Why This 'Ugly' Sandal Is One of Spring's Biggest Trends

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Just when you thought there couldn't be more throwback trends, we're here to tell you about another. 

Hiking sandals, made popular by the brand Teva in the '90s, are back as they were spotted all over the spring/summer 2019 shows including Anna Sui, Area, Nanushka and more. This shoe trend follows the return of the Birkenstock slide a few years back, proving low-key sandals will always have a place in fashion girls' hearts. 

Before you go ahead and deem it as "ugly," the comfortable, function-focused sandal has been given cool, modern makeovers that may persuade you to change your mind (i.e. pink satin fabrication, crystal fringe embellishment, flatform design). And it's surprisingly versatile! You can wear it with many pieces from denim to dresses. 

Watch the video above as ET's senior style editor Marisa Runyon investigates the quirky trend and shop our favorite picks ahead. 


Teva black universal sandal

Teva Midform Universal $60

Melissa hiking sandal

Melissa Papete + Rider $79

Ecco hiking sandal

Ecco Yucatan Sandal $135

Nanushka pink satin sandal

Nanushka Yola $362

Area crystal embellished hiking sandal
Barneys New York

Area Crystal-Fringed Nylon Sandals $535

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