The Best Chunky Sandals Prove Minimalism Is Out

Another footwear trend embracing maximalism in 2024.

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With spring in full swing and summer not too far behind, you’ll see a slew of popular spring shoe styles making their annual debut. Ballet flats, espadrille wedges, and flip-flops will soon be on every street corner, alongside a few new sandal trends, including chunky sandals—the beloved platform that ruled the ‘90s and early aughts.

“We've seen open-toed footwear with larger soles reach new levels of popularity on and off the runways,” says fashion stylist Catherine Bibeau. A quick glance at the Spring 2024 catwalks reveals several designers experimenting with new platform designs that elevate the season's footwear selections (quite literally). Loewe's chunky-soled sandals include a polished twisted leather strap, Collina Strada's embrace intricate lacing details, and Jason Wu played into refined prints, like snakeskin.

Wardrobe stylist Laura Tully notes that the resurgence of bold, chunky sandals speaks to the fashion industry’s current love affair with maximal accessories. “Fashion is leaning less on minimal with a style reboot that includes more [of everything],” Tully tells Marie Claire. Adding that “chunky sandals definitely bring that [desire for maximalism] to the table.”

The sandal style is also a great shoe choice for its inherent comfortability, given its padded or cushy sole. Ahead, Marie Claire curated an exclusive edit of the 11 best chunky sandals that will give you a boost.

The Best Chunky Sole Sandals for Women

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Key Features of the Best Chunky Sole Sandals

  • Quality

We can't stress this enough: The quality of your shoes is a key factor in how long they'll last. Buy a pair of poorly made chunky sandals, and you'll likely only be able to wear them through one season. "Rubber soles are great for walking since they're flexible, shock-absorbent, and offer grip on slippery surfaces," explains Bibeau.

  • Silhouette

In the world of chunky sandals, endless silhouettes exist (as you can tell by our curated market selection above). Styles include flip-flops, platform slides, fisherman shoes, and more. That said, selecting a style really boils down to personal preference. If you're not sure which one to go with, try one of Tully's favorites. "A chunky flat with crossover straps or a platform slide can be worn with anything, and that’s my jam," she notes.

  • Comfort

"The great thing about chunky sole sandals is that they’re super comfortable despite the height—that’s why they’re perfect for running errands or even wearing out in the evening," says Bibeau.

Bibeau also notes that chunky sandals are often more practical than thin soles and provide extra cushioning for your feet—especially if you need additional arch support.

How to Style Chunky Sole Sandals

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Unexpected pairings like slip dresses and chunky sole sandals are undeniably playful.

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"I'm already dreaming of late-night summer strolls after dinner while I wear a cool contrast between a breezy slip dress and chunky leather slides," says Tully. She also mentions that mixing unexpected pairings is a great style hack that will encourage you to have fun with your look.

woman wearing a button-down, pants, and chunky sole sandals

Say hello to your new breezy and easy outfit formula for spring and summer.

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Looking for an airy outfit for spring? Pair a button-down top with trousers and slip on chunky sandals to really bring your look to life. You can opt for patterns or go monochromatic.

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Go bold with bulky accessories, like a large slouchy bag and a pair of chunky sole sandals.

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If you wear a laid-back outfit, don't be afraid to amp up your look with bulkier, statement-making accessories. A slouchy woven bag and a pair of chunky sandals present an easy way to do just that.

Catherine Bibeau
Catherine Bibeau

Catherine Bibeau is a renowned fashion stylist with over a decade of experience in the industry. She is widely respected in the fashion industry for her outstanding work in fashion design, styling, branding and fashion marketing and sales. She has experience working at Buffalo Jeans, Ferragamo, and various other consumer luxury brands.

Laura Tully
Laura Tully

Laura Tully is a wardrobe stylist who specializes in creating wardrobes that are versatile, polished, modern, and fun. She teaches her clients that real style embodies self-love wrapped in confidence—delivered in a fabulous outfit.

Lauren Tappan
Fashion Editor

Lauren K. Tappan is the Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, where she writes engaging stories ranging from shopping pieces to trend reports. Prior to Marie Claire, Lauren covered fashion and beauty for Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE as a freelance editor, with a specific focus on e-commerce. She also held editorial roles at Town & CountryInto The Gloss, and Philadelphia Style Magazine. Lauren earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, with a minor in Journalism, from the University of Pennsylvania. Follow her along at @laurenktappan.