This is a post I never thought that I would be writing. I’m not an especially active person by nature — I don’t care much for hiking, camping, etc. so the footwear that is usually associated with those activities (hiking shoes and Teva-style sandals) just isn’t at the top of my shopping list. While I am certain that both styles are extremely functional for an active lifestyle, I have always found them to be visually offensive (sorry if this is your aesthetic… they just kill me a little on the inside every time I see them). I have often wondered why someone didn’t make “prettier” versions, and it seems that in recent years some designers have answered my request!
I was just looking something neutral and that would look mildly stylish if I chose to wear them to brunch after a workout class or something, you know? I think the key to making them look chic is keeping the straps somewhat slim, keeping the colors mostly neutral, and not using a hella chunky sole.
It’s been a shoe-centric week over here on the blog as I shared a review of my new d’Orsay sneakers a few days ago… I guess I have new footwear on the brain. Without further ado, let’s get to the shopping!
These styles would be ideal for activities as they are made with more traditional sport sandal materials.
This white Madewell pair is so cute and I really like them, but I feel like I would get them dirty immediately.
Another light colored option, this cream Able pair is very pretty.
I adore the caramel color of these Chacos and think they’d easy to pair with a variety of outfits.
More caramel tones on this pair from Everlane.
Now, I know I mentioned Tevas at the beginning of this post because I was only familiar with their designs that don’t really fit my aesthetic (such as dark colored tribal designs), but I really like this style and this style.
These are more geared toward street style than activity as they are made with materials like leather and raffia.
The caramel leather and thin straps of this pair of Sanuks makes them a great option for consideration!
I am a huge fan of the Loeffler Randall brand and if anyone could design a stylish sport sandal, it would be them. I love the raffia material and the bow on the top strap. The tan gingham version is very cute too!
Another raffia option in a more traditional style by Arizona Love.
This tan suede option with a raffia platform sole by Manebi is an excellent neutral option.
Obsessed with this pair by Alexandre Birman — the leather and ties on the straps are so chic!
These sandals have a chunkier sole than I’d like, but I am willing to overlook that aspect because Roxy‘s multi-colored design is so fun!
If you’ve been here for a little while, you know that I love a floral print and this one by Arizona Love is so adorable. There’s also a navy gingham style by the same brand that would be the perfect preppy summer shoe!
Another precious floral print in a collaboration by LoveShackFancy x Manebí
Another pair of Tevas, but this time in a pastel block style.
As far as styling goes, I find that these sport sandals are interchangeable with the ultra casual outfits that people wear Birkenstocks with, especially the all-rubber style (such as Freedom Moses). A breezy warm weather sandal that will stay on your feet (no flip-flop flinging here!). I would personally be inclined to pair a sport sandal with breezy dresses of all lengths, jumpsuits, and shorts for daily streetwear and then obviously they could be paired with any outfit geared toward a more athletic activity such as a workout class or a hike.
I hope you found an option that works well with your wardrobe!
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