Functional fashion is on the rise in summer footwear

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Women’s shoe trends are constantly in flux, but so far 2016 seems to be the year of practicality. The basic flip-flop has been the go-to easy summer option for too long, and it’s about to be replaced. Flip-flops are certainly convenient, but their functionality is limited. Save your flip-flops for the beach, because this summer is all about sandals that actually work for you.

This summer’s trends might come as a surprise because they go against one of the basic tenets of fashion: that it’s meant to be attractive. Many of the styles popular now favor comfort and functional fashion over beauty, which has given rise to a new kind of trend: ugly-pretty. The concept of ugly-pretty allows people to fill their wardrobes with pieces that are interesting rather than just attractive.

Birkenstock is one of the biggest names in functional fashion. These German-made sandals that were popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s andare making a huge comeback. Birkenstocks definitely fall under the category of ugly-pretty because of their chunky design and emphasis on orthopedic function. Nevertheless, they can be seen across many college campuses. They’re easy to slip on and more secure than something like a flip flop. In addition, their simple design and strong construction means that these sandals are versatile and durable. The fact that they’re actually good for your feet doesn’t hurt either! If you don’t mind sacrificing beauty for functionality, Birkenstocks could be a staple of your wardrobe for years to come.

Women's Birkenstocks

Also in the ugly-pretty category of functional fashion are the ultra-popular Chacos. These are a newer brand than Birkenstocks, but they seem to appeal to a similar (though somewhat more adventurous) demographic. Chacos are favored by college students who spend lots of time walking to and from class. They are durable and comfortable with the kind of support and security that flip-flops can’t offer. You can wear them anywhere, from downtown to your next camping destination. The most popular Chaco styles have a similar z-strap construction, but they come in variety of colors and patterns that can add interest to any outfit.

Women's Chacos


Functional fashion is on the rise in summer footwear

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