Friday, June 22, 2018

From antiquity to today : Slip-ons are here to stay

The popularity of slip-on shoes and subsequent cross-over into high fashion corresponds to the incidence of terrorism in the West. Travelling fashionista prefer not to be held up at security points devesting themselves of cumbersome footwear and slip on styles maintain a casual nonchalance which allowed the fashionable slip-on revolution to begin. Several of the oldest known shoe styles was rediscovered in the latter part of the 20th century from clogs, sheepskin slippers to sandals all heavily promoted by popular daytime television.

(Video Courtesy: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Youtube Channel)
In 1966, German-American designer Margot Fraser, discovered Birkenstocks on a trip to Germany and took them back to San Francisco. They were initially slow merchandise to move but once the hippies discovered them, everything changed. Birkenstocks have been made since 1774, and an evergreen in Europe.

The sandals have remained “cyclically fashionable” throughout the latter half of the 20th century but reappeared in 2012, when Phoebe Philo, then the creative director of Céline, resurrected the slides as fashion icons on the catwalk.

One other European Granny sandal to cross the fashion divide was the Worishofer sandal, Once considered the orthpaedic shoe of choice for the discerning stiffy, when reference was made to hiw comfortable they were on an influential shopping magazine in the US, they were soon spotted on the feet of celebrity icons like Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams . By 2010, the Worishofer sandal had become the sandal of choice for Blue Rinse fashionista.

(Video Courtesy: crocs Youtube Channel)

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