Dad sandals or cool sandals? The fashion world has decided...
You could argue that it started last year when both Prada and Marc Jacobs showed sporty strap sandals in their SS14 catwalk collections. Fast forward two seasons, and Burberry and Christopher Raeburn were at it too for SS15 (the latter were just £25 from Gola). But the main reason that Velcro sandals are such a big deal this summer is that suddenly, everyone everywhere wants to wear Teva.
Hannah wearing Teva sandals on Instagram @enbrogue
Teva sandals have been around way longer than those aforementioned catwalk shoes – since 1984 in fact, when the founder attached an old Velcro watch strap to a pair of flip flops – and are about as comfy as it gets, with their simple rubber soles and non-rub fabric straps. The fashion world has totally got on board with making them look cool this season, too - just pop #teva into Instagram and you’ll see over 80,000 posts offering styling tips and shoefies. Our fashion editor Amy Bannerman is a HUGE fan and was sporting them at New York Fashion Week back in September when everyone else was in vertiginous heels, and style bloggers like Alex from The Frugality have become addicted, too. I’ve been wearing them, and sandals like them, whenever the weather has been good enough to allow me, because once you’ve tried them, it’s hard not to get hooked. Amy even wears hers in the rain too – I’m not that brave, but they’re robust enough to survive a shower, and that’s always good to know when you live in Britain.
Amy wearing Teva sandals on Instagram @amybannermanstylist
Teva has a massive range of different styles and colours. My personal favourites are from the Originals range and are really simple, but you can get them with toe posts (Amy’s favs) and even flatform versions as well that look like they might be from designer label Marni. And the high street hasn’t been slow on the uptake, either. If you want the same vibe but a slightly different look, there are plenty of other shops stocking similar styles.
Hannah wearing Hudson and Alex (@thefrugality on Instagram) wearing Teva. Picture by Chris O'Donnell
So how to wear the surprise hit shoe of the summer? I would recommend avoiding anything that looks like you might actually be going hiking - khaki cargo shorts, for example - and wear with your normal fashion get-up. They seem to work particuarly well with all-in-ones; my favourite pairing is with some frayed dungarees, and Alex has been rocking hers with a number of cool boiler suits as well as this summer's other favourite, culottes. Here’s a pick of my favourite ones available to buy now.
The Original Sandals
You can't go far wrong with a pair of sandals from Teva's Originals range. I love the two-tone design of these, and you can't argue with that price!
Teva Original Universal Sport, £35, teva.co.uk
The Fashion Sandals
Add a bit of a flatform to your Tevas and suddenly it all goes a bit designer. These don't look far off those original sporty sandals seen on the catwalk at Prada.
Teva Flatform Universal, £45, teva.co.uk
The Luxe Sandals
Go for a metallic finish and leather straps with your Velcro sandals and no-one could ever accuse you of looking like your dad.
Hudson Calypso Sandal, £60, hudsonshoes.com
The Funky Sandals
Another catwalk homage here - these Topshop beauties don't look unlike the sandals that graced the catwalk at Burberry earlier this year.
Funki Reef Sandals, £15 reduced from £48, topshop.com
The Chunky Sandals
The sturdy black sole of this pair makes them feel more substantial. Perfect, as their name suggests, for your camping holiday.
ASOS Farynn Camping Sandal, £22.50 reduced from £30, ASOS.com