Katie Holmes Styles Her Little Black Dress With Trending ‘Ugly’ Sandals in NYC

Ella Chochrek

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Katie Holmes wore summer’s hottest sandal trend as she hit the streets of New York today.

The 41-year-old “The Secret” actress was spotted out and about wearing the so-called “ugly sandal” trend. She teamed her two-strap sandals — which featured a leather-like upper and silver hardware —  with a black scarf-style wrap dress. Holmes cinched the dress at the waist with a gold-accented belt. She accessorized her look with cat-eye sunglasses, layered pendant necklaces and the must-have accessory of the season: a face mask. Hers was a cloth style with a springlike floral print, which added a pop of color to Holmes’ otherwise monochromatic outfit.

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This summer may be different from most, but it has not been immune from the perennial “It” sandal — and this year, it’s the “ugly” sandal that everyone appears to be wearing. Fashionistas are swapping their towering heels for orthopedic-looking or sport-leaning sandals, with comfort brands such as Birkenstock and Teva leading the way alongside high-fashion labels such as Prada and Chanel. The comfortable shoes can be dressed up with a minidress like Holmes did, or worn with biker shorts for a look that leans into the trend’s sporty side.

When it comes to her own off-duty fashion, Holmes sometimes favors classic styles — think tall Ugg boots and all-white Common Projects sneakers — but other times likes to go with more trend-forward silhouettes. For instance, she made headlines last summer in Christian Louboutin big-toe sandals, Acne Studios mom mules and Giuseppe Zanotti high-heeled flip-flops. Known for mixing classic pieces with more trend-forward items, Holmes is a fixture at fashion week, appearing front row at runway shows for labels such as Fendi, Chloe and Christian Dior. She also is a regular at the Met Gala, mostly attending alongside her close pal, designer Zac Posen. For the red carpet and front rows, the “Dawson’s Creek” alum unsurprisingly slips into more evening-appropriate footwear, working with stylist Allison Bornstein — whose work has appeared in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Marie Claire — to put together her stylish ensembles.

Want to try out the “ugly” sandal trend for yourself? Shop the styles we’ve rounded up below to achieve a similar look to Holmes’.

Madden Girl, sandals
Madden Girl, sandals

To Buy: Madden Girl Women’s Brando Slide-On Sandal, $36 (was $40). 

Birkenstock Arizona, slides
Birkenstock Arizona, slides

To Buy: Birkenstock Arizona Big Buckle, $150.

Vince, sandals
Vince, sandals

To Buy: Vince Women’s Glyn Double-Buckle Slide Sandals, $250.

To see Katie Holmes’ best street style looks from 2004 through 2020, click through the gallery now.

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