In the summertime, it doesn’t get easier than slipping into a cushy slide sandal or flip flops; whenever you’re headed to the beach, running an errand, or taking your pandemic-purchased pooch for a stroll, the easy shoe works. With a new season creeping up, you don’t have to give up the comfort or ease of a casual sandal, thanks to fall’s assortment of cozy slip-on mules.
Despite their ultra-casual look, these backless flats are actually quite the style statement. Designers like JW Anderson, Proenza Schouler, Marni, The Row, and Valentino all give their own spin to a pair. Then there’s Rick Owens, who collaborated with none other than Birkenstock, the iconic brand behind the suede slip-on clogs. The soft, flat soles range from cork to leather and even some shearling-lining to ensure a cozy fit. Some of these styles also feature statement hardware, topstitching, and unexpected cuts to give these practical shoes their of-the-moment appeal needed to please the fashion folk. Name another type of shoe that goes with both a sweatsuit and, well, an actual tailored suit?
Most recently in Copenhagen, a couple of street style stars put this accessory trend to the test, stepping out in slip-ons paired with leather trousers, chunky knits, and lots of denim. What could be more fall forward than that? Whether you’re heading to fashion shows or running to the grocery store, it’s safe to say these shoes are bound to be the most comfortable and fashionable footwear choice.
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