We’re always for timeless pieces whether it’s a versatile pump, classic handbag or figure-flattering dress. On occasion, however, we’re totally for the type of craze we don’t anticipate lasting more than a season, just for the fun of it. Right now, that look is PVC sandals, although these plasticky shoes actually made a splash last summer, appearing on the feet of celebs and street-style stars aplenty. This season, the look is more evolved with options running the gamut from barely-there slides to sleek block heels to sculptural mules. Those with a taste for whimsy will enjoy versions decked in rhinestones or in an of-the-moment pastel shade.
The genius lies in the styling when it comes to PVC sandals, you don’t want to go overboard and teeter into tacky territory. Dip your toe in with a pair just touched with a plastic strap as a swap for your go-to neutral sandal and balance with dresses, skirts and separates. Or, go for the gusto and embrace a totally see-through style but temper with elevated pieces.
Think you’re into the PVC sandal trend? Ahead, peruse our edit of 12 styles, starting at $33.
In The Clear
This translucent block heel works with everything from jeans to dresses.
Slip on this pair in place of your go-to neutral slides.
Try an ankle strap style with your favorite mini.
Delicate chain detailing ups the ante of these see-through mules.
Go totally '90s with a square-toe silhouette.
Minimal and refined, wear this low-to-the-ground style with literally anything.
This pair makes a very strong case for the modern wedge.
Gray vinyl straps give blue suede a futuristic vibe.
Sleek, stark white mules with a see-through panel can go from the office to cocktails with ease.
Oh, hello, shimmery pink crystal embellishments.
This minimal pair is an elegant option for evening.
You can’t deny the fun of these mint-green gladiators trimmed with PVC at the ankle.