Found: Summer 2020’s next “It” shoe.

By Eva Thomas
Updated Mar 19, 2020 @ 1:15 pm
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Emily Ratajkowski has some killer abs (as in, we’d gladly take a core-toning MasterClass from her any day) and she’s got some killer style. And in case you need proof of either of these claims, one of her recent street-style looks makes strong a case for both.

EmRata strutted around NYC in a midriff-baring Bevza dress that’s as unique as it is sexy, but the cherry on top of her already jaw-dropping look was a pair of “ugly” toe-loop sandals that sensible footwear lovers are going to fall head over heels for. The good thing about Ratajkowski’s experty juxtaposed evening ensemble is that there’s something for everyone: a sexy dress that shows some skin and some comfy sandals that won’t make your feet hate you.

With celebs favoring “ugly” comfortable footwear finds that are actually, dare we say it, chic (looking at J. Lo and those chunky dad sneakers), it’s more popular than ever to kick impractical stilettos aside in favor of something more low-to-the-ground. Sneakers are a good pick, but EmRata’s toe-loop sandals that boast a chunky heel are quickly becoming a springtime-footwear frontrunner.

Why, you ask? Because unlike certain styles, toe-loop sandals — an early-aughts shoe making a strong comeback — don’t budge as easily. With a ring-like hoop that goes around your big toe, you don’t have to worry about your sandals sliding off mid-walk, which can inevitably lead to a full-on faceplant moment. They stay in place, and to be honest, actually have an eye-catching, intriguing design. There are these Tory Burch sandals that are way better than your average slides and these Vaneli mules that look just like EmRata’s.

If you’re ready to take the sensible and nostalgic route with your sandals this summer, shop the celeb-approved footwear trend at Nordstrom. Below, our favorite toe-loop sandals to buy now and wear all season long.

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Shop now: $74 (Originally $99); nordstrom.com

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Shop now: $98 (Originally $130); nordstrom.com

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Shop now: $90–$120 (Originally $120); nordstrom.com

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Shop now: $59 (Originally $79); nordstrom.com

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Shop now: $101 (Originally $135); nordstrom.com

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Shop now: $44–$58 (Originally $58); nordstrom.com

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Shop now: $105 (Originally $140); nordstrom.com

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Shop now: $135; nordstrom.com

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Shop now: $244 (Originally $325); nordstrom.com

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Shop now: $186 (Originally $248); nordstrom.com

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Shop now: $98 (Originally $130); nordstrom.com