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This or That / Sandal Edition

3 weeks ago by

It’s the first week of June and I’m in the market for a new pair of summer sandals. I know “sandals” is a loose definition, encompassing most open-toed shoes, but I’m being specific here. I’m talking about a solid, flat, everyday sandal that is both chic enough to wear to work and comfortable enough to walk thirty blocks in. When it’s so hot out and the only bearable footwear choice feels like a sneaker, but you’re so bored of your sneakers and you want another equally effortless option–enter the easy, breezy, everyday sandal.

Now, when it comes down to this specific item, I’ve noticed that most women tend to land in one of two sartorial camps. The Chunky Sandal (think: Birkenstocks, Teva’s, could have a platform, usually has thick straps, could be of the espadrille variety) or The Delicate Sandal (a “naked” sandal, often Grecian-inspired, usually a neutral color, very very thin straps, very flat).

Coincidentally, while doing research for this story the other day, I noticed two sandal edits under Matches Fashion’s “Shoes” vertical–“Minimal Sandals” and “Chunky Sandals,” personifying the exact breakdown I had in my head.

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Interestingly enough, both styles appear to be equitably beloved by fashionable women.

Personally, I usually fall into the chunky sandal category, being a long-time Birkenstock lover and all around more “granola” dresser. But, I do think there is something seriously sexy about a super minimal, Grecian sandal.

So, what’s a girl to do? Are we bored of Birks yet? (I don’t think I am.) Are Teva’s the next frontier of chunky sandals? Is “chunky” just a nicer term for “ugly”–are they the Dad Sneaker of sandals?? Are these delicate sandals–sexy as they may be–comfortable enough to pass my “must be able to walk thirty blocks in” rule?

Tell me: which category do you fall into and what is your summer sandal of choice?

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