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
Translucent Heeled Sandal Rumor
This translucent block heel works with everything from jeans to dresses.
Slip on this pair in place of your go-to neutral slides.
Breathable Panel Sandals
Try an ankle strap style with your favorite mini.
Raquel Chain Perspex Heel Mules
Delicate chain detailing ups the ante of these see-through mules.
Beige Square Toe Clear And Leather Sandals
Go totally '90s with a square-toe silhouette.
Minimal and refined, wear this low-to-the-ground style with literally anything.
Olympia Wedge Sandals
Maryam Nassir Zadeh
This pair makes a very strong case for the modern wedge.
Giada Virgola Azzurro Cielo Sandal
Gray vinyl straps give blue suede a futuristic vibe.
Neous White Benzi 80 Leather PVC Sandals
Sleek, stark white mules with a see-through panel can go from the office to cocktails with ease.
Nuv Crystal-Embellished Leather And PVC Slides
Oh, hello, shimmery pink crystal embellishments.
Sergio Rossi Karen Suede Slide Sandals
This minimal pair is an elegant option for evening.
Moonwalk PVC-Trimmed Studded Metallic Leather Sandals
You can’t deny the fun of these mint-green gladiators trimmed with PVC at the ankle.