footwear brand Alohas have some beautiful checkerboard sandals we just love, which combine two trends in one.
You don’t have to shell out thousands to get the look. Here, we share options from Dr. Martens, & Other Stories, ASOS and more.
Black Quilted Chunky Footbed Sandals, £27.99, New Look – buy now
This quilted pair remind us of Chanel’s quilted sandals, the perfect choice to level up a casual look.
Fascinated Chunky Padded Mules in Black, £25, ASOS – buy now
We can already imagine wearing these Ganni dupes with our favourite denim jeans and oversized shirt. They look incredibly comfortable to wear too.
Foster Premium Leather Chunky Mules in Black, £45, ASOS – buy now
Band tee? Check. Dark denim? Check. These chunky mules? Check. Our weekend outfit’s already sorted.
Chunky-soled Sandals, £19.99, H&M – buy now
This pair, reminiscent of the Spice Girls platforms, makes us want to break out into Wannabe.
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Chunky Leather Gladiator Sandals, £85, & Other Stories – buy now
This chic pair of chunky sandals would go perfectly with any summer outfits — from shorts and blouses to sundresses.
Marshmallow Scacchi Black & White Sandals, £105, Alohas – buy now
Hit two trends with one pair. Chunky sandals with checkerboard straps? Yes, please.
Flat Sports Sandals With Track Sole, £59.99, Zara – buy now
Perhaps the most similar to the ones we wore when we were young, this pair from Zara takes us back — but also keeps us current.
White Leather Voss II Strap Sandals, £89.99, Dr. Martens at Urban Outfitters – buy now
You can’t go wrong with a pair of Dr. Martens, with their signature yellow stitching and chunky soles.
White Sydney Sandals, £75, ASRA via Urban Outfitters – buy now
ASRA are a footwear brand with a conscience. If you’re looking for a long-lasting, ethically produced and affordable pair of chunky sandals, look no further than these lace-ups.
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