Dated Sandals Retiring and Their Replacements

Welcome to the middle of summer. At this point, the Rotation of your outfit probably looks like denim cuts, simple tank tops and sandals—a lot of sandals. When you’re walking to the nearest pool in sight, taking a walk in the park, or enjoying an outdoor happy hour, sandals pretty much cover all of your summer bases. That’s why we’re here to make sure your shoe collection is as up-to-date as possible.

Curious about which styles of sandals you should give up to enhance your wardrobe? I asked the editors of What Wear what outdated sandal trends they are breaking this summer and, of course, what trends they can wear repeatedly instead. Let’s be honest. We will be wearing our sandals to death by September. So if you haven’t found your ideal pair (or two or three pairs) yet, there’s no time like the present.

In advance, see which sandal trends we are replacing and shop for the styles we want to wear instead.

Style: Velcro Sandals

Purchase: sandals with metal hardware

I’m taking a break from wearing my velcro sandals right now. The sporty style is convenient to have on hand, so I’m not going to completely leave them. Instead, I prefer sandals with material trims that offer a more interesting and upscale look.

Retreat: Puffy Sandals

Replace by: minimalist sandals

“Puffy sandals lose their hype, and although they are extremely comfortable, my attention was drawn to minimal strappy styles because they give a much more elegant finish. Reminiscent of the 90s, this style of sandals is the definition of ease. My ideal sandals are from The Row, but luckily I found several similar options for a fraction of the price.”

Style: thick-soled sandals

Purchase: Raffia Sandals

“Chunky sandals with a contoured sole are not something I will buy this summer. Instead, something more summery crosses my mind: raffia sandals. Prada has an awesome pair, but at the moment there are many affordable options.”

Retreat: Clear Sandals

Purchase: Fischer Sandals

“Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s too many after nights looking at the row with nostalgia, but I’ve really been interested in fisherman’s sandals after. While the woven style has long been ridiculed by many people (including myself), all it takes is a good outfit to change your mind. For me, it happened when I saw cool girls wearing the style at a coffee shop in Nolita. I sense an upward trend here. If I were you, I’d jump on them before it’s too after — mine are already on their way to me.

You know what’s not fancy? Sweating of the feet. This is what I think about when I see transparent sandals and slides. Maybe I’m too exhausted by the 2017 PVC sandals trend to fully embrace their upcoming comeback in the name of Nostalgia, but I’d be lying if I said that these alone are the shoes I contrition the most. In addition, they feel very uncomfortable. No thanks!”

Retreat: Gladiator Sandals

Replace with: shims

“I’m going to bypass the gladiator sandals this summer and opt for elegant and trendy wedges instead. I love minimalist silhouettes and sculptural heels that are having a big Moment this Season and go easily with dresses and jeans.”

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