A practical sandal designed for hiking in 1984 has emerged as the must-have shoe for Australian bloggers and fashion influencers in 2019.
Tevas, which originally hail from the US, is a practical shoe which marry the best aspects of a flip flop with an open-toed sandal.
The shoes feature a solid rubber base and velcro straps which wrap around the toes and ankles.
And while at first glance they might seem like something your dad would wear, those with an eye toward what’s trending have been pairing them with all manner of Instagram worthy ensembles.
The fashion shoe has been making strides on many catwalks this season and is proving a hit among those with an eye for norm-core style
Tevas were developed in 1984 as a hiking shoe which combines flip flops with an open-toed sandal
The sandals, which can be purchased in Australia for $99, are now so popular fashion-forward website Who What Wear have dubbed them ‘a certifiable craze’.
One Australian style figure who has embraced the Teva trend is Yan Yan Chan. She’s a fashion influencer with a social media following of 145,000.
In keeping with her sartorial bent for creatively constructed outfits, Yan Yan shows that by pairing the shoe with wide-legged pants and a t-shirt, she’s able to pull off a look that’s edgy while still being chic.
Karissa Sparke (pictured) has revealed how she paired her Tevas with straight legged jeans and a short-sleeved shirt to create an outfit which put her well ahead of the fashion pack
The sandals, which can be purchased in Australia for $99, are now so popular fashion-forward website Who What Wear have dubbed them ‘a certifiable craze’
Instagram influencer Yan Yan Chan (pictured) shows how she paired her Tevas with a pair of wide-legged trousers and a white tee shirt for a look that was both chic and stylish
Karissa Sparke, another Australian fashion figure, also revealed how she’d paired her Tevas with straight legged jeans and a short-sleeved shirt to create an outfit that put her well ahead of the pack.
The shoe is a hit with festivalgoers wanting to create a look that harks back to more relaxed times.
Style bloggers Tess and Sarah, from the US, recently took to Instagram to share a snap showing how they’d paired the sandals with cotton and linen frocks.
The end result were outfits that were carefree and girly – and wouldn’t hinder them from dancing well into the night.
This simple festive look harks back to a time when there was less emphasis on making a dramatic fashion statement
Style bloggers Tess and Sarah, from the US, recently took to Instagram to share a snap showing how they’d paired the sandals with cotton and linen frocks
Although the sandals are a summer item it’s also entirely possible to pair them with socks once the cooler weather settles in.
According to Kira Sheppard, a stylist for Teva, the way to pair socks and sandals is to allow these items to be the standout.
‘Use something vintage, something new, something with a lot of texture and I bring in a lot of neutrals because socks and sandals are basically the statement,’ she said on a video.
It’s a tricky look and one which gets mixed reviews, however, there are also fashion insiders such as writer and editor Lauren Sherman who say she celebrates anyone prepared to take a risk and do something different with their style.
The fashion set know that as well as being able to wear the shoes in summer, they can easily be paired with socks for a stunning autumnal statement
‘I think that anyone who has the confidence to style Tevas and socks together should be applauded,’ she told MailOnline. ‘Does it look great? Who cares!’
She believes risk-taking is par for the course for genuine trendsetters.
‘Personal style is about making bold, albeit sometimes goofy, choices,’ she added.