Over the past couple of years, a strappy and sporty style from longtime sandal makers like Chacos and Teva became a bit of a cheeky trend among the menswear set. The dad-ish sandal style suddenly became cool, somewhere between ironically and semi-ironically, alongside a newfound obsession with the Grateful Dead and that band’s fun-loving style. The shoes even showed up on stylish dudes like Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig and multihyphenate star Tyler, the Creator. (Both guys liked the style so much they wore them for GQ photo shoots.) And now it looks like one of those brands—Chacos—has another potential hit on its hands. This time, there is no chaser of irony needed—this is just a straight-up well-designed sandal, for hippies and traditional menswear heads alike.
This style isn’t a nod to the kicks worn by crunchy hikers or free-spirited hippies. Instead, it has more in common with design-minded