What are Teva sandals? Created by Teva, a company founded in 1984 by geophysicist and rafter Mark Thatcher, these sandals were made out of necessity to prevent sandals from floating downstream during river activities — hence, the two Velcro straps.
Let’s face it, they’re not exactly the prettiest shoes, but they sure look comfy. But these days, even Dad sneakers have come a long way from their bleak beginnings and have become the norm. Thanks to designers like Anna Suiwho collaborated with Teva; Cecilie Bahnsen who adorned various pairs for her trademark feminine aesthetic; and Jonathan Cohen whose printed and colorful pieces perfectly added a touch of whimsy to the sandals, as well as fashion industry favorite The Row which went for a minimalist yet luxurious collection, Teva sandals have become more than just a functional shoe.
Of course it’s one thing to give them a normcore and chic spin on the runway and another to make them look spiffy in real life. So the question is, just how can you wear these chunky sandals without looking drab? Let famed blogging and Teva-loving sisters Dylana and Natalie Suarez (@natalieoffduty) show you how. Warning: You’d want to get your own pair STAT.
#1 Pair it with a feminine, ruffled dress.
#2 A sheer leg-baring frock should do the trick.
#3 Its flatform counterpart in a zesty hue goes perfectly well with an equally colorful, body-hugging dress.
#4 Get a pair in a sweet, pastel hue and wear it with an apron dress. Cap off your ensemble with a scarf. This just screams ’70s chic, don’t you think?
#5 We’d call this easy-breezy. Just slip on a linen dress and you’re good to go.
#6 Looking for a way to mean business but with a laid-back touch? Pair your Teva sandals with a masculine suit.
#7 A cool combo of cropped and frayed denim shorts paired with a bralet isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it’s a sure way to effortlessly turn heads.
#8 There’s nothing like a silk dress to take this pair to luxurious heights.