The Weird, Cool, and Comfortable Sandal Trend That's Everywhere This Summer

Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour
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Much unlike the naked-effect floss shoes that have dominated the last few warm-weather seasons, for summer 2020, footwear is getting puffy. That's right—barely there sandals are slowly but surely being eclipsed by padded styles ranging from subtle to in-your-face. And as someone who never found threadlike straps to be particularly comfortable in footwear to begin with, the change is very much welcome—at least by me.

Sure, they're a little weird, but they also possess an undeniable cool factor and are a lot more forgiving on your feet. The aforementioned coolness is only further backed-up by the slew of brands supporting the movement. From the Bottegas and Proenzas of the world to emerging labels such as Studio Amelia and Aeydē to everyday brands Mango and Zara, just keep scrolling to see 24 iterations of puffy and padded shoes that make the trend look too good to pass up this summer.

Studio Amelia 3.33 Twist Front 75mm Heel ($350)

These look like clouds for your feet.

& Other Stories Padded Leather Slingback Sandals ($129)

Tackle two trends in one with this padded and sporty pair.

Mango Quilted Strap Sandals ($80)

I'd never take them off.

Bottega Veneta Quilted Leather Mules ($790)

As usual, Bottega Veneta was a trailblazer of this trend.

Charles & Keith Puffy-Strap-Sandals ($33)

A block heel just means more comfort.

Aeydē Chrissy Snake-Effect Leather Slides ($92)

A subtle take on the trend that still gets the point across.

Gia x Pernille Teisbaek Padded Leather Sandals ($365)

These from the Gia x Pernille collab are a fashion-girl favorite.

Staud Rio Leather Sandals ($68)

Upgrade your casual flip-flops.

Schutz Kind ($145)

The perfect example of simple slides that aren't boring.

Proenza Schouler Square Toe Thick Strap Sandals ($835)

Proenza Schouler actually designed several shoes around this trend, but I think this heel is my favorite iteration.

Dear Frances Tye Slide ($350)

The ones you're constantly seeing on Instagram.

Staud Frankie Ruched Slides ($325)

Ruched, but also puffy.

Ganni Hiking Sandals ($345)

Another sporty take for anyone active (or who simply likes to dress as though they are).

Topshop Vidal White Leather Padded Sandals ($51)

Of course, Topshop managed to merge the trend with multiple others.

Schutz Fairy Slide Sandals ($160)

So good that I had to include both color options.

Stradivarius Heeled Mules in Beige ($30)

These will look perfect with all your summer floral dresses.

Mango Platform Braid Sandal ($80)

I'm very into the extra height on these slides.

Madewell The Skyler Slide Sandal ($35)

Our readers love this majorly marked-down pair.

H&M Sandals ($35)

This wide heel will be much more comfortable than stilettos of a similar height.

Charles & Keith Puffy-Strap-Thong-Sandals ($26)

A pop of color never hurts.

Ganni Wraparound Recycled-Fabric Sandals ($155)

Style this with anything from minidresses to jeans.

BP. Billy Strappy Sandal ($24)

You won't get sick of this simple pair.

Neil J. Rodgers Chriselle ($375)

This is how to make a wedge feel modern.

Zara Padded Heeled Leather Sandals ($90)

It wouldn't be a trend if Zara wasn't on board.

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This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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