DAD Sandals…

Hannah from En Brogue, wearing sandals: £60, Hudson. I’m wearing sandals: £35, Teva

Where do you go after wearing comfy Birkenstocks all day everyday last summer…? The dad sandal, that’s where – or ‘dandals’ as I like to call them. We’ve gone from the ‘ugly sandals’ to the downright ridiculous (with velcro straps) – but, once you put these orthopaedic flats on your feet, I promise you there will be no turning back.

HANNAH: Top: Topshop. Dungarees: River Island. Clutch: Coach.
ALEX: Trench: DAY Birger et Mikkelsen. Top: New Look. Culottes: Karen Millen.

Don’t think you could? I draw your attention to the backlash to Birkenstocks pre 2014…where comfort starts, fashion follows.

Hannah Rochell, flat wearer since…well, a long time, and founder of flat shoe blog En Brogue says: “I’ve always been a fan of slightly “ugly” shoes (I’ve been wearing Birkenstocks for 20 years) so Velcro walking sandals don’t feel like a hard transition for me. I loved the Gola ones that were paired with Bermuda shorts at Christopher Raeburn’s SS15 catwalk show (in fact, I promptly bought them) but I’ve fallen really hard for these from Hudson as they feel a bit more fashion forward. It goes without saying that they’re MEGA comfortable, too”.
Christopher Raeburn S/S 15 (image: 
Burberry Prorsum S/S 15 (image:

FitFlop has also got in on the action, and I must admit they’re like walking on AIR:

Jacket: Jigsaw. Shirt: Atterley Road. Jeans: half price in the Matches sale, MiH Jeans. Sandals: FitFlop

1. Rose gold leather sandals, £50, Teva at Asos

2. Leather sandals, £55, Vagabond

3. ‘Funki’ reef sandals, £48, Topshop

4. ‘Sling’ sandal, £55, FitFlop

5. Toe loop footbed sandals, £20, Next

6. ‘Calypso’ silver sandals, £60, Hudson
7. ‘Flapjack’ sporty sandals, £38, Topshop


  1. I want to love, I am trying so hard in my head to love them for the sheer comfort factor. I guess never say never (apart from grown ups wearing crocs) as I didn't like Birks until I got some a couple of years ago. If anyone can make the dandal look good it's you!

    1. Do you know, I would say they look better in real life – when I wore them with these denim culottes, I got so many compliments – they take some getting used to but it's worth it in the end! x

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