I’ve been a lot into shoes, lately. Given that bags and shoes are the major women’s weaknesses, I hope you’ll forgive the second consecutive post on shoes, and specifically the so called ugly shoes, that were meant to be worn at home, but are more and more cool.

It was all over again Phoebe Philo‘s fault, with her fur-lined sandals that were highly debated, but also an instant hit with the fashion crowds. This season, many designers did their take on the item, from flower prints by Givenchy, to leopard Giambattista Valli, to queen of cool Isabel Marant, who revisited the slippers that my granny wears. This shows us that the trend is here to stay, because it is not vague and fleeting, but supported by an extra: the quest for comfort and the link with sportive fashion, that we discussed last week when we analysed the new fashion life of performance shoes.
Seen on the runaway last summer, I thought these sandals would stay there. I was mistaken, they took street style by storm and landing on the red carpet, thanks to the outrageous and extremely talented Tilda Swinton, known for her controversial fashion choices, sporting Schiaparelli Couture at the premiere of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

I am still sceptic over this trend, and I’m not sure whether I like it or not. I am drawn to the fact that I can be comfortable and fashion at the same time, showing my flat feet and scoliosis some love this summer (I usually wear flat sandals and flip flops, and my Achilles tendons are killing me at the end of the day), and at the same time afraid that this hybrid between a sandal and a slipper- I really don’t know how to qualify it! help needed here!- work only with either gipsy or super polished looks, with a personality to match them. I am mostly a preppy person, and I am debating whether I may have the confidence necessary not to look dumb in them. And don’t get me started on the fact that you need to have super skinny legs to avoid looking shorter than what you are…

Enough of me, then. What do you think? Are you pro or con? Are you going to wear the sandals this summer? Which looks would you pare them with?

Anna

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