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.
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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.
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.
4. Mia Renita Raffia Wraparound Sandal
Stand out from the crowd in this strappy, raffia-embellished pair, complete with fun tassel accents.
5. Billabong Rope Tide Slide Sandal
An elevated version of the traditional pool slide, this option swaps out rubber for crisscross rope straps.
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.
7. Steve Madden Roper Slide Sandal
Steve Madden does with the trend in full with this slide, done in all-over twisted rope.
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.
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.
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