The legion of ugly shoes are small but notorious—the predecessor to the Crocs, Vibram Five Fingers, and Uggs are a good-intentioned velcro sandal called the Teva. Fancied by recreational hikers and dads on holiday, the Teva has been relegated to the very end of the "practical versus pretty" spectrum. Until now, that is. We've seen lower, flatter shoes make a comeback in recent years, with outdoors-y details and utilitarian styles looking nearly—dare we say—cute
in recent seasons. Heck, even Chloë Sevigny has taken to Birkenstocks. So, as a second installment to our oh-so-amazing styling challenge series (here's the first one we did with the infamous Shape-Ups
, in case you missed it), we fashioned four looks that put the Teva to the test. You tell us...would you try these on for size?
Teva Women's Tirra Leather, $80, available at Teva, worn throughout.
Photos by Amelia Alpaugh; Modeled by Suzanna Slavin