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7 chunky dad sandals we love for summer if you want the Chanel vibe

Chanel made dad sandals cool, and then the high-street made them affordable... 


Chanel dad sandals© Getty Images
Leanne Bayley
Director of Lifestyle & Commerce
Updated: July 11, 2024
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The 'Dad sandal' shoe trend is back for 2024, and quite frankly, I don't think it'll ever go away. Every high street brand you can think of does their own chunky dad sandal version, from quilted styles to sleeker designs and neutrals, metallics and colourful ones too.

The Chanel dad sandal kicked the trend off, but with their hefty price tag of upwards of £1k, they're not exactly accessible for everyone. Plus they're hard to come buy, but luckily the high street's chunky dad sandals are, without question, just as cool.

Alexa Chung wore her Chanel dad sandals with a relaxed suit - copying this look! © Getty Images
Alexa Chung wore her Chanel dad sandals with a relaxed suit - copying this look!

Thankfully, the high-street is full of chunky-soled sandals that look like they've come straight from the catwalk but without the splurge. I won't say these are Chanel dupes, because if you want designer footwear that's your decision - you do you! Go get your Chanel sandals! But I will say that a lot of these are influenced by the design; you've got chunky soles, quilted material, maybe even a touch of gold hardware. 

It Ends With Us star Blake Lively pounding the streets in her Chanel dad sandals in New York with her husband Ryan Reynolds© MEGA
It Ends With Us star Blake Lively pounding the streets in her Chanel dad sandals in New York with her husband Ryan Reynolds

Women's 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. 

Fashionista Rosie Hungtinton-Whiteley proving the dad sandal is going nowhere fast© Instagram
Fashionista Rosie Hungtinton-Whiteley proving the dad sandal is going nowhere fast

In fact, chunky summer sandals became so popular that according to the infamous 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...

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How we chose the best dad sandals 

This is an easy one! We wanted this edit to have 'Chanel dupe' vibes - ideal for those who are on a budget. And we also wanted to highlight other designer dad sandals;  Gucci, Dior and Tory Burch. You're in for a treat. 

Best dad sandals to shop for summer

Tory Burch Chunky Kira Dad Sandal

Tory Burch Chunky Kira Dad Sandal© Tory Burch

Editor's Note

These have been described as the perfect "day-to-evening" shoe and I have to agree. The signature logo gives these shoes a little sprinkling of magic, and what's more, they were crafted in partnership with a Leather Working Group-certified tannery, supporting high standards in leather manufacturing and chemical management.

Dioract Sandal

Dior chunky dad sandal in pink© Dior

Editor's Note

Oh Dior, what have you done? This lambskin Dioract sandal, with the gold logo, is making me swoon. The pink feels modern and the sandal can be styled so easily for the summer months.

ASOS DESIGN Forecast sporty dad sandals in black

ASOS DESIGN Forecast sporty dad sandals in black© ASOS

Editor's Note

If you need some extra height, how perfect are these?! Chunky sandals like this look great with feminine mini dresses, because as we all know, opposites attract. 

Boohoo Chunky Dad Sandal

Boohoo chunky dad sandal© Boohoo

Editor's Note

Oh ok Boohoo, you've smashed it out of the park with this brief for cool sporty dad sandals. I can't get over the price! 

The model is wearing the sandals with white jeans, and that's how I like to style mine - I tend to wear cropped white jeans, a black and white striped tee and a black blazer. Add gold jewellery and you're good to go! 

Very Chunky Quilted Sandal

Very Chunky Quilted Sandal

Editor's Note

Sizes are already running out with these so don't delay if you're smitten with this pair of chunky soled dad sandals. Chic! 

Kurt Geiger Orson Sandal

Kurt Geiger dad sandals© Kurt Geiger

Editor's Note

Kurt Geiger is a great destination to shop for your summer sandals. If you love the Orson style, they're available in other colours as well. They feature s a bone soft upper with weave quilting pattern. 

Gucci Double G Denim Chunky Sandals

Gucci chunky dad sandals© Gucci

Editor's Note

Beautifully made, Gucci's 'Double G' sandals are destined to be a best-seller. The chunky denim straps are easy to adjust and are embellished with signature 'GG' hardware for an understated finishing touch.

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