Comfortable, reliable, and stylish footwear? Introducing spring/summer 2020's It shoes, the thong slippers and sandals
If you ask a Singaporean what the greatest fashion sins of our country folk are, chances are "slippers" would rank very highly. Flip flops and sandals, those great banes of casual culture, have their time and place to be sure, but these days an upgrade that's both fashionably and stylistically acceptable seems due. You can thank, like so many other trends he's sparked, Daniel Lee of Bottega Veneta for that.
Although Lee's put out a host of veritable ugly-chic shoe designs, the heeled thong is perhaps one of this spring/summer 2020 season's biggest footwear trends to catch on. It's reminiscent of a trendy '90s moment — a decade that's in the throes of a revival — and can be, surprisingly, rather sexy. Just angle your picks towards the more stringy, strappy designs. The design nomenclature around these tend towards "minimalist" and "naked", which is one way of saying that these shoes should show off loads of skin on your feet and create an illusion of being almost barefooted.
The less sexy, more pragmatic flipside of the casual shoe upgrade is the platform sandal. It's got the upside of optimum comfort (it's kind of a flat, right?) balanced with the boost of height that heels normally afford you. Prada started a trend for high fashion trekking sandals a few seasons ago, but the reigning aesthetic has broadened a little to include stylistic cues from oversized sneakers. As with the thongs, platform sandals have their own throwback appeal — remember the iconic cartoon Lizzie McGuire's choice of footwear?
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