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16 chunky dad sandals we love for the summer: From M&S to ASOS & of course Birkenstocks

Catwalk-ready dad sandals right this way… 

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Leanne Bayley
Leanne BayleyDirector of Lifestyle & Commerce
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If you've been crushing on the Chanel dad sandals but can't quite justify the £1000 price tag, we've shopped the high-street for all the best chunky-soled sandals that look like they've come straight from the catwalk but without the splurge.

Dad sandals emerged back in 2015, and they may not have taken off at first but since then they've gained popularity - no doubt because they're hella comfy - and peaked when Chanel launched the cult famous sandals in 2018.

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In fact, chunky summer sandals became so popular that according to the Lyst report, Birkenstock’s Arizona sandals were the world's number one hottest shoe for women last year - and this year the trend will be back and as big as ever. Searches for the sandals spiked 225% and they sold out across many retailers. If you've yet to join the chunky shoe club, scroll down to find your favourites...

Shop the best Chanel-style dad sandals for summer 2023

  • Kurt Geiger Chanel dad sandal dupe

    Kurt Geiger Quilted Dad Sandals In Black

    Move over Chanel! These £169 sandals are selling out extremely fast. 

  • Dune Chanel dupe dad sandals

    Dune Lockstockk Dad Sandals in Neutral

    Featuring instantly recognisable turn lock straps and a chunky ergonomic sole, if you haven't tried them already these really should be your next wardrobe investment.

  • Russell & Bromley dad sandals

    Russell & Bromley Trax Cleated Sole Sandal In Black

    Trax's black drench nappa leather takes the sports-inspired chunky sandal trend and adds a luxuriously elegant touch.

  • h&m pink check sandals

    H&M Dad Sandals In Pink Check

    How cute are these dad sandals from H&M. Would look great teamed with jeans and a pink jacket, or a cute summer dress.

  • stradivarius dad sandals

    Stradivarius Chunky Sandals In Black

    Ready, set, summer! These chunky sandals WILL sell out - just you watch. 

Shop the best Birkenstock-style chunky sandals for summer 2023

  • Birkenstock Arizona

    Birkenstock Arizona High Shine Big Buckle Sandal In Black

    The Arizona Birkenstocks are cult-famous and are bestsellers every year. 

  • Isabel Marant dad sandals

    Isabel Marant Lennyo Studded Dad Sandals

    Isabel Marant's 'Lennyo' slides are cult favourites. This version is made from soft leather in classic black, so they'll go with so many different outfits.

  • Jigsaw Pandora sandal

    Jigsaw Pandora Footbed Sandal In Black

    Update your footwear collection with the Pandora Footbed Sandal featuring bespoke moulded metal buckles, adjustable straps and cushioned footbed. They also come in brown. 

  • Marks & Spencer style birkenstock sandals in white

    M&S Leather Two Strap Sandals In White

    Versatile and stylish, these flatform sandals feature two front buckles. Designed to give all-day comfort, and M&S's Insolia Flex supports your feet for unbeatable comfort.

  • New Look birkenstock dupes

    New Look Black Sliders In Black

    These leather look sliders are a summer staple.

  • Pink river island sandals

    River Island Embellished Buckle Slides In Pink

    If you love pink and you love bling and, more importantly, you love comfort - these slides are for you. 

Shop the best gladiator style chunky sandals for summer 2023

  • Hush gladiator sandals

    Hush Gladiator Chunky Sandals In Black

    Set on a chunky flatform sole – shaped into a wave to fit the contours of the foot perfectly – this pair is made from super-soft leather and fastens securely around the ankle with a stylish metal buckle.

  • Air & Grace gladiator sandal

    Air & Grace Gladiator Sandals In Black

    With a cushioned insole, these gladiator sandals will be like walking on a cloud. 

  • Office gladiator sandals

    Office Sancha Gladiator Chunky Sandals In Tan

    These iconic gladiator sandals are wearable and stylish. Fitted with a comfortable footbed to follow you on all your adventures.

  • Warehouse gladiator sandal

    Warehouse Gladiator Sandals In Cream

    Originally priced at £95, these are a real bargain to be had. And they look comfortable, too! 

Shop the best hiker style chunky sandals for summer 2023

  • Palmaira Hello Gorgeous Hiker

    Palmaira Chunky Hiker Sandals

    Palmaira's chunky flatform sandals were made for lounging but also comfort - the ergonomic sole offers extra sole support with a bounce in your step.

  • H&M Chunky Flatform Sandals

    H&M Chunky Hiker Sandals

    Chunky and bright, H&M's flatforms are an affordable version to take on holiday or the beach. 

  • FatFace Chunky HIking Sandals

    FatFace Chunky Hiker Sandals

    Featuring a flat platform sole, adjustable ankle straps and cool, boho design, FatFace's hiker sandals are an easy pair to slip into your wardrobe and add a touch; look great with jeans and a cami.


  • Levi's chunky sandals

    Levi's Chunky Hiker Sandals

    Minimalist types will reach for Levi's black chunky flatforms, with their clean lines and pared back detailing.

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