Slide Into My DMs
If you’ve gone barefoot this whole lockdown, maybe it’s time to slip into something more comfortable, yet attractive. Behold, the easy-breezy slide, the veritable quarantine shoe of choice.
Dressier than the humble flip-flop but just as comfy, slides are in its essence backless, open-toed shoes that your bare feet can “slide” into, and are a wonderful upgrade of footwear for working-from-home. After all, Elle.com, in its summer footwear roundup this year written by Julia Harvey, declared that “…with socks and slippers the new go-to accessories, it’s time to upgrade to something that resembles a real shoe.”
The best thing about slides is that you can dress them up or down. Lounging about with a cup of tea in linen shorts? White fabric slides are your friend. Going out for a quick, socially-distanced meeting with a client? A pair of leather slides with a low heel will make you look polished. And if you want something closed-toe for the rainy season, try the slides’ first cousin—mules—which are more chic, but still relaxed.
Classic Filipino weaves and fine craftsmanship characterize these one-of-a-kind slides (and mules!) that will make a statement.
Local charm (left to right): Sinta Double Strap Slide in Solihiya, Inné; Bakawan Sandal with Hand-carved Wooden Heel from Paete, Risque Designs; Multicolored Abaca Banig Mule with Denim, Ai-She.
Want something a little bit more professional-looking? Handmade leather slides fit the bill. Annie and Lori’s modern bakya (traditional wooden clogs) even appeared in British Vogue.
Polished comfort: Nicola Modern Bakya, Annie & Lori (left); Joey Slides, Risque Designs.
If you have reached peak quarantine fatigue, slip into these beautiful and dainty numbers for a quick fashion pick-me-up.
Epitome of Sweetness (clockwise from top left): Irina Slides, Annie & Lori; Hand-painted and Beaded Chesca Slides, Ai-She; Hand-painted Leather Slip-ons, Shoes of August, through Stride Collective.
Photos: Ai-she, Inne, and Risque product photos, Toto Labrador; Annie & Lori header photo and other images courtesy of the brands’ Instagram.