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The 10 Best Dad Sandals To Add to Your Summer Shopping List

Love them or hate them, Instagram's trendiest summer shoe is the dad sandal and there's only one rule – the uglier the better.
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All the latest fashion trends are pointing us back to places of nostalgia; the 70's, the 90's and most recently: your dad's closet. That's right, the must-have item for the summer is the dad sandal, an evolution of the dad shoe, an intergral piece in the growing 'dad dressing' starter kit (Think oversized retro t-shirts, New Balances, and cargo shorts). And much like the trend's fashionable cousins, athleisure and minimalism, this aesthetic is showing no signs of slowing down. 

While dad sandals may not be the most expected trend to emerge on your Instagram feed, it has everything we need to get on board. It's a no fuss style that embraces comfort, versatile in styling and is all around just easy to pull off. Perfectly suitable for all summer activities, athletic styles lend themselves to be worn at the beach, or on a hike while utilitarian styles work for every setting from the office, to the park to rooftop parties. Give this viral trend a try and shop some of our favorite styles below.

Dr.Martens

"Platform dad sandals" may not sound like your next practical purchase, until you feel the comfort that is in this Dr.Martens sole. We are also giving this pair bonus points as the leather straps are soft enough where they won't cut your feet from the moment you purchase them. So the 'breaking in' period is a thing of the past.

Myles Buckle Slide Sandals, $120, Dr.Martens

Birkenstock

What possible dad sandal round up could we publish without this tried-and-true OG style from Birkenstock? While the brand has been making shoes for over 200 years, - yes you read that correctly - they surely have perfected making a shoe that only gets better with time.

Arizona Leather Sandal, $300, Birkenstock

Prada

While no fashion trend is complete without an ultra-luxe take it seems, these Prada shoes provide a massive cool factor to the world of dad sandals. These are definitely a pair made for 'gramming. 

Prada Plaid Sport Knit Sandals, $590, Bergdorf Goodman

Teva

Another classic brand who are no strangers to designing dad sandals are Teva. The athletic style is soft and flexible and perfect for warm-weather outdoor activities.

Teva Original Universal Sandal, $50, Athleta

Suicoke

Suicoke's dad sandals are a favorite of fashion-lovers worldwide. Offering a deep assortment and a vast amount of color options of this style, this brand is a first-stop for anyone looking for the most stylish options of this trend. 

Suicoke Depa V-2 Sandals, $167, Matches Fashion 

Bottega Veneta

In true "New Bottega" flair, the brand has created an irresistably chic take of the dad sandal that we all want in our closets immediately. Using a series of side release buckles along the top and back straps, this all black style is perfect for dressing up this rather traditionally casual shoe.

Leather Buckle Sandals, $690, Bottega Veneta

The Row

Leave it to the minimalist-masters at The Row to turn a trendy shoe into an instant classic. These dad sandals have been upgraded with thick leather, adjustable straps, and a soft cushioned sole to assure longevity, practicality and most of all – maximum style.

The Row Hook and Loop Sandals, $990, Net-A-Porter

Marni

If you're still on the fence about embracing dad sandals, think of this Marni option as a gateway shoe. While it includes some of the main features of the trend with thick straps, thick soles and a buckle closure, the embossed croc texture and patent brown leather make it approachable for any dad sandal skeptics.

Marni Brown Croc Sandals, $459, Ssense

Ganni

These lug soled sandals by Ganni are perfect for walking and longer trekking. Use the molded soles and traction on the bottom for long days outdoors. 

Ganni Hiking Sandals, $173, Net-A-Porter

Proenza Schouler

Taking a note from their friends at Birkenstock, these Proenza Schouler sandals embrace the foundations of quality and comfort we all look for in dad sandals, while adding their signature fashionable touch. The collaboration shoe is available in four color options on Net-A-Porter.

Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock Sandal, $370, Net-A-Porter

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