File this one under: things we never thought would make a comeback. This season‘s chunky, sporty sandals take me back to sleep-away camp circa ’99. And when paired with the tie-dye and scrunchies we can’t get enough of right now, it would seem that the only difference between my current and 12-year-old self is a mouth full of braces.

The world of fashion has done it again my friends, and just like that, “norm core” sandals are in.

To most, these strappy sandals are objectively ugly, but do we love them just the same? Yup. Next stop, the side bangs and boho bags of 2005, but until then, we’re quite content reliving the 90’s. Below, 13 pairs of utilitarian sandals that are topping our wishlist.

Maisie Sporty Sandal from Loeffler Randall

Arizona Chunky Birkenstock Sandals from Free People

Disruptor Sandals from Fila

Teva Midform Universal Leather Sandals

Chaco Z/1 Chromatic Sandal

Game on Rider Sandals from Puma

Merrell Kahuna Web Sandal from Urban Outfitters

Chunky Sandals from Stella McCartney

Arizona Love Trekky Bandana Knotted Sandals from Intermix

Multicolored Flat Slide Sandals from Zara

Sporty Flat Sandals from Zara

Maisie Sporty Sandal from Loeffler Randall


Cloudbust Rubber-Trimmed Canvas Platform Sandals from Prada

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