8 Easy Ways to Wear Clunky, Chunky High-Heel Sandals Like a Celebrity

It looks like the ugly shoe trend is not going anywhere. In fact, we’re now seeing it extend its reach into heels, which have long been dominated by sexy styles. Stilettos have morphed into thick blocks, platforms have grown industrial lug soles and slinky straps are heavily burdened with buckles, studs, and other metal doodads.

If you’ve already embraced ugly shoes, then scroll through for eight ways to pull off this new look of clunky, chunky high-heel sandals. If you haven’t, then check out how awesome they look on top trendsetters like Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk. That should dispel any fears you might have on experimenting with this trend.

1. Wear with a sparkly dress like Gigi Hadid.

When wearing a sparkly dress, feel free to bypass pretty, princess-y heels and go straight to clunky sandals. The contrast between the two totally works, as demonstrated by fashion’s favorite model-of-the-moment, Gigi Hadid, with a pair of Versace “Medusa” tri-strap platform sandals.

Gigi Hadid chunky sandalsGigi Hadid spotted out and about during Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, on February 27, 2016

2. Pair with comfy shorts and a cute sweatshirt like Nina Dobrev.

Shake up your favorite shorts and sweatshirt combo! That’s what Nina Dobrev did with a cute printed set and a pair of Stuart Weitzman “Fourbucks” sandals.

Nina Dobrev chunky sandalsNina Dobrev at Elle’s Women in Comedy event at Hyde Sunset in Los Angeles, California, on June 7, 2016

3. Toughen up a revealing crop top and miniskirt outfit like Hailey Baldwin.

Feeling way too exposed in a crop top or a miniskirt (or both)? Balance out the look with a heavy-duty pair of chunky Versace platform heels like Hailey Baldwin. The 19-year-old model also wisely carried a jacket with her to add or remove coverage as she pleased.

Hailey Baldwin at Marie Claire’s Fresh Faces party in New York City on April 11, 2016

4. Nail the sexy military chic aesthetic like Bella Thorne.

Another Versace platform sandal lover, Bella Thorne tried a military-inspired look with her pair and absolutely nailed it.

Bella Thorne chunky sandalsBella Thorne on her way to be interviewed by Mario Lopez for the television show, “Extra,” at Universal Studios in Universal City, California, on June 7, 2016

5. Add some pep to a casual denim jumpsuit ensemble like Emma Roberts.

Subtle wedge heels and a high-shine metallic silver hue on her Loeffler Randall “Pia” sandals elevated Emma Roberts’ casual shopping outfit to a whole ‘nother level.

Emma Roberts chunky sandals

Emma Roberts leaving Nine Zero One Salon in Los Angeles, California, on April 5, 2016

6. Make like a model a la Irina Shayk.

Okay, this one’s a little tricky. We’re not saying you have to have Irina Shayk’s looks to pull off the ugly shoe trend, but it certainly helped the supermodel get away with wearing lug-soled Versace heels to a high-profile modeling gig.

The 30-year-old also seems to be very well-versed in the trend. She was seen effortlessly pulling off the lower-heeled version of the Versace sandals. She utilized a flash of skin and some peekaboo lace on black jumpsuit to excellent results.

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Irina Shayk at a Wrigley’s photo call in Berlin, Germany, on April 22, 2016

Irina Shayk leaving her apartment in New York City on June 6, 2016

7. Anchor a floaty, feminine frock like Jaimie Alexander.

Jaimie Alexander kept her ultra-feminine look grounded with a pair of Stuart Weitzman “Fourbucks” sandals.

Jaimie Alexander chunky sandalsJaimie Alexander attending the 9th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, on June 4, 2016

8. Try a ’90s goth babe look like Lily Aldridge.

Lily Aldridge looked so retro ’90s in her chain-strapped LBD, dark lipstick, and Alexander Wang “Sandrah” studded flatforms — and we’re heavily digging it.

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Lily Aldridge attending Gigi Hadid’s 21st birthday party held at Il Piccolino restaurant in West Hollywood, California, on April 28, 2016

Below are all of the ugly, clunky, chunky sandals featured and spotted on the celebrities in this post.

Versace 'Medusa Tri-Strap' platform sandals

Versace Medusa tri-strap platform sandalsVersace “Medusa” Tri-Strap Platform Sandals, $1,588.56 at Farfetch

Stuart Weitzman Fourbucks Black 2Stuart Weitzman “Fourbucks” Platform sandals, $387.99 – $485 at Amazon, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Shopbop and Zappos

Loeffler Randall Pia sandalsLoeffler Randall “Pia” sandals, $175 (before: $350) at Loeffler Randall

Versace Dual-Strap Mid-Heel SandalsVersace “Medusa” mid-heel sandals, $498.25 (before: $996.51) at Farfetch

Alexander Wang SandrahAlexander Wang “Sandrah” Studded Flatform Sandals, $357 to $446 (before: $595) at Farfetch and Neiman Marcus

Credit: Derrick Salters/Michael Wright/FayesVision/WENN

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