WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT
After a year in house slippers, pool slides and beach sandals have never been so chic. From Hermés Oran to Bottega Veneta’s terry slides, these are the sandals to slide into this season.
The slider has come a long way since the days of sportswear and rubber – though there’s still a place for both in our wardrobes. Sporty logos and shoes made from materials usually reserved for your grandparents’ nightwear have made their way to the forefront of high summer fashion. Much like house slippers, slides are, by definition, comfortable. Good news for those of us that got used to shearling and fleece during the long, hard mishap that was 2020. If ironic anti-fashion and rainbow-coloured plastic aren’t your thing, there’s a glut of classic summery sliders in refined silhouettes with artisanal touches to choose from. Hermés’ Oran and sold-out Chypre epitomise the effortlessly elegant look. From Bottega Veneta’s Sponges to Prada’s ‘90s style, these are our favourite slides for 2021.
Artisanal stitching, woven raffia and creamy shades of yellow and white make these the perfect slides for blissed-out days off. To refer to Hermés’ coveted Oran sandals merely as slides is to do them a disservice. Made for holidays on the Côte d’Azur and Aperols in Positano (or rosé on the streets of Soho – whatever works.)
TERRY & RUBBER
Terry towelling and rubber might not be the first things that spring to mind when considering the concept of ‘chic’, but Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga have made it so. Tactile and practical, they’re the sunbed-baggers best friend when vying for a prime spot by the pool. Bonus point? No need to towel your feet off after a dip. Multifunctional fashion at its finest.
THE CHUNKY BLACK SLIDER
Suitable for the city or the beach (think: Pedro Ximenez cocktails in Palma), chunky black slides are our ride-or-die accessory for summer escapes. Check Prada for sleek ‘90s minimalism, Jimmy Choo’s diamanté version for a dose of Euro-glam or the Rick Owens X Birckenstock collab for a touch of the holiday avant-garde.
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