This Ancient-History Sandal Is Making a Huge Comeback This Summer

Fashion trends from the 80s and 90s are back (like those popular mom mules and flip flop sandals), but another footwear silhouette is set to take root dates back even further — nearly 10,000 years. Enter: Rope sandals. Worn since the Holocene era by everyone from the Greeks to the Romans, the versatile silhouette has proven its lasting power by popping up on spring 2019 runways.

Monse, Milly and Ulla Johnson were just a few of the designers to offer modern interpretations of the woven style, and we have a feeling they’re not going anywhere. Often woven from cotton, hemp or recycled materials, the sandals will offer a nautical touch to your wardrobe. In fact, we think they’re the perfect choice for tropical getaways, backyard barbecues or practically any laidback outing you’ve got planned this summer.

Milly show, Runway, Spring Summer 2019, New York Fashion Week 07 Sep 2018
Rope sandals seen on the Spring ’19 Milly show.
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To help you nail the trend, we’ve rounded up our favorite rope sandals on the market — from flatform espadrilles to more traditional braided styles. They also start at just $40, so there’s bound to be a style here to fit any budget. Read on to shop them all.

1. Nomadic State Romano Sandal

Made from recycled materials, this eco-friendly pick features crisscross straps and adjustable ankle ties.


2. Asos Design Hazel Rope Tie Heeled Sandals

Striped ties add eye-catching flair to this block-heeled look.

Asos Design Hazel Rope Tie Heeled Sandals
Asos Design Hazel rope tie heeled sandals.
CREDIT: Asos


3. Michael Kors Holly Rope Thong Sandals

This thong-style sandal offers knotted accents, gold-tone hardware and an earthy-brown finish to mesh with practically any outfit in your closet.

Michael Kors Holly Rope Thong Sandals
Michael Kors Holly rope thong sandals.
CREDIT: Bloomingdale's

4. Mia Renita Raffia Wraparound Sandal

Stand out from the crowd in this strappy, raffia-embellished pair, complete with fun tassel accents.

Mia Renita Raffia Wraparound Sandal
Mia Renita Raffia wraparound sandal.
CREDIT: Nordstrom

5. Billabong Rope Tide Slide Sandal

An elevated version of the traditional pool slide, this option swaps out rubber for crisscross rope straps.

Billabong Rope Tide Slide Sandal
Billabong Rope Tide slide sandal.
CREDIT: Nordstrom

6. Paloma Barcelo Sandals

If you’re looking to simply dip your toe into the trend, this pair is a great option. The traditional silhouette features a leather upper, ruffle toe strap and rope details on a geometric heel for a slightly unexpected twist.

Paloma Barcelo Sandals
Paloma Barcelo sandals.
CREDIT: Yoox

7. Steve Madden Roper Slide Sandal

Steve Madden does with the trend in full with this slide, done in all-over twisted rope.

Steve Madden Roper Slide Sandal
Steve Madden Roper slide sandal.
CREDIT: Nordstrom

8. River Island Sandals With Rope Detail

Dress up jeans and a tee with this minimalist style, featuring a single front strap and subtle metallic embellishments.

River Island Sandals With Rope Detail
River Island Sandals with rope detail.
CREDIT: Asos

9. Malone Souliers Simona Rope-Strap Sandals

Taking notes from the traditional espadrille style, this sandal offers a woven flatform base — plus contrast blue ankle ties for an added dose of color.

Malone Souliers Simona Rope-Strap Sandals
Malone Souliers Simona rope-strap sandals.
CREDIT: Matches Fashion

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