You may have missed out on Manolo Blahnik’s glamourous bejewelled Birkenstock collaboration last week (FYI it was a sell-out), but double-buckle sandals are a comfortable wardrobe mainstay – love them or loathe them.

Once an ugly shoe trend deemed only for Dad’s and their socks, Birkenstocks are now loved by celebrities and top models alike and designer brands have been delivering their own fashion-forward renditions as of late.

Chunky sandals are continuing to thrive with the fashion crowd and two-strap styles have been brought into the spotlight with the german shoe brand’s high profile collabs from Proenza Schouler to Manolo Blahnik.

Still need convincing? We’ve found 16 pairs even the cynics will fall in love with, from classic Birkenstocks to designer variations, just in time for that April heatwave. Pedicures at the ready.

Look to Marianne Smyth for inspiration on how to wear Birkenstocks, her chic and simple outfits the perfect pairing for chunky sandals. Take note and style with denim and a loose tee for an easy off-duty look.


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If you asked me two years ago if I would be sporting the dad sandal trend, just like crocs, my answer would have been no. Fast forward to 2022 and I couldn't wait to get my Isabel Marant sandals out at the first glimpse of spring, even if my toes were pretty chilly. The suede finish and studded embellishment make them feel more fashion-forward rather than frumpy.

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