Micro-Trend Alert: Shearling Sandals Are Like All-Day Slippers, but Fashion
Fuzzy sandals are all the rage: In recent years we’ve seen them on post-session surfers in Malibu and on runways in Milan, a bit woolly and wild-looking but always comfy. Here are our picks of the litter of shearling- and fur-lined shoes, just in time to ward off fall’s chill. Wear them with skirts, wide-leg trousers or your usual ho-hum khakis and see if you don’t feel like you’ve left the house in slippers.
1. Pastel Pretty
Pastel pink looks positively butch when it’s the color of Marni’s signature crisscross sandals, now done in shearling. This tough little look is begging for a lacy or gauzy maxi dress to go with it.
2. Cuddly and Rugged
The classic hippie-dippie Birk slide brings all the glamour when lined with fuzzy-wuzzy shearling. Best of all, it molds to your footbed just like the non-shearling models do, so it’s doubly comfy.
3. Euro-Styled and Over-the-Top
Shearling sandals are likely to have the approximate mass of a backpack, so they’re not going to read as a subtle look. Perhaps it’s best to just lean into the logo/name brand/prestige aspect when you’re splashing out on a European luxury brand.
4. Goes-With-Everything White
Fluffy sheep’s fur and a thick black sole make for an opposites-attract appeal in this slide sandal that’s surprisingly versatile with jeans, khakis and maxi skirts.
5. Layered and Textured
A tapestry has been repurposed in this contemporary sandal with Velcro closures and furry lining. This is the most elegant punctuation to a loose beige cashmere sweater and pants combo, as well as your favorite broken-in sweatshirt.
6. Patchwork Plaid
In the annals of Italian clothing design, more is more. That’s why these slides are overloaded with so many eye-catching elements. Green-dyed shearling, bright plaid with frayed edges, furry cheetah bits and a shiny buckle add up to a look that’s asking for a nice white or black dress to shine against.
7. Loudly Branded
When you’re putting together an outfit with some chunky shearling sandals, it’s all about getting the proportions right. This shoe already has a grip on that: The heel strap is a thin bit of leather, while the cross straps are Off-White’s signature fabric tape.
8. Bow Tied
Powder-pink fur plus glittery leopard fabric plus a pink satin bow equals one crazy mashup that’s somehow sweet and sexy. Wear these as an alternative to high heels when you’re turning your skinny jeans into an evening look, because flats are easier to wear and set you apart from the tottering crowd.