Feature Image by Urban Outfitters

Every summer, new sandals debut on the market, making everyone and their mothers click to their favorite sites in search of the latest trend. While some years it’s a totally new-fangled silhouette, this year features a blast from the past: the velcro sandal.

Often dubbed the “ugly” sandal, this design has remained a tried and true for nature lovers everywhere, as its durability, airiness, and overall easy wear make it a comfortable choice for many summer activities. Now, just about every editor, influencer, model, and real-life gal is posting pics in the simple sandals.

Thankfully, this year’s launches have come with a touch of chic color and head-turning height, giving the once hideous sandal a modern update that just somehow works. That said, if you’re feeling adventurous — both literally and metaphorically — check out the sandals below for a welcome addition to your summer wardrobe.

TEVA Flatform Sandals

TEVA Flatform Universal Mesh Print Sandals $75

These platform sandals feel like you’re walking on clouds. Take it from someone who now owns two pairs of the cushy, mesh-strapped shoes.

Chaco Z/1 Chromatic Sandal

Chaco Z/1 Chromatic Sandal $105

We love a monochrome moment and these pale purple cuties show us how it’s done. The criss-cross straps give them an added, modern allure.


Vagabond Shoemakers Lori Sandal $90

Want to get in on the trend but aren’t super outdoorsy? These elevated velcro sandals are worth adding to your cart.

Merrell Women's Juno Strap Sandals

Merrell Women’s Juno Strap Sandals $110

You’d never guess that these detailed boho sandals are made by outdoor brand Merrell. As we said, velcro sandals have gotten a welcome upgrade.

Steve Madden Henley-R Sandals

Steve Madden Henley-R Sandals $80.95

Want to go all out? These rhinestone platform sandals will help you do just that.

 Hover to zoom. Suicoke DEPA-V2NU Sandal

Suicoke DEPA-V2NU Sandal $280

You can never go wrong with a clay-like neutral. These give off a hip, minimalist vibe.

UO Jayna Sandal

Urban Outfitters Jayna Sandal $29

These brushed suede sandals look much more expensive than they really are. We’ll take it.

Melissa X Rider Papete Sandal

Melissa X Rider Papete Sandal $79

Jelly sandals meet velcro sandals — talk about a trend piece!

Camper Oruga Sandals

Camper Oruga Sandals $145

A leather and suede upper pair with a rubber sole for a mixed-material sandal we can 100% get behind. Best of all, they come in a few color combos.


TEVA Hurricane Drift Sandals $40

All-white sandals are a must for summer and the rubber material makes them that much comfier.

xx, The FabFitFun Team