It’s Only March But Chunky Sandals Are Still Having A Moment

Step into spring.

Jill Kortleve wearing chunky sandals at Paris Fashion Week

by Natalie Hammond |

Sandals? In March? Seriously? Yes, seriously because, while sturdy winter boots have served us faithfully for several months now, it's time to step (quite literally) into spring.

Hailey Bieber wearing chunky sandals
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Sandals might seem like a rather extreme move - bypassing wooden clogs, loafers and ballet pumps in the pursuit of slightly more breeze around the ankles - but not the kind we're thinking of. Flip-flops are height-of-summer footwear, but flat chunky sandals, the sort you can style with thick socks if you're not quite ready to go 'naked', are perfect for now.

Jill Kortleve wearing chunky sandals
Jill Kortleve ©Getty

Hailey Bieber swears by the padded leather slides from Gia Borghini, styling hers with workout leggings and a zippered dad jumper. (They'd also look great with a crisp button-down shirt, baggy jeans and a blazer.)

Rokhaya Fall wearing chunky sandals
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At the shows in September, the models spotted outside opted for thick black flatforms that meant business. Ganni's version has the kind of thick ruched straps that you're looking for, while Hereu, which makes the most brilliant fisherman's sandals, has a pair with a woven upper and supportive ankle strap. Grenson's two-strap sandals, meanwhile, are available in a sleek monochrome colour palette, plus the raised sole means that you don't have to worry too much about getting them mucky. What's not to love?


SHOP: The Best Chunky Sandals

& Other Stories, Chunky Leather Gladiator Sandals, £95
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Hereu, Beltra Woven-Leather Fisherman Sandals, £365
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Ganni, Low Flatform Ruched Sandals, £295
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Dr Martens, Blaire Leather Strap Sandals, £89
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Grenson, Flora Sandals, £195
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Mango, Criss-Cross Straps Sandals, £49.99
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Gia Borghini, Gia 3 Padded Leather Slides, £305
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