It's pretty impressive how quickly we've racked up an extensive sandal collection considering it's only mid-July. By now, you've broken in a trusty slip-on, taken the leap on those sparkly Birkenstocks, and maybe even tried a lace-up gladiator. But, there's one go-to sandal that's been there through all the come-and-go trends — and some of Instagram's most stylish ladies are staying loyal to it. Remember the chunky black sandal?
In the same way a combat boot has become the ultimate — and most versatile — winter shoes, a thick black sandal has the same relationship with summer; pair it with a summer dress and you'll strike that perfect bit of contrast that gives you some serious style cred, comfort, and, not to mention, a few extra inches. As much as we're pushing square-toe sandals and PVC pieces, we can't deny the allure of an item we know will never go out of style.