The Roman sandal is one of those neoclassical fashion items that have recently reemerged as a trend to be reckoned with. Ditching knee-high gladiator straps – remember how popular (and polarizing) those were in the late aughties and mid-2010s? – for a more streetwear-updated ankle strap and raised flatform soles, the Roman sandals of today look as if they’re more inclined for mass appeal with its refined, minimalist styling.
As seen on the runway of Valentino’s SS ‘20 show, matte white sandals showcased twisted rope straps, ankle ties bedecked with the House’s signature Rockstuds and matching white feathered tassels, thereby setting the mood for the wave of sandals about to hit the fashion world that season: rustic, with an elevated artisanal appeal.
As if handcrafted lovingly by a local crafter at a sun-soaked seaside vacation spot, the trending Roman sandals for spring ‘20 are like a gateway to optimism (we could all use a little escapism these days, can’t we?) and also, they look super chic and effortless while peeking out underneath a flowy maxi skirt or your favourite pair of jeans for swift errand runs.
Below, we’ve consolidated our favourite pairs of designer Roman sandals for you to take your pick from.