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These Ugly-Chic Sandals Have Gotten Me the Most Compliments This Summer

Photo: Courtesy of Crocs

These are Crocs sandals
Photo: Courtesy of Crocs

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Every weekend, I walk to the same coffee shop and get the same iced oat latte. For my morning stroll, I usually throw on whatever shirt and shorts are laying around and finish it off with my comfy new Crocs sandals. Three times this week alone, I’ve gotten compliments on the rubbery shoes from strangers. “Wait, those are Crocs?” asked one cool Gen Z’er after I revealed their identity. “Really?”

Dubbed the Crush sandal, Crocs’s new platform sandals for him and her debuted earlier this summer, and the shoes are continuing to sell out online. I see why: They’re chunky like their signature clogs yet a little more streamlined thanks to the aerodynamic, double-strap silhouette (not to mention extremely comfy too). Like it or not, Crocs are having a moment this year in general; the humble rubber clogs have been all the rage thanks to Crocs’s buzzy new collaborations with labels like Balenciaga.

Not everyone wants to wear bulbous shoes with holes all over them—but many fashion folks have embraced the deliberately ugly-chic look, including stars like Justin Bieber and Teyana Taylor, who have worn them on the red carpet. In sandal form, they’re a little more sleek—though they still do have holes all over to put in your Jibbitz charms. (I have my initials and even an iced coffee charm!) I find the hefty, stacked-platform silhouette adds a dash of cool to just about any casual or dressy look.

The best part is the price. Coming in at $45, they’re my smartest summer purchase—and have gotten me way more compliments than my pricier Prada and Balenciaga sandals. They currently come in colors like black, bone, and lavender—though, given they’re a growing hit, more hues are bound to be on their way. Consider them the perfect throw-on-with-everything sandals, whether you’re sitting by the pool or heading out to dinner. (Yes, I’ve dressed up my black pair.) Despite once being a serious Crocs skeptic, I’ve fully leaned into them, and now my feet constantly feel like they’re walking on a cloud. Who doesn’t want that?

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