I’ve written about Teva sandals a few times before (when ‘Dad sandals‘ first got really popular two summers ago and again when it introduced its slip-on style last year) but the Velcro sandal is a subject worth revisiting because it’s a style that just isn’t going anywhere. While two years ago I spotted Tevas on the feet on models on the catwalk at Margaret Howell, when the spring/summer 2017 collections were shown last September, it was the mighty Prada that had taken the idea of walking sandals and really run with it (as well as some amazing rubber sporty sandals that I recommend having a look at if you fancy a dribble). Although this isn’t the first time that that the mega brand has done sporty Velcro numbers, they’ve never looked quite so, well, Teva before.
Prada sandals, £370 (prada.com)
OK, let’s just take a minute to swoon over these sandals. Because, as gorgeous as they are, I doubt many of you will be willing to fork out the £370 on the price tag when you can pick up a dead ringer from Teva for a fraction of the price. Although I admit, I am tempted, because there is also a safety clasp, and you all know how much I love a safety clasp on a shoe! Nonetheless, it’s good to know that your faithful fabric straps from two summers ago (or longer) are still bang on trend, right? And while Teva still has the biggest selection of this style of shoe (I’ll come to that in a minute), another brand that has caught my eye this summer is Camper.
Oruga sandals in various colours, all £70 (camper.com)
I’m not always a big fan of Camper shoes – they can be a bit Marmite, don’t you think? – but the one pair of boots I’ve owned were really great (I bought them on honeymoon in Florence many moons ago) and incredibly comfortable, so it’s a brand I trust. And these sandals are fab! Even if that last pair are a verging on being a bit Timmy Mallet. Maybe that’s a good thing though? My favourites are the block colour pair at the top – they’re a little easier to wear and I wouldn’t feel like I needed to dig out my lilac shell suit from 1990 to wear with them.
Original Universal Solid sandals, £35 (teva.co.uk)
Original Universe Ombre sandals, £55 (teva.co.uk)
Of course the best value Velcro sandals are from the original brand, Teva. Its own website has absolutely loads of colours and styles (the brighter the better if you want to be on trend this year), but it’s worth having a peek on the Free People site too as they have this fab exclusive pair which is a collaboration with Canadian brand Hudson Bay. Love those zingy summer stripes!
Hudson Bay x Teva sandals, £68 (freepeople.com)