So, what's the hot topic currently creating emotional fracking by the office water cooler? This week - velcro sandals!
J’ADORE, says Muddy associate editor Kerry Potter
I’ve always had a soft spot for Teva sandals. Two decades ago I spent the best summer of my life camping in the south of France, working for an outdoor activities centre by day and running wild with a huge gang of pals by night. The only pair of shoes I owned were my beloved Tevas. So when I saw them popping up again recently all over Instagram, I had to smile. Yes, they’re ridiculously ugly but they’re as comfy as hell. And I love how they’re defiantly anti-fashion – I mean, they have Velcro straps, goddammit. Before you condemn them out of hand, I urge you to do your research and you might be surprised by what you find. Take a look at super-cool Japanese label Suicoke on Matchesfashion.com and Arizona Love’s cult boho handmade bandana sandals, below, crafted from vintage scarves and adorning the feet of every fashion influencer around right now. You can easily avoid the ‘Theresa May on a walking holiday’ vibe by wearing them with a chic midi dress. Go on, embrace your inner nerd.
J’ABHOR, says Muddy’s Jo Sutherland
Birkenstocks I can just about countenance, but hiking sandals? They can, well, take a hike, quite frankly. They might be deeply, mystifyingly fashionable right now but the only people who should have velcro on their shoes are those not yet old enough to manage buckles. Tevas and the like have so many terrible connotations that I just can’t get past – geography teachers; competitive dads with bored kids on a route march along a cliff top walk; campers, gap year students and their incessantly boring tales of travelling around Thailand and how they managed to eat for three weeks on a budget of 65p. I get the arguments about comfort and practicality but with all the amazing flat shoes around at the moment, there’s absolutely no need to compromise on style. I’ll stick to my Veja trainers, thank you.
Need to examine the evidence? Here are five of the best (or worst, depending on your viewpoint) hiking sandals!
Checkerboard sandals, £168, Suicoke at Matchesfashion.com
Blue bandana sandals, £115, Arizona Love
Original patterned sandals, £40, Teva
Gem-encrusted teal sandals, £129, Kurt Geiger at asos.com
Coral sandals, £25.99, Pull&Bear at asos.com
What do YOU think? Let us know in the comments below and keep an eye out for our next J’adore/ J’abhor poll on Muddy’s Instagram Stories