Slides: the fashionista’s Croc


Growing up, I owned a pair of Dr. Scholl’s classic sandals. A wooden footbed with a small buckle strap and nailhead rivets. You know what I’m talking about, right? Mine were white. And usually paired with a denim skirt, a slap bracelet and my charm necklace. I was hewt.

Then after college, I bought the shoe again, this time the Burberry version of the Dr. Scholl’s original. I wore them to death. Dressed them up and down. The only reason they are still even in my closet is because the sole is so thick, made of wood and not easily destructible. So imagine when I saw the same shoe in J. Crew’s catalog this Spring. There they were in all their 80’s glory. I didn’t need to buy, just dusted off the ones in my closet and started wearing in lieu of my summer flip flop. Throw them on with capris, skirts, bermudas. Your toe’s stay cool and you look a more put together than had you worn those flip flops. Don’t have to bend over to put them on.  Just slide and go. Think of them as the fashionista’s croc. A total win-win.

Then I started seeing similar, fancier versions of the shoe pop up in stores. Still Dr Scholl’s at heart, but a little more elegant (sans chunky sole and with baubles added to the leather strap). Definitely more sophisticated – think Hermes scarf to the Dr. Scholl’s red bandana.  But still comfy. Still easy to throw on. Still wear anywhere. The specific slides I was eyeing were Fendi, spotted in Saks in Miami over Spring Break. $700. Kind of hard to justify, as the shoe doesn’t have a back, laces, buckle, or well, even sides. But no worries! There is a slide for everyone, despite how many zero’s you might have in your bank account.

So what are you waiting for? Give your toes a ride in the convertible of shoes. And let summer begin!



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(and at top: wearing my Dr. Scholl’s-esque sandals from a decade ago)


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