Thats right, flip flops are out. Slides are in. And this is a good thing.
Don't get me wrong. I love the first day in late Spring I wear my flip flops outside the house. My feet feel cool, my toes are breathing. After Winter, it almost feels risqué to leave the house in bare feet. That feeling stays with me for about 20 minutes. Then it's replaced by a stiff achy pain in the arch of my foot and a red, hot, raw feeling in between my two first toes. A dual thought-process begins: when can I take these f@#king things off because I AM SO MISERABLE RIGHT NOW and, this is a necessary evil because I am breaking in my feet for summer.
Well not any more! Slides! I'm obsessed.
With slides you get cool feet and breathing toes, they're so much gentler on your feet and they look fantastic.
The best distinction between a flip flop and a slide is the part that goes across the top of your foot: the 'upper'. A flip flop's upper is a thin band that is secured between your toes, and causes the SLAP SLAP SLAP sound that reverberates through hallways and causes people on the subway to look up from their books. A slide's upper is one or multiple wide bands that causes the sole of the shoe to hug your foot and allows you to slide into meetings late and unnoticed.
Slides are versatile. Most shops are showing them with leather uppers in all kinds of colours, which take you from day to night with sophisticated style. My favourite have criss-crossed black leather uppers and cork soles.
You probably own a pair of slides already. Got Birkenstocks? Yep, those are slides. Which explains why everyone from the Olsens to Gisele was running around in Birks last summer, why they sold 130 million pairs last year and why they just made a pair in gold leather. Got Adidas deck shoes? You guessed it: slides. Now, imagine those in black leather. Swoon.
Flip flops are a sign to the world that you have not put much thought into what is on your feet. And for some outfits that's perfect. But if you want to present an image of thoughtfulness, care and sophistication, or if you're sick of having all of Queen Street and the Bloor-Danforth Line stuck to your feet, graduate your summer look to a pair of slides.
I guarantee you will not regret it.