If we’ve learned anything from our years of shopping, it’s that nice-looking things can come from the unlikeliest places. Take the Marni-esque platform sandals that one contributor found at Sorel — a brand, she notes, that makes her “think of hiking, certainly not fashion.” You might say the same about Merrell, another outdoorsy brand that makes some of our favorite hiking boots and running sneakers. But, as we’ve learned from folks like Sandy Liang, Merrell can also make shoes that are surprisingly stylish, like the fleece-lined clogs that Liang told us are “the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.” These on-sale sandals are like Merrell clogs’ warm-weather counterpart: They have a bit of a platform at the bottom (reminiscent of the Marni-esque Sorels) and a just-strappy-enough upper that’ll draw attention while letting your feet breathe. They’re totally appropriate for days on the street, and the fact that they’re from Merrell — and have details like a contoured footbed and grippy soles — means they’ll be suitable for more uneven terrain, like sand or trails, too.
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