What’s better than a trendy shoe? A trendy shoe that is also practical. And in the summer months—which are wrought with flat footbeds, open toes, and impractical straps—we’re especially here for it. For those looking for a summer sandal that will be both in-style and comfortable, you’re in luck. Fisherman sandals are an it shoe for summer 2022 and just so happen to be one of the most comfortable shoes we’ve ever put on our feet, too.
What are fisherman sandals?
If you’re wondering what exactly a fisherman sandal is, think of it as the modern gladiator. While styles vary in color, material, detailing, and heel height, the basic construction includes an enclosed toe and a woven lattice of straps. Another identifier includes a small buckle by the ankle. While this warm-weather footwear trend first started gaining popularity last summer, it appears to have made a triumphant return and is once again taking center stage—erm, closet?—this season.
How to style them
While the shoe definitely gives off serious sea-town vibes (coastal grandma aesthetic, anyone?), you can feel confident pairing them with a wide range of outfits. They’re as versatile as they are ridiculously practical and we love how the low-maintenance, chic style pulls together just about any warm-weather look. We might even go as far as to call it a summer staple.
Here are a few ways we’re styling them this summer:
As a part of a French-girl ensemble
Fisherman sandals embody the effortless French vibe we’re always trying to emulate ourselves, so it makes sense that they’d look amazing paired with a straw tote and feminine, lacy dress (which provides a juxtaposition that we’re obsessed with).
With a breezy maxi
If you’re a minimalist at heart, throw on an easy, breezy maxi and your fisherman sandals and you’ve got yourself a look. Bonus: This look can also take you through the transitional days of fall.
With a matching set and a blazer
Want to make your fisherman sandals office-friendly? Pair them with a matching set and throw a blazer over top to complete the look. It dresses them up enough that they’ll warrant compliments from your coworkers and boss alike.
Our favorite fisherman sandals