Stuck on you: why I still love Velcro sandals

|The easy trend that just won’t go away|

I’ve written about Teva sandals a few times before (when ‘Dad sandals‘ first got really popular a few summers ago and Alex from The Frugality and I did a whole photo shoot devoted to it) but it’s time to revisit the subject because, rather like when a Velcro strap meets a cashmere jumper, this is a trend that has really stuck.

Teva sandals

1. Teva ‘Hurricane XLT2’ sandals, £55 (teva.co.uk)

2. Camper ‘Oruga’ sandals, £85 (camper.com); 3. Dr Martens ‘Maldon’ sandals, £90 (drmartens.com); 4. & Other Stories ‘Scratch Strap’ sandals, £69 (stories.com)

This year, I am able to bring you a Friday shopping fix version of my Velcro sandals feature, which means I have found fifteen – yes FIFTEEN – different brands that are doing them. Of course, a big shout out to the original and my favourite, Teva, which has more choice than anyone else and whose prices are unrivalled. I also really rate them in terms of comfort and longevity. I love the back story of the brand – its founder was a river guide in the Grand Canyon and was fed up of losing his flip flops in the water. So one day he attached them to his feet using those sporty Velcro watch straps that were popular in the Eighties. Genius!

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5. Love Moschino sandals, £171 (moschino.commoschino.com); 6. El Naturalista sandals, £79 (thenaturalshoestore.com); 7. Charles & Keith Velcro sandals, £29 (charleskeith.com

I’ll be honest – a couple of these pairs are technically flatforms, but I know lots of you are into a chunky sandal, so although they are a little high for me, I’m sure you will like them. And as the name suggests, flatforms are basically flat, right?!

8. Prada sandals, £375 (net-a-porter.com); 9. Clarks Originals ‘Ranger Sport’, £120 (clarks.co.uk); 10. Suicoke Velcro sandals, £178 (farfetch.com)

As usual, I’ve included something here for every budget, as well as a good range of styles, from the original fabric to leather and even velvet, so hopefully you will find something that you love!

11. Penelope Chilvers ‘Alma’ sandals, £139 (penelopechilvers.com); 12. Bimba Y Lola velvet sandals, £140 (bimbaylola.com); 13. Daisy Roots ‘Relax’ sandals, £50 (marrum.co.uk)

14. Whistles ‘Keller’ sandals, £135 (whistles.com); 15. Monki faux leather sandals, £30 (monki.com)

WEAR WITH

My favourite ways to wear Velcro sandals are not in the traditional “I’m off on a summer hike” way, with shorts and a rucksack (although I will no doubt be doing this at some point). Rather, for a fashion spin, team them with items from the other end of the sartorial spectrum. A few years ago Margaret Howell’s London Fashion Week show was full of tailored trousers with Tevas and it looked great, and if you want to take inspiration from the guys who work at Teva head office (who I hung out with in Portugal a couple of years ago), you could even try the socks and sandals look. Either way, you’ll definitely be very comfortable and bang on trend!

WITH TAILORED TROUSERS

Arket trousers, £59 (arket.com); COS shirt, £39 (cosstores.com); Stelar bag, £450 (thisisstelar.com)

WITH A DRESS

Zara dress, £25.99 (zara.com); Machete ‘Clare’ earrings, £45 (cissywears.com); Mango shopper, £35.99 (mango.com)

WITH SOCKS

Fred Perry dress, £90 (fredperry.com); Baia rucksack, £300 (baiabags.co.uk); & Other Stories socks, £8 (stories.com)

This article was originally published on EnBrogue.com in 2017 but has been updated with new product for 2018

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