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21 Fisherman Sandals That Are Actually Cute

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Every so often, a fashion trend pops up seemingly out of nowhere. Last summer, that trend was fisherman sandals — as in the woven sandals historically worn by infants, uncles, and actual wielders of the rod and the reel. And it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. They’re such a thing, you wouldn’t be crazy to imagine that the Olsen twins and Alessandro Michele convened a small tribunal, like fashion’s Knights of the Round Table, and decided that, yes, we would all look like fishermen this summer.

Maybe it’s a return to functionality — many people have gotten more used to walking and biking places since the pandemic. Maybe everyone wants to pretend they’re in Greece wearing their best summer frocks. Or maybe these hypothetical fishermen were really onto something. Either way, we’ve culled 21 cute options that require no rods or bait, below.

If You Want Something Simple, But Not Too Simple


Nothing says elevated classic like a mule you can easily slip on during the summer.

If You’re 30 Going on 13

Or maybe you’re planning on getting in the water. If you are, these jelly sandals will survive the tides.

If You’re a Minimalist

Shop Pêche Rai Sandals

The square toe is a nice design touch that separates these fisherman sandals from the usual bunch.

If You Bike to Work

Or are always late and running. You don’t have to worry about putting these in “sports mode,” because their adjustable buckle slingback already has you covered.

If You Like Wearing Color

Go our of your comfort zone with these light-blue ones made from genuine leather.

If You Want Something Dainty

These Loq ones will look perfect with a white summer dress. Plus, they have a padded leather footbed for added comfort.

If You Want a Solid Under-$55 Option

Charles & Keith is one of fashion editors’ fave brands to find great-quality shoes at great prices.

If You Love Anything Puffy

Coach Penney Sandal

Just Like Darshita Goyal said: “Dressing like the Michelin Man is in.”

If You’re Into Gen-Z Green

Fishermen would just call this “green,” but would still be into these. (The brand is running out of stock in this particular color, but it has seven more colors that are just as good.)

Or You’re Still Into Millennial Pink

No shame. It’s literally just a color. One that makes these fishermen sandals very covetable.

If You Want a Shiny Splurge

If You Want to Splurge Splurge

Behold the pair approved by the Olsen twins.

If You Want Something More Surreal

These will feel and look like you’re walking on a cloud. And honestly, you can’t go wrong with any leather option from the Spanish brand.

If You Just Want Something Classic


You technically might not be able to fish in these, but you won’t know if you don’t try.

$87 at Madewell
with code: WARMUP

Or Something a Bit More Chunky

With its squared toe and 1 3/4-inch heel, these fisherman sandals from editor-favorite brand Vagabond Shoemakers are guaranteed to become a staple in your closet.

If You Can Invest in the New Classics

These shoes are so architectural, you could practically live inside of them.

If You’re Into Platforms

If You Want a Few Extra Inches

These are not your fisherman’s fisherman sandals. Both in inches and in price.

If You Care About the Details

Our senior shopping editor, Bianca Nieves, loves these fisherman sandals. They are made from vegetable-tanned leather, and their foam cushion makes them extremely comfortable. Plus, they are handmade in Tuscany.

Or You’re Into Stitching

The raffia stitching on these from Loeffler Randall will have you watching your feet every step you take.

If You Love Jelly

Sandals, that is. Live your Coach runway dreams and purchase these before it’s too late.

21 Fisherman Sandals That Are Actually Cute