It’s officially summertime, which means you’ve ditched the heavy boots and those reliable sneakers that got you through the long, cold winter months, and the hunt is definitely on for that can’t-live-without summer shoe.
We’re all looking for the perfect sandal that can take us from the beach to the bar, that is comfy, yet classic and (above all) perfectly shows off our fresh pedi’s. Considering the humble thong just won’t cut it this time, let us introduce to you: The Slide; the shoe you definitely won’t be taking off this season.
It all began with the style renaissance of the Birkenstock. Seemingly resurrected from the fashion depths of the early 2000s, the orthopedic-friendly design: a simple flat base with across the foot strap, has made a fashionable step forward this summer season. We’re now seeing universally adored and respected design houses such as Celine and Givenchy, give their reinterpretation of the Birkenstock slide on the runway, and more locally, Senso, Seed, Tony Bianco and Windsor Smith have revealed their modern take on the slide.
‘Ugly’ and ‘Man-repelling’ are words that have often been thrown around to describe The Slide (probably from a man who hasn’t had the pleasure and comfort of wearing a pair) but this time around, they are anything but. They are available in all your favorite neutral colours; black, tan and white, whilst leopard print, cracked leather and studded details are also proving to be highly popular (and super on-trend) styles as well.
We all know that metallics are everything this summer, so why not incorporate your dose of metallic’s on your feet? Silver, gold and bronze accents add a sense of glamour and drama to the shoe, which should make them your go-to shoe of choice for those evening summer cocktail sessions (plus you can dance all night in them – bonus!). Whether they have a criss-cross band, buckles or even a flatform, there is a style to suit even the pickiest shoe connoisseur.
Need any more convincing this shoe is for you? If style mavens such as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Alexa Chung and Miranda Kerr have all been spotted in them, what’s stopping you? From teaming The Slide with your fav jeans and tee combo, to toughening up a cute floral dress, the outfit opportunities are endless, not to mention forever stylish. Get a pair now (or multiple, you really will love them that much), and prepare to enter a world of utter shoe happiness. Your feet can thank us later.
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