There’s no denying that we’ve all put comfort over everything else when it comes to fashion since the start of the pandemic, but it seems like we’re taking it to the next level this year with pillow sandals.
If you haven’t seen a pair before, they’re exactly what they sound like — padded sandals that make your feet feel like they’re walking on clouds. Unlike many comfortable shoes, they look just as good as they feel.
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Designers have been backing padded footwear for some time; when Louis Vuitton released pillow boots as part of its Spring/Summer 2021 collection, we knew it was only a matter of time till we got the style in sandals.
True enough, we’re already being treated to quite a number of selections. Notable mentions are STAUD’s Rita sandals, Miu Miu’s puffy braided leather slides, and Roam’s puffy sandals, which are Lyst report are some of the most searched-for pairs right now.
In fact, searches for pillow sandals are on the rise altogether, with 129% more people looking them up than this time last year.
If you’re ready to take the plunge and buy a pair, you’ll be happy to know that high street has come to our rescue and released its own versions of the trend – but if you want designer options, we have a couple of those too.
With options from Zara, Mango and River Island, here are 12 pairs of pillow sandals to check out now in a rainbow of hues.
Rio Platform Sandals, $295, Staud – buy now
Puffy Double Knot Slide Sandals, £90, Anthropologie – buy now
Poppy Slip-On Sandals, £118, Free People – buy now
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Flight Padded Cross-Over Slider, now £12.80, ASOS – buy now
Padded Flat Leather Sandals, £49.99, Zara – buy now
Puffy Thong Sandals, £88, Free People – buy now
Minorca Padded Toe Post Sandals, £17.45, Public Desire at ASOS – buy now
Brown Leopard Print Chunky Sandals, £30, River Island – buy now
Fascinated Chunky Padded Mules, now £17.50, ASOS – buy now
Platform Sandals With Knot, £49.99, Mango – buy now
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Pink Suki Padded Faux-Leather Flip Flops, £48, Yume Yume at Matches Fashion – buy now
Black Nappa Padded Crossover Leather Slides, £414, Jil Sander at Matches Fashion – buy now