Sheepskin sandals are a spring 2022 trend to watch
Balenciaga Crocs with a high heel, kidney-shaped clogs and platform flip-flops are just a few highly controversial “ugly” shoes that are deemed super cool by some and too ugly to work by others.
Balenciaga Crocs with a high heel, kidney-shaped clogs and platform flip-flops are just some of the controversial “ugly” shoes that are deemed super cool by some and too ugly to work by others. Sherpa sandals are the latest iteration of a dodgy shoe that some trend setters have already embraced as a late winter/early spring staple. It mixes the comfort of faux fur and the open-toe design, creating the feel of socks and sandals on steroids.
Sherpa is a synthetic (faux) sheepskin fabric that is soft and warm but not waterproof (which is important to keep in mind). Over the past couple of years, sherpa jackets have been popping up everywhere (like long coats, half-zip sweaters, and cropped jackets), making dressing down fluffy and easy. That same kind of teddy bear-chic has now moved to Southern Feet for Spring 2022.
There are many ways to wear it in times of transition: with socks, sweatpants, jeans, a dress or leggings. Easy to slip on after a workout or a long morning walk, these shoes can be as simple or fashion-forward as the wearer decides.
SHEARLING BIRKENSTOCK ARIZONA
The trendy double strap style gets the winter treatment with a sheepskin lining and suede finish. Count on it to be the hottest version this spring as the sizes are already selling out, and it’s been spotted on celebrities like Reese Witherspoon. Available in mink (brown) and black from Little Burgundy; light pink in narrow/medium and regular/wide width from Birkenstock, and brown/mink/black/light pink from Altitude Sports.
Who is it ideal for: Anyone who wants reliable style.
Why we endorse it: Brand confidence, comfort, quality.
Where it could use improvements: Higher price than some other options.
Height/weight/dimensions: Unisex size with two different width options (narrow/medium and regular/wide).
The big buckle Arizona Teddy sandals are harder to find, a bit more expensive and in high demand. There are a few pairs left at Free People and directly through Birkenstock.
THE TRENDY H&M LOOK
Count on H&M to deliver style that fits the trending target (but doesn’t cost a fortune). This criss-cross sandal is a little dressier than the two-strap Arizona and has a contrasting beige/white color scheme. Available at H&M.
Who is it ideal for: Anyone who loves the sherpa insole but not the two strap style.
Why we endorse it: Price level, brand trust, easy to style design.
Where it could use improvements: No half sizes.
Height/weight/dimensions: Limited sizes.
THE UGG-LY SLINGBACK
The Fluff Yeah UGG slide started gaining traction last summer and is poised for an influencer-driven social media takeover this year. This slingback style comes in multiple colors, has a monogrammed elastic strap, and a super puffy style (just like Ugg boots).
Who is it ideal for: Anyone who wants a youthful look at this trend.
Why we endorse it: Comfort, trust in the brand.
Where it could use improvements: Like all shearling sandals, it is not recommended to wear them outside.
Height/weight/dimensions: Women’s size; Amazon prices vary by size/color.
THE ULTRA-LUXURY OPTION
Want to really rock out on this look? These Fendi sandals have the label’s monogram along the back and the same strap layout as Tevas. These are nearly sold out online and were once worn by Chrissy Teigen in her effort to ditch high heels. Available at Net-a-porter.
Who is it ideal for: Anyone who wants a designer and look-at-me option.
Why we endorse it: Unique design features, duty calculated at checkout.
Where it could use improvements: Luxury price, limited sizes.
Height/weight/dimensions: Italian size (so be sure to use a conversation chart to understand the conversion).
SHEARLING SANDALS FOR CHILDREN
Socks can be a sticking point with kids, but these fun sandals might eliminate the need for them (at least for a few months). With a slip-on style, kids can try to manage their own “shoes on/off” routine at the door. May be. Available at the Gap.
Who is it ideal for: Anyone who wants a mini version of this comfortable shoe.
Why we endorse it: Trust in the brand, price, on sale.
Where it could use improvements: This white sherpa will go through a lot.
Height/weight/dimensions: 1-13 in children’s size.