Chunky Sandals Are The New Lug-Sole Shoe Of The Season

Emily Ruane
·2 min read

It’s no secret that the minimal flat soles of yester-season have given way to shoes that boast some serious chonk. Last fall, we watched readers up gobble up sky-high stacked boots; spring brought us a crop of loveable lug-soled loafers. Now that summer is just around the corner, we’re looking for barely-there footwear — but, we still want the height and heft of the rugged clomp-ish footwear that we’ve grown accustomed to. Enter: the chunky sandal.

Make no mistake, we’re still talking sandals in all of their foot-baring glory but with a bottom half that looks like it could hit the hiking trail without missing a beat. Whether you want something you can simply slide on to your foot or a strappy, buckled affair, the internet is simply crawling — or should we say stomping? — with boosted, shock-absorbing soles that have assumed sandal form. Ahead, find the pair that will elevate your summer style.

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<h2>Prada Monolith Lug Sole Sandal<br></h2><br><em>Shop sandals at <strong><a href="https://www.nordstrom.com/browse/women/shoes/sandals" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Prada</strong> Woven Slingback Platform Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fprada-monolith-lug-sole-sandal-women%2F5789557" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>

Prada Monolith Lug Sole Sandal


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Prada Woven Slingback Platform Sandal, $, available at Nordstrom
<h2>Ecco Chunky Sport Sandal<br></h2><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://us.ecco.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ecco" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ecco</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Ecco</strong> Chunky Sport Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3eFzJn9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Ecco Chunky Sport Sandal


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Ecco Chunky Sport Sandal, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Bershka Jelly Slide Sandal<br></h2><br><em>Shop sandals at <strong><a href="https://www.asos.com/us/women/shoes/sandals/cat/?cid=6458" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Bershka</strong> Jelly Slide Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fbershka%2Fbershka-jelly-sandal-in-black%2Fprd%2F23460478%3Fcolourwayid%3D60484927%26cid%3D6458" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>

Bershka Jelly Slide Sandal


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Bershka Jelly Slide Sandal, $, available at ASOS
<h2>Zou Xou Pileta Sport Sandals<br></h2><br><em>Shop Zou Xou</em> <em>on <strong><a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZOUXOUSHOES" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Zou Xou</strong> Pileta Sport Slide, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F988823302%2Fpileta-sport-slide-in-marfil" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Zou Xou Pileta Sport Sandals


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Zou Xou Pileta Sport Slide, $, available at Etsy
<h2>Cole Haan Criss-Cross Sandals<br></h2><br><em>Shop <strong><a href="https://www.colehaan.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cole Haan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cole Haan</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Cole Haan</strong> ZERØGRAND Criss Cross Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.colehaan.com%2Fzerogrand-criss-cross-sandal-black-leather%2FW09127.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cole Haan" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cole Haan</a>

Cole Haan Criss-Cross Sandals


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Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Criss Cross Sandal, $, available at Cole Haan
<h2>Free People Brooks Sandals<br></h2><br><em>Shop sandals at <strong><a href="https://www.freepeople.com/sandals/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free People</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Free People</strong> Brooks Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.freepeople.com%2Fshop%2Fbrooks-sandals%2F%3Fcolor%3D040%26type%3DREGULAR%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free People</a>

Free People Brooks Sandals


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Free People Brooks Sandals, $, available at Free People
<h2>Harper Shoes Platform Comfort Sandals</h2><br><em>Shop sandals on <strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Sandals-Womens/b/ref=sv_sl_fl_679425011?ie=UTF8&node=679425011" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Harper Shoes</strong> Platform Comfort Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2RaFHnM" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Harper Shoes Platform Comfort Sandals


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Harper Shoes Platform Comfort Sandals, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Merrell Alpine Sandals<br></h2><br><em>Shop sandals at <strong><a href="https://www.dsw.com/en/us/category/womens-sandals/N-1z141jrZ1z128ugZ1z141ju" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:DSW" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">DSW</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Merrell</strong> Alpine Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dsw.com%2Fen%2Fus%2Fproduct%2Fmerrell-alpine-sandal%2F500288" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:DSW" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">DSW</a>

Merrell Alpine Sandals


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Merrell Alpine Sandal, $, available at DSW
<h2>Marni Purple Wooden Sole Wedge Sandals<br></h2><br><br><em>Shop sandals at <strong><a href="https://www.ssense.com/en-us/women/sandals" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:SSENSE" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">SSENSE</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Marni</strong> Purple Wooden Sole Wedge Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ssense.com%2Fen-us%2Fwomen%2Fproduct%2Fmarni%2Fpurple-wooden-sole-wedge-sandals%2F6767721" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:SSENSE" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">SSENSE</a>

Marni Purple Wooden Sole Wedge Sandals



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Marni Purple Wooden Sole Wedge Sandals, $, available at SSENSE
<h2>Sorel Kinetic Sandals<br></h2><br><em>Shop sandals at <strong><a href="https://www.anthropologie.com/shoes-sandals?style=Sport" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>SOREL</strong> Sorel Kinetic Sandals, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fsorel-kinetic-sandals%3Fcolor%3D072%26type%3DSTANDARD%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>

Sorel Kinetic Sandals


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SOREL Sorel Kinetic Sandals, $, available at Anthropologie
<h2>Urban Outfitters Roxy Slide Sandals</h2><br><em>Shop sandals at <strong><a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/womens-sandals" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Urban Outfitters</strong> Roxy Chunky Slide Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Fuo-roxy-chunky-slide-sandal%3Fcolor%3D001%26type%3DREGULAR%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>

Urban Outfitters Roxy Slide Sandals


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Urban Outfitters Roxy Chunky Slide Sandal, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<h2>Hunter Original Lightweight Slide Sandal<br></h2><br><em>Shop sandals at <strong><a href="https://www.hunterboots.com/us/en_us/womens-footwear-sandals" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hunter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hunter</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Hunter</strong> Original Lightweight Slide Sandal, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dsw.com%2Fen%2Fus%2Fproduct%2Fhunter-original-lightweight-slide-sandal---womens%2F505679%3FactiveColor%3D725" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:DSW" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">DSW</a>

Hunter Original Lightweight Slide Sandal


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Hunter Original Lightweight Slide Sandal, $, available at DSW
<h2>Dr. Martens Voss Sandals</h2><br><em>Shop sandals at <strong><a href="https://www.zappos.com/sandals" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zappos" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zappos</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Dr. Martens</strong> Dr. Martens Voss, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zappos.com%2Fp%2Fdr-martens-voss-yellow%2Fproduct%2F8983135%2Fcolor%2F764" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zappos" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zappos</a>

Dr. Martens Voss Sandals


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Dr. Martens Dr. Martens Voss, $, available at Zappos
<h2>Labucq Boomer Fisherman Sandal</h2><br><em>Shop sandals at <strong><a href="https://www.verishop.com/c/womens-sandals" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verishop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verishop</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Labucq</strong> Boomer Cream, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.verishop.com%2Flabucq%2Fmarketplace%2Fboomer-cream%2Fp6230719267010" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verishop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verishop</a>

Labucq Boomer Fisherman Sandal


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Labucq Boomer Cream, $, available at Verishop

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