After spending most of spring in slippers, comfort and practicality are big factors in our summer footwear choices. Luckily, this year’s streetstyle trend, the so-called sportif Velcro sandal, includes both (it is, essentially, the "dad sneaker" of the season). Emerging just inb time for warmer weather in every colour variation and fabrication iumaginable, even high-end design houses like Prada, Dior and Gucci have released their own version. From the very utilitarian Teva to the ultra-luxe Chanel sportif sandal, we’ve rounded up our favourites for the season. —Lyndi Barrett
Native‘s Juliet Metallic sandal ($65) has a grooved footbed that helps with traction and a dual-density sole for a soft cushion to your every step. Made from an odour-resistant material, this pretty pair can be washed by hand after an outdoor summer adventure.
The super-sporty Mala sandal by Shoe the Bear ($136) features a chunky foam sole for extra comfort—and height. The leather upper comes in a variety of colours and is ideal for running (or bouncing!) around the city in style.
Sam Edelman’s Ashie ($75 at Nordstrom) incorporates a second big summer trend—the printed scarf—to add a feminine touch to the traditionally utilitarian silhouette of the Velcro sandal. The only issue: which pretty print to pick?
Playing on the ’90s dad-shoe trend, you’ll likely see Chanel‘s cord-and-lambskin sandal with Double C logo ($1,350) all over your social media feed this season, paired with everything from pretty dresses to sweatpants and socks.
When we think of the Velcro sandals, Teva instantly comes to mind. The brand has become synonymous with making practical sandals—that are now super stylish, too. This sporty shoe ($110) is made with a luxe leather upper and flatform sole, making it a great option for summer practicality (along with making a fashion statement). Tevaonline.ca
Feed your summer wanderlust with the new Roaming Criss Cross Sandal ($100 at Journeys) from Sorel! Perfect for getting lost in the right way, these cushy slides feature full-grain leather uppers with a hook-and-loop heel strap, EVA footbed for comfort and a chunky rubber outsole for traction.