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How to Wear the Sport Sandal Trend


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Breaking news: “ugly” shoes are in, and it’s a tough trend to love. On one hand, the chunky straps, the possibility of Velcro, and big buckles seem to be as unflattering as it gets. However, we can’t help but love the comfort and nostalgia of good ‘ol Birkenstocks. Plus, designers have redesigned this trend to be more sporty, with foam soles and bright colors, which makes for some extra stylish options.

The question at hand is: how does this fit into the average college girl’s wardrobe? While the street style elite are busy rocking sport sandals with a matching crop top and skirt set and purple hair, us college girls have to find a way to incorporate it into our own fashion personalities.

Below, we’ll break down our best tips and tricks for rocking the sport sandal trend, as well as some cute ways to wear these shoes this summer.

4 Tips & Tricks for Wearing Sport Sandals

  • The sport sandal is innately casual. This doesn’t mean you can’t emulate those fabulous street style shots you’ve seen with a fitted blazer and high-waisted skirt, but it’s going to be much trickier for everyday life. For the typical college girl’s wardrobe, it’s easier to keep this look dressed-down.
  • Sandals + socks? Do this don’t: You’ve probably seen runway shots of models wearing their “ugly” sandals with socks. This has been a taboo for as long as we can remember, but if you wear thin, colorful socks, it can look cute. If you want to try out this daring look, just make sure the rest of your outfit is simple.
  • Be mindful of silhouettes. The key to working sporty sandals is knowing that you won’t have the added height of wedges or high heels. So, don’t go with long, flared jeans and a baggy tee. Show off your shape and refuse to hide behind your clothes!
  • Keep your toenails polished and your feet clean. Just because you’re wearing “ugly” shoes doesn’t mean your feet can get away with looking unkempt.

Outfit Ideas

Interested in testing out this trend, but have no idea how to wear ‘em? Here are two college girl-approved ways to wear sport sandals this season.

Look 1

Product Information: Top – Dorothy Perkins, Vest – Aeropostale, Jeans – Hollister, Shoes – Forever 21, Bag – PacSun, Bracelets – Daily Look

Boyfriend jeans and Birkenstocks go together like peanut butter and jelly. To keep this style from looking too masculine, pair it with a floral print top. For extra shape, rock a utilitarian vest. Keep the jewelry simple with these patterned bangles, then grab a lacy white backpack to complete the look.

Look 2

Product Information: Dress – Dorothy Perkins, Shoes – Topshop, Bag – Mango, Hat – ASOS, Bracelet – Boohoo

If you’re interested in dolling up your sporty sandals, a French-inspired stripe dress would be perfect. Pair with chic and summery accessories, like this gorgeous bag and wide-brim hat. After seeing you in this outfit, nobody will call them “ugly” sandals anymore!

What do you think of sporty sandals?

How would you wear them? Would you wear these looks? Do you think this trend is around to stay? Leave a comment below and let us know! 

Posted on on July 2, 2014 / Filed Under: Trends / Tags: , , , , ,

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6 Responses to “How to Wear the Sport Sandal Trend”

  1. 1
    July 2nd, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I go to Portland State University here in Oregon, and thus I see Birkenstocks everywhere on campus-along with other somewhat controversial pieces like harem pants, serious grandpa-style sweaters, and some pretty “cropped” tops! It’s hippie city here, and so this post makes me oh so happy. I love all of the outfits you put together! Also- birks look awesome with cigarette pants or high waisted shorts!

  2. 2
    July 2nd, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Marking off the days on my calendar until this trend dies. Both outfits (minus those horrible horrible shoes) are lovely though!

  3. 3
    July 3rd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Birkenstocks have never been ugly to me, and I’m not sure why they are considered so by collegefashion. They in fact provide much more support &comfort for feet than any “fashionable” flat-footed sandal, and are also more secure for running, going on leisure hikes, and trekking through light drizzle (try walking outside after summer rain in a pair of flipflops or tiny sandals). They can easily be worn with any outfit…. although I wouldn’t recommend socks. If you think they are ugly, don’t bother ever vacationing to Vermont, Colorrado, Maine, Oregon, etc. any time soon, you might be offended!

  4. 4
    July 3rd, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I love the sporty trend this season! It’s totally up my alley because it’s clean, casual and comfortable. I love those second pair of white sandals. I especially love white sandals when they have a platform. I think white is nice because it’s a fresh look compared to black and brown sandals. Not a huge Birkenstocks type of gal, but they look nice on people, especially white ones!

  5. 5
    July 3rd, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I’ve never found these kinds of sandals to be in the least attractive. If you think they’re cute or attractive, fine, everyone has different tastes and I don’t want to bash on your opinion, but personally I find them ugly and clunky.

  6. 6
    July 7th, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I have two pairs of Teva sandals, but the slightly more stylish city line. I wear them with my flared jeans in summer, but with a slightly more fitted shirt. I never wear a baggy top with baggy trousers, not my style. Boho looks and minimalist looks work well with sporty sandals imho

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