Black chunky sandals are the new season shoe hero

The Stylist fashion team has picked 10 black chunky sandals to shop now – and yes, the uber-popular dad sandals of summer ‘19 are back by popular demand. 

Once upon a time, comfort was a dirty word in fashion. Stylish footwear meant sky-high stilettos, woefully impractical wedge-soled trainers and a collection of blister pads stuffed in our handbags at all times. But like all good stories that begin with ‘once upon a time’, that was a long, long time ago.

Since then our aching feet have been saved from the clutches of foot-contorting shoes by a fairytale prince in the form of a new generation of ultra-comfortable, effortlessly stylish designs.

From the black combat boots that were made for stomping to the classic white trainers that bring the perfect touch of laidback cool to everything from slouchy pastel suiting to chic midi dresses – when it comes to curating the perfect shoe wardrobe, there are certain ultra-wearable styles that no woman should be without.

Now, as your thoughts turn to warm weather dressing, there’s one indispensable shoe occupying our sartorial day dreams: the chunky black sandal.

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The perfect pair of black sandals are a wardrobe staple; whether it’s a simple work appropriate style that you’re looking for that you can wear on your commute without the at desk footwear change, that’ll go with your tailoring or clean line dress.

Or a pair that we can wear on our off-duty weekends; for this try a chunky soled style to wear with distressed denim for a weekend look that feels very Copenhagen-cool or opt for a thin-soled, strappy style and pair with a button-through midi skirt for an understated look that feels no less elegant after dark. 

Whatever your desires we simply want a pair that will last through this summer and beyond. Styles that will work hard in our wardrobe and look super chic, well look no further than this edit of the best new in black sandals to shop right now.

  • Grenson

    Grenson Flora sandal

    By now, we all know the virtues of a chunky trainer, so why  not embrace an even chunkier sandal? This style from Grenson will definitely up the fashion anti to your jeans and T-shirt combo.

    Shop Grenson Flora sandal, £185 


  • Arket

    Arket chunky leather sandals

    Reminiscent of the fashion set’s favourite Chanel dad sandals, this pair of patent Arket slide-ons will make a wonderful addition to any summer wardrobe. Wear with everything from you marvellous midi dress or tailored trousers and classic white shirt for a work wear win.

    Shop Arket chunky leather sandals, £150


  • Carvela

    Carvela sandals

    If your style is quite paired back and classic this style is for you, these Carvela leather sandals are simple yet effective, and totally timeless, invest in these now and you’ll wear them forever.

    Shop Carvela classic sandal, £119


  • Kurt Geiger

    Kurt Geiger Orson sandals

    The dad sandal has been given a touch of glamour with these padded numbers, wear with your whimsical milk maid dress a la fashions favourite Cecilie Bahnsen.

    Shop Kurt Geiger Orson sandals, £149


  • Kaltur

    Kaltur chunky black sandals

    These platformed sandals offer the kind of indie glamour that we can picture on Alexa Chung or Sienna Miller. 

    Shop Kaltur chunky black sandals at Office, £55


  • Ganni

    Ganni recycled rubber velcro sandals

    Looking for a fashion-forward interpretation on the classic hiking sandal? Elevating this most practical of shoes, Ganni’s black sandals are taking conformable to new levels of cool.

    Shop Ganni recycled rubber velcro sandals, £175


  • Dr Martens

    Dr Martens patent leather strap sandals

    Though you might know Dr Martens better for their iconic combat boots, their heavy-duty sandals are just as worthy of your attention. This strappy style will bring more than just a touch of punk to your summer look, and will instantly add edge to even the daintiest of floral dresses. 

    Shop Dr Martens patent leather strap sandals, £89  


  • Marni

    Marni crossover strap sandals

    Looking for a pair that is as chic for evening as it is effortlessly cool for day? This slimline sole feels elegant after dark, while the ankle buckle adds the perfect touch of grown-up grunge.

    Shop Marni crossover strap sandals at Far Fetch, £460


  • Cecile Bahnsen

    Cecilie Bahnsen x Suicoke Maria touch-strap sandals

    A playful take on the clumpy, chunky sandal, this beaded design feels romantic enough to wear with embellished dresses and swishy skirts. We’ll wager you could even pair them with a pastel suit for a statement-making office-appropriate look. 

    Shop Cecilie Bahnsen x Suicoke Maria touch-strap sandals, £195


  • Teva

    Teva midform universal chunky sandals

    Planning a staycation after post lock down? Save space for vintage finds and only pack one pair of shoes – these chic crossover sandals. Wear them with a playful printed midi dress for an outfit that will work all weekend long. 

    Shop Teva midform universal chunky sandals, £55


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