Dandals?! En Brogue checks out this season’s controversial shoes – velcro sandals

Continuing my weekend theme of velcro, today I’m looking at a hot trend for this summer: velcro sandals. I can’t take the credit for coining the phrase ‘dandals’, sadly – that accolade goes to my friend and fellow blogger Alex from The Frugality. It means Dad Sandals. Geddit? Anyway, I wrote about velcro walking-style sandals that your dad might wear (in fact, mine does…regularly) back in September when I spotted cheap Gola sandals on the catwalk at Christopher Raeburn’s show at London Fashion Week. I promptly bought myself a pair but I haven’t got round to wearing them yet – they’re just a little bit TOO practical to look stylish, but I am planning to wear them on summer walks on the Isle of Wight.

Me wearing Hudson sandals (here) and Alex in Teva (here)

Since then though, many brands have got on board with the idea and produced much more wearable, fashion forward versions. Alex and I got together for a picture of us wearing our favourite ones around at the moment. Alex is wearing Teva – a brand that’s well versed in the skill of making comfortable velcro sandals. I’ve got a pair of my own, too, and they really are a treat for your feet! The shoes I’m wearing in the picture are from Hudson and I LOVE them – they almost feel like they could be from Marni. I borrowed the tan pair in the shot but I’ve ordered my own pair in black with a red trim. I literally can’t wait for them to arrive! They’re also available in silver.

Hudson Calypso
Hudson Calypso sandals, £60, hudsonshoes.com (BUY ME HERE!)
Hudson silver
Hudson Calypso sandals, £60, hudsonshoes.com (BUY ME HERE!)

Teva has a HUGE range of velcro sandals – my favourites are the Originals range but if you go as high as a flatform, they have some great fashion styles this season (also with a touch of Marni – the master of “fugly” sandals!). There’s pretty much every colour you could wish for but I went for a simple plain grey as I prefer it to the patterned fabrics.

Teva grey
Original sandals, £50, teva.co.uk (BUY ME HERE!)

The great thing about velcro sandals is that they’re often really cheap, too. Plus, if the weather is good enough, they’re absolutely perfect to wear to a festival. Free People has a really good range – I love the tropical feel of the printed pair below.

Sienna sandals, £60, freepeople.co.uk (BUY ME HERE!)
Boundary Falls sandals, £128, freepeople.co.uk (BUY ME HERE!)

Topshop also has a really great selection, including the bright, block coloured pair below that are a dead ringer for the catwalk versions that appear on the Burberry catwalk back in September (and are much cheaper, too!).

Topshop Reef
FUNKI Reef sandals, £48, topshop.com (BUY ME HERE!)
Topshop gold
FUNKI Reef sandals, £48, topshop.com (BUY ME HERE!)
Topshop velcro
HITCH Sporty sandals, £26, topshop.com (BUY ME HERE!)

And that’s the great thing about the velcro sandals trend – they rarely set you back too much money – although I have found a few gorgeous designer pairs too, if you have some cash to splash! Velvet velcro sandals? How decadent…

Sandro velvet sandals, £199, selfridges.com (BUY ME HERE!)