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Fantastic Finds: The Best Sandal Alternative

A few weeks ago, I posted a Topshop bag that has become my go-to casual tote, and you ladies went nuts for it.  And it got me thinking that this might be a good feature, the find that I’m telling all of my friends about.  So without further adieu, welcome to Fantastic Finds.

From the second I spotted these shoes on the foot of a friend, I knew I had to have them.  I didn’t know who made them.  I didn’t know how much they cost (and didn’t much care).  But I knew they had to be mine.  So when she told me they were $25 at Target, I nearly burned up the roads getting to the nearest store.

These Universal Thread slides are the perfect mix of casual and chic.  They also have a bit of that earthy, minimalist vibe that is so popular right now.

I love the criss-cross front and open toe.  It’s not a sandal, but it’s also not a flat.  They’re just perfect for summer.  And I adore the little brass nail trim on the sole.

Wear them with a skinny chino and a navy, ikat blouse to work on casual Friday.  Pair them with a breezy eyelet dress for drinks on Saturday night.  Or throw them on with a beachy caftan for Sunday’s pool party.  So many options.

My fear when I bought these shoes was that they would not be comfortable.  Mostly, I was concerned about the heel rubbing, and causing blisters.  But not so much as a red spot so far.  And on the comfort scale, I pronounce them an 8-out-of-10 straight from the box.

So if you’re searching for a relaxed summer shoe that is not a sandal, this is the one for you.

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  1. Emily says:

    Purchased! Such a no-brainer, thank you!

    May 24, 2018/Reply
  2. Stefanie S. says:

    They’re 40% off today with the code SAVE40

    May 24, 2018/Reply
  3. Nicole L Phillips says:

    My sister’s and I all went nuts for these last year! Can vouch for their durability too!

    May 24, 2018/Reply
  4. Anna says:

    How flexible is the sole?

    May 24, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Maybe a 6-7 on a scale of 10, but I think they’ll loosen up the more I wear them.

      May 24, 2018/Reply
  5. allison says:

    OMG these are perfect! Purchased.

    May 24, 2018/Reply
  6. Meredith Reilly says:

    I stopped a woman recently about these exact shoes! Darling. Happy to hear they’re comfortable!

    May 24, 2018/Reply
  7. Kelly says:

    These look great. And perfect for work. Ordered.

    May 24, 2018/Reply
  8. Jules says:

    These are nice! My current fave pair of summer sandals are also from Target! I searched high and low for tan leather-looking flat sandals, and lo and behold, they were $10 at Target! So comfy I bought 2 colors. I’ll have to go search for these 🙂 Yay Target!

    May 24, 2018/Reply
  9. Meghan says:

    Super into these–purchased. Thanks for the discount code as well, fellow TWE readers!

    May 24, 2018/Reply
  10. Edna Mazu says:

    Was just thinking my existing (Target) workhorse sandals were getting pretty worn looking. Perfect timing with the discount code! Bought.

    May 24, 2018/Reply
  11. Shelley Ahmed says:

    What is the fit like- I have to order these online (no Target in Canada) so need to be sure of the fit before buying. I’m a 7.5 pretty much all the time….

    May 28, 2018/Reply
  12. Laurel says:

    Bought these THAT day and just ordered another pair in black. Comfortable, look expensive, and go with EVERYTHING. Thank you for flagging! I don’t even mind that the 40% off deal is over.

    May 29, 2018/Reply
  13. Jo says:

    Belated followup, but i ordered three pairs of Universal Thread sandals from Target thanks to this post and kept two. All three were comfortable and cute, including this pair. If anyone’s reading, there’s still a lot of sandals by this brand available online.

    Thanks for the rec!

    June 26, 2018/Reply