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Socks and sliders are back in fashion but should you really wear them?

Kim K would say yes.

21 Sep 2018

Should you ever wear sliders with socks?

'No' would be the obvious answer to this question, but fashion has mined much from the Nineties - some good, some bad - and the dubious trend for sliders with socks falls into the latter category.

And if David Beckham can wear a red pair with his brown Birkenstocks for a British Vogue shoot in the September issue, it's worth taking note of.

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It first came about in the summer of 2014 - Celine, Gucci and Chloe put them on the catwalk and people such as Elle Fanning and Rihanna began wearing them. It mattered not that they fell off with such ease; that the slapping noise they make is both annoying and loud or that they make your bits inbetween your toes sweat profusely. They were edgy apparently, and East End boys and girls merrily followed suit.

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This retro sports-cum-West-Coast-gangster look has been supported by not only David Beckham, but also Rita Ora, er, Snoop Dogg and most recently Rihanna. Some fashion outlets have declared that the trend is acceptable just so long as you team your sliders with matching Adidas white socks.

We have several problems with this look and it's not solely related to its fugly, man-repelling aesthetic - fashion has always created clothing that doesn't fit in with stereotypical forms of beauty, which is great - but this seems just a bit ridiculous.

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Sliders are meant for the summer, for airing feet and, in its original form, wearing by the pool. It's either too cold for sandals or it's too hot. Why then do they need to be worn with socks? It's mystifying, but fashion is not always there to be understood, just obeyed apparently. Oh fashion.

Do as you will, but just think of how you'll feel looking back on yourself dressed like Snoop Dogg in 10 years time.