10 Chunky Sandals to Check Out Because the '90s Are Back

Channel your younger self!

ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) These days, entering a trendy clothing store feels almost like taking a trip back in time with everything from lace tank tops to multi-colored windbreakers making a comeback. It’s hard not to enjoy the '90s and early 2000s nostalgia—don’t you almost wish you kept all your old-school pieces from back in the day? Since you probably threw most of those out a long time ago, we’re here to help. Another big aughts trend to return in full force is chunky sandals. Anyone else just get a rush of memories wearing those clunky old pairs? We round up some cute chunky pairs you can shop in the Metro to rock the look. 

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Check out our picks for chunky sandals you can shop in Manila:

Gala (P2,850) from Muni Muni

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Homegrown label Muni Muni’s S’ATIN collection features thick, strappy sandals made with a rattan material that gives the pairs a distinctly boho feel. They’re perfect to wear with flowy dresses or to contrast against grungier outfits. The footwear styles might even remind you of those "ugly" sandals (or "Jesus sandals") that were cool back in the '90s—but with a rustic twist. We’re obsessed!

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See a list of Muni Muni stockists.

Arizona EVA Sandals in Khaki (P2,350) from Birkenstock

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You’re probably familiar with Birkenstock’s signature double-strapped chunky sandal—complete with thick soles and metallic buckles. This pair takes the OG style and paints it in an olive green color—one of the brand’s bestsellers in Manila! Tip: Sticking to monochromatic color combos will help make your outfits look like you put a lot of effort into picking them out, so why not wear this pair with an army green jacket for a cool, coordinated look?

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See a list of Birkenstock branches.

Rubber Sponge Sandals (P795) from MUJI

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These MUJI sandals feature a thick rubber sole with a ridged footbed that promises lots of cushioning and comfort. They come in black and off-white and each color features a no-frills design that would go with pretty much anything. They're especially apt if you love to rock outfits with a minimalist or normcore aesthetic. And yes, they'll match whatever looks you're planning to rock at the beach this summer!

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See a list of MUJI branches.

Hello Kitty Vegan Platform Sandals (P8,099) from Dr. Martens

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Obsessed with all things Hello Kitty? Add these ultra-thicc sandals from Dr. Martens to your stockpile of Sanrio-inspired goodies! The recently released collection features signature Dr. Martens styles like boots, sandals, creepers, and more, each decked in cute, Hello Kitty-inspired designs. This pair sports Kitty’s signature bows all over the straps and it also has a removable key chain on the back with the cartoon’s famous face on it.

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See a list of Dr. Martens branches.

Belo Horizonte Sandals in Nude (P1,995) from Cacatoes

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These sandals from Brazilian brand Cacatoes feature an old-school, chunky slip-on style. Each pair is made entirely out of recycled plastic and promises a comfy fit and lightweight feel. We’re loving the style in this monochromatic nude shade which would easily match all your outfits. The sturdy, waterproof sandals are also perfect to wear to the beach!

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Available at Cabanna Living; see a list of branches.

Papete + Rider SS20 Sandals (P3,250) from Melissa

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Hiking sandals, but make it fashion. We’re obsessed with these cool pairs from Melissa. The thick, Velcro-strapped design would give any look an adventurous touch—perfect to bring on your next big exotic vacation. They come in a variety of colorways, but we’re especially loving this white-and-dusty-rose combo.

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See a list of Melissa branches.

Flatform Sandals (P2,599) from Charles & Keith

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We’re swooning over the pastel pink hue on these sandals from Charles & Keith. The soft blush shade gives the bold pair (which features thick straps and a jagged sole) a soft, girly touch. Wear them with a flowy, ultra-feminine ensemble or use them to contrast against a grungy outfit.

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See a list of Charles & Keith branches.

Platform Slide Sandals (P2,495) from Bershka

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These chunky platforms from Bershka would be perfect for those who are, er, vertically challenged. The pair features a sole about three inches in height to give you an instant boost—but don’t worry, the uniform height across the sole makes them much more comfortable to walk in than your usual stilettos. Plus, the no-frills, slip-on design makes them easy to put on when you’re rushing out of the door.

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See a list of Bershka branches.

Jelly Platform Sandals (P1,300) from Forever 21

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There are certain colors that go with everything, but perhaps none as versatile as transparent—try the look with these sandals from Forever 21, which marry two '90s favorites: that all-too-familiar jelly material and that OG chunky sandal style. They’re giving us low-key Cinderella glass slipper vibes. Plus, the rubber material is easy to clean and won’t be ruined by water and other environmental factors.

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See a list of Forever 21 branches.

Multicolored Flat Sandals (P1,995) from Zara

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This pair from Zara features a cool, color-blocked design with bright shades of yellow, orange, and blue on the thick straps. Use it to add a pop of color to any plain OOTD. Wear stand-out tones on your pedi, too, if you really want to rock lots of color.

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See a list of Zara branches.

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