Trend Alert: Ruched Sandals
August 14, 2021
Penelope Trent

Celebrities have brought forward some questionable shoe trends that took off this summer. First, it was the revival of Birkenstocks, the “ugly” sandal that has graced the feet of stars like Reese Witherspoon and Katie Holmes. Then, it was the rise of squishy pool slides, a water-repellent style that supermodels like Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber can’t stop wearing. And now, it’s the emergence of ruched sandals, a slip-on shoe with ruffle detailing that we’ve spotted a handful of our favorite celebrities wearing.



This texture is not new and has already taken over other walks of fashion. It was dominant on tops and bikinis – mainly by the stars’ beloved brand Hunza G, and had also found its footing in the bags department, partly due to Amazon’s viral “Gabi” bag. And, now, it is making its mark in the shoe section as well. Many stars have been already spotted sporting this shoe style recently. Jessica Alba opted for a kelly green pair from Staud with a bright patterned midi skirt and a tied white button-down shirt for a trip to NYC, and Jennifer Lawrence wore the same $265 sandal in caramel brown with a mustard yellow midi dress.



If that wasn’t enough to convince us a seasonal trend is taking over, both Camila Cabello and Amelia Hamlin posted photos on Instagram within the past few months wearing different versions of the sandal. The singer wore a pair of ivory ruched strappy heels from Sam Edelman with an embroidered top and parachute pants, and the actress chose a neon orange platform pair from Boohoo to match her tie-dye bikini.



Ruching is a fabric technology that is often used on clothing to help cover areas of concern, especially in the stomach region, so it’s a little surprising to see it on footwear. But the unexpected detail gives regular slip-ons some extra flair, making them a closet must-have. Now that we’ve taken note of the trend, we’re suddenly seeing ruched sandals pop up everywhere, including big brands and major retailers, so you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars for a pair. So, what do you think about this new trend? Will you buy a pair?


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