The slide sandal trend, popularly (and unfairly?) deemed “ugly-chic,” first hit the fashion scene in 2016. That’s when we noticed A-list style icons stepping out in adidas slip-ons usually reserved for gym locker rooms. And designers were quick to catch on, serving up revamped versions of the shoe in bright hues, sleek leather, and even a bit of fur. What takes these sandals from shower standard to summer staple? It all depends on how you wear them. Scroll to see eight ways to wear this season’s slide.
1. Off Duty
Fit and cut are super important when styling slip-ons with denim. A cropped straight leg is your best bet, and a cool white tee and bomber jacket keeps it easy. Your look says off-the-clock but stays on point.
2. The Mini
Slides pair perfectly with a mini skirt because they don’t shorten the length of your leg like boots or sneakers. Silver hardware adds just the right amount of embellishment to make these sandals an accessory, not just a shoe.
3. The Simple Shift
It’s all about simplicity when wearing slides with a dress. We absolutely love the clean, streamlined shape of a shift—the mod feel doesn’t hurt, either.
4. Baby Blues
Knotted slides are everything this season—and so is baby blue. Let’s put the two together, shall we? Stick to our straight-cut-and-cropped-pants rule and you’ll slay this look.
5. Pop of Red
Go bold! A pair of colorful slides is the perfect dose of color for a more subdued outfit. Plus, red is on fire this season, so just cuff those hems and let your ankles shine.
6. Suited Up
Think slides are just reserved for casual outfits? Try again. A formal pantsuit is super cool with a pair of silver studded sandals. The trick here is to wear pants that are extra long—you want just a hint of the shoes to show for an unexpected twist.
7. Easy Does It
Leather slides and a wrap skirt go together like peanut butter and jelly. This outfit works best when styled simply—a cropped tank and sleek tote prove less is more.
8. Hot White
Take a page out of Gigi Hadid’s style book (she wore something similar in NYC) and dress up Rihanna’s fuzzy Puma slides with a slip dress. Finish with a fuzzy cardigan draped over your arm.
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