Tourists love them. Dads think they’re really cool. Toddlers…kind of have to wear them. What else could we be referring to other than those almighty velcro sandals? There’s no denying that they’re super comfy, airy, and a whole lot more sturdy than flip-flops. In other words, they’re absolutely perfect for Bangkok life. And the good news is (or the bad — depending on what you think of this controversial footwear), these spectacularly “ugly” dad sandals are proving to be the number one coolest, most fashionable thing you can have on your feet this summer. What a time to be alive. 

Arguably, us Thais have been way ahead of the game, since most of us have been wearing these for years (admit it, you love them). But in all seriousness, having being worn by everyone from our grandparents to traditional elephant carers, these velcro sandals are unavoidably rooted in our heritage. So we’re overjoyed to see the rest of the world appreciating how great these shoes really are. Designer brands from Marni to Gucci have taken in what was possibly the very icon of “ugly shoes”, and made it fashion. Here are our top picks for the beloved velcro sandals that have just landed in stores for summer 2019.

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Miu Miu.  

Gucci

If Gucci are letting these velcro sandals into their Gang, then who are we to argue? From a selection of various bejewelled, padded sandals, we loved this Midas-touched pair for its very “Gucci” extravagance.

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Gucci metallic leather sandal with crystals.

Available at online and in stores. Locations: M/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). M/F ICONSIAM, Charoen Nakhon Road, Bangkok 10600 (10am-10pm). G/F Central Embassy, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-9pm). G/F Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-8pm).

Marni

In a wide range of materials from velvet to calf-leather, we picked out one that’s a bit more Bangkok-humidity-friendly. This one’s made with a techno-fabric for that sporty look and feel.

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Marni red wedge sandals in techno fabric.

Available online and in stores. Locations: 1/F Central Chidlom, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). 

Camper

A more traditional take on the dad shoe: functional, minimal, comfortable. Yet it’s still cool without trying too hard.

Available in stores: 2/F Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-8pm). 1/F Central World, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). 1/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm).

Giuseppe Zanotti

The master of glamorous high heels have succumbed to the dad trend. Taking their iconic Urchin soles, these are truly an all-in-one dad shoe with the clip belt clasp, heavy-duty fabric straps, and zip motif.

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Giuseppe Zanotti Urchin platform sandals .

Available online and in stores. Location: 1/F Central Embassy, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-9pm).

Chanel

Who said velcro sandals can’t be chic? Just put it in tweed and stick the oh-so-familiar double C logo on in sterling silver and you’re good to go.

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Chanel tweed and lambskin sandals.

Available online and in stores. Location: M/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-10pm). M/F ICONSIAM, Charoen Nakhon Road, Bangkok 10600 (10am-10pm). G/F Central Embassy, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok, 10330 (10am-9pm). G/F Emporium, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-8pm).

Maje

Probably not the most dad-approved “dad” sandal out there, but Maje’s strapped platforms prove that this is a highly versatile shoe trend.

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Maje wood heel sandals with studs.

Available online and in stores. Locations: 2/F Central Embassy, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-9pm). 2/F Central Chidlom, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok (10am-10pm). 2/F Zen Central World, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). 

Kenzo

For the minimalists, you can’t go wrong with the pared-down white canvas version from Kenzo. A great choice for those who just want to dip their toes into this strange shoe trend.

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Kenzo K-lastic sandals.

Available online and in stores. Locations: 1/F Central Chidlom, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). 2/F Central Embassy, Ploen Chit Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-9pm). 2/F Zen Central World, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm).

Miu Miu

A perfect blend of high-fashion glamour and tongue-in-cheek playfulness — the way velcro sandals should be done this season.

Available online and in stores. Locations: M/F Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm).

Karn Chatikavanij
Style Writer
A globetrotter with a love for sushi and Miu Miu, Karn is a fan of all things upbeat, delicious, and well-dressed. Her frequent activities include packing for beach trips, listening to 80s music, and trying to make daytime pyjamas happen.