splurge. vs. save. | pom-pom. sandals.

Photo via @mabubymariabk.
Blame it on Coachella, the arrival of spring-y temps or just my fascination with poms, but I am currently obsessed with the latest sandal trend. Decked out in all sorts of rad doodads (think: tassels and pom poms galore), this season’s must-have lace-up gladiators a la labels such as Mabu by Maria BK and Elina Linardaki are a major step up from the ones from seasons past. While they’re definitely a bit out there, I think that’s what makes them so playful and totally on-point for summer. The only downside: They’re not exactly easy on the wallet. Womp, womp. Until I can figure out a way to DIY a pair for myself (read: not happening anytime soon), I thought that I would see what affordable options are out there. Whether you’re ready to splurge for these ultra colorful and fun sandals or want to test drive a more budget-friendly pair, you can scroll down below to see what I found.

The good news: Zara was smart enough to produce a knockoff version of the season’s most coveted sandal. The bad news: They’re currently out of stock online (with the potential of them still being available in stores). Side note: The thing that I’m most bummed out about, however, is that these beauties only come in kids sizing (and they fall right under $50!). Ugh. I wear a 6.5 though, so I’m wondering if perhaps I could squeeze into the largest size…? Wishful thinking.

Summed up in one word, these lace-up gladiators from ASOS are definitely festive and boho-chic. While they’re nowhere near as intricate as the ones by Mabu by Maria BK and Elina Linardaki, these are only priced at $43, so what can you expect? Between upcoming beach getaways and outdoor concerts, there's no question that they'd be a fun addition to a pair of denim cutoffs or even an off-the-shoulder dress.

Can you say love at first sight?! While these embellished leather sandals from Mabu by Maria BK don’t come cheap, each pair is handmade in Greece, meaning you can expect an attention to detail + the utmost quality. What sets these bad boys apart from all the other options spotlighted above is the mixture of unique trinkets — poms, tassels, coins and beads! If you’re a self-proclaimed beach babe who’s always enjoying fun in the sun time, then these would be the ultimate addition to your summer capsule wardrobe. Style them with anything from a classic black scalloped bikini to a neon colorblock set, and let the compliments roll in :)

A few more that I’m currently eyeing:

Are you obsessed with pom pom sandals? Sound off below!




  1. Pom pom sandals are so cute! I love the ones from ASOS!
    -Anna | www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  2. As much as I usually love ornamentation on shoes, I'm not a big fan of the pom pom sandal. I probably like the Zara pair the best.


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