Solemates: How The Original Ugly Sandal Got A High Fashion Makeover

By Chava Kuchar

During this last year we saw every intonation of the ugly sandal on the 2019 Spring, Summer and Resort runways in the form of the iconic Teva, Suicoke and Source (Shoresh) sandals. However, it was Teva that reigned supreme with a series of epic collaborations- creating a fresh and dynamic feel for a well-established, comfortable and reasonably priced design. Teva explained that whilst this in fact maybe be the trend right now, that their sandals had “been styled by designers for years to help complete their runway looks, and New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019 was no different”

 

Cecillie Bahnsen x Suicoke

Cecile Bahnsen PreFall19 x Suicoke

Cecile Bahnsen PreFall19 x Suicoke

Cecile Bahnsen PreFall19 x Suicoke

Cecile Bahnsen PreFall19 x Suicoke

Source (Shoresh) supports Israeli Design at Tel Aviv Fashion Week

Originally established as a hiking and active wear shoe, Teva, the word actually means “nature” in Hebrew. In 1987, Teva applies for the first patent for it’s iconic and enduring Velcro system, creating the first modern sport sandal. Within a couple years, Teva becomes a international phenomenon received publicity and accolades for its innovative designs. In the new millennia Teva continues to evolve and innovate with collaborative designs that take it from playground to runway- bringing with it a cool and practical emancipation for women (and men’s) feet. 

Colin Strada x Teva

Colin Strada x Teva

Colin Strada x Teva

Sandy Liang x Teva

Sandy Liang x Teva

 Area NYC x Teva

Area NYC SS18 x Teva

Area NYC SS18 x Teva

Area NYC PreFall19 x Teva

Area NYC PreFall19 x Teva

 Anna Sui x Teva (currently available online)

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TOME x Teva

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Although not an official collaboration, Teva explained that “we couldn’t be more excited about the tassels adorning the Teva Original Universal sandals that TOME models wore on the runway.” Each tassel was handmade by former refugee women resettled in Texas, all through Gaia, a recently (closed) long term refugee rehabilitation program. “They paired beautifully with everything from silk dip-dye dresses to striped trousers.”

TOME’s Tevas with Gaia’s refugee made accessories

TOME’s Tevas with Gaia’s refugee made accessories

Hurricane Outdoor Voices, $85US

Hurricane Outdoor Voices, $85US

Here are some current Teva shoes worthy of your feet, style and pocket (upwards of $60).

Original Universal, $60US

Original Universal, $60US

Flatform Universal x Anna Sui, $150US

Flatform Universal x Anna Sui, $150US

Indio Jewel x Anna Sui, $275US

Indio Jewel x Anna Sui, $275US

Flatform Universal Pride, $80US

Flatform Universal Pride, $80US

The following shoe edit is courtesy of the sport luxe trend sandal. Whether you are in the OG Teva camp or looking for something a little more high-fashion, we are ugly shoe obsessed and we recommend you scroll through to find your solemate this season;

Vince Sandal 

Parks sandal, $220US

Parks sandal, $220US

Arizona Love, $226US

Arizona Love, $226US

Melissa Papette and Rider, $79US

Melissa Papette and Rider, $79US

Melissa Papette and Rider, $79US

Melissa Papette and Rider, $79US

Camper Oruga, $92US

Camper Oruga, $92US

Depa V2, $150US

Depa V2, $150US

Cecillie Bahnsen x Suicoke, $310US

Cecillie Bahnsen x Suicoke, $310US

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Nanushka Yolo, $390US

Nanushka Yolo, $390US

Prada cloudbust, $390US

Prada cloudbust, $390US

Prada cloudbust, $390US

Prada cloudbust, $390US

Gucci SEGA sandal, $900US

Gucci SEGA sandal, $900US

Chanel Sandal, right; Tweed and Lambskin, $1175US and left; Black and grey, $975US

Chanel Sandal, right; Tweed and Lambskin, $1175US and left; Black and grey, $975US