If you think athleisure is on its way out, think again. The ground-gaining fashion movement has crept all the way down to the feet, where it’s resurrected a decades-old footwear style: the slide sandal. A staple of sportswear brands like Adidas and Nike, the backless, flat shoe showed up in the spring and summer 2017 collections of top-tier designers like Miu Miu, which recently unveiled a candy-colored selection of satin and faux fur-covered slides, some adorned with rows of pearls.
Jewelry aside, much of the shoe’s appeal has to do with its subtlety. “Slides are, by nature, easy and effortless,” says Jessie Randall, designer and co-founder of the New York-based footwear brand Loeffler Randall, which launched in 2004. “A relaxed, luxurious vibe is having a moment now in fashion. Our Loeffler Randall girl loves to wear things that are laid-back, but can also be dressed up, so slides make perfect sense for our company.”
Randall’s slide of choice is the brand’s Lulu shoe, a closed-toe mule she considers part of her everyday uniform and prefers to pair with cropped, high-waisted jeans. With warmer temperatures on the horizon, though, the brand has debuted its Kiki flat slide, a single-banded, open-toe leather sandal topped with tassels—the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.
By Tess Eyrich