The 2019 Sandal Trend You’re About To See At Every Festival This Season


You’ve probably already heard, but the first round of Coachella begins soon. Arguably the most well-known of the music festival circuit, the annual desert-based extravaganza marks the beginning of a full season filled with music and fashion. While there will always be a place for the bohemian-inspired trends typically associated with music festivals, a new report proves that 2019's "ugly" sandal trend (i.e. those hiking-style sandals you’re starting to see everywhere) will be the real star of festival season this year.

With Coachella rapidly approaching, it only makes sense that fashion lovers everywhere are searching the Internet for what to wear for the occasion (and every music festival that follows). After all, while these events may be planned around the concerts and artists, the sartorial decisions of attendees play an equally monumental role in the experience.

According to the global fashion search platform Lyst, people are leaning more into the sporty sandal trend than ever before; the company's 2019 Festival Fashion trend report states that searches for the term "rubber sandals" increased more than 30 percent since the beginning of March. And some are looking for something even more specific: Lyst saw a search for “Prada Velcro sandals” every seven minutes in the last week.


Though this polarizing shoe trend may leave some hesitant, its increase in popularity comes as no surprise. More practical than other festival trends (sorry, flower crowns) and decidedly more comfortable, the chunky sandal could be the unofficial shoe for the season — especially when you're spending full days outside standing and more likely than not, in a crowd of people.

In case you need more evidence that the “ugly” style has been approved by the industry, plenty of fashion girls can’t stop wearing the trend. And let's face it: When you find a fashion-forward take on these functional shoes, you won’t want to wear anything else.

Convinced yet? There are plenty of designers who have put their spin on the utilitarian style. Scroll down to see how they've taken on the trend so you can decide which ones to pack in your Coachella wardrobe along with everyone else.

If you're going to sport the trend, why not opt for the simplest version? These foam sandals will be some of the comfiest you wear during the festival.

Take a piece of luxury with you to the music festivals with these, which are made with leather and rubber.

The gold leather and woven footbed make this pair reminiscent of Greek sandals.

This style features straps made of leather and suede along with detailed silver hardware.

Made with black patent leather, these platform sandals will add an edge to whatever you choose to wear for the festival season.

Given the touch of color on the straps, these sandals will go perfectly with a pair of shorts or a floaty dress.

The straps on these feature a honeycomb detail, giving it a more athletic touch.

As one of the brand's most popular styles, the Arizona sandal will go seamlessly with anything you wear this season, whether it's a pair of denim cutoffs or tailored trousers.

Simple and chic, these sandals feature ruched leather straps in forest green, exemplifying a touch of luxury.

If you love the Disruptor sneaker from Fila, you'll obsess over the sandal iteration of the shoe. These have three velcro straps as well as the chunky sole that's found on the sneaker.

These statement-making sandals have buckle-style fastening straps to give it a different approach for the trend.