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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stride On In Slip-Ons




Rodarte S/S14 Show; Source
 On a scale of 1 to 10 I used to rate slip-ons as a 5 in the shoe category. I know that is firmly in neutral territory but I didn’t have strong feeling either way about them. I had a fondness for them but not overly so. I have changed my mind somewhat about my prior rating. Why, you ask? The new versions are not as timid in appearance as the versions I was acquainted with previously. Case in point, the slip-ons featured in Rodarte's Spring 2014 runway show and those featured in Michael Kors 2014 Pre-Fall collection. In addition, those designed by Chanel are rather cute if I must say so.


Rodarte S/S14 Show; Source
Rodarte S/S14 Show; Source



Rodarte S/S14 Show; Source
Most slip-ons still aren’t as flashy as the type of shoes I tend to form a kinship with and to me most slip-ons tend to fit into the safe shoe choice category; however, safe is sometimes the best quality a shoe can have. After all, safe shoes are likely to be acceptable footwear for many different occasions and locales. Slip-ons are the opposite of more daring shoes like gladiator sandals. They are more akin to the shoes you wear when you don’t want your footwear to cramp your style. Let’s face it, if you desire to make a memorable entrance at a grand event slip-ons are probably not going to be the type of shoe that comes to mind. On the other hand, when you absolutely care about how your feet will feel near the end of a night of partying it is a great idea to have a pair of slip-ons at hand. This, I believe, is a reason that slip-ons won’t go away, ever. They are the perfect fit for many occasions when comfort rules. Have you noticed that even when slip-ons aren’t on the seasonal trends’ list people still wear them? This is the reason I consider them to be classic.


Michael Kors PF14; Source



Michael Kors PF14; Source



Michael Kors PF14; Source


What is there to hate about a pair of shoes that are as comfortable as a pair of slippers? I once had a pair of red espadrilles in my early teenage years that I absolutely loved. They were the end all be all for me. They can not be compared in monetary value to the Chanel espadrilles that are so popular now amongst the fashionistas whom can afford them but their personal value to me was beyond the stratosphere. I ran and jumped and generally did a lot of the things that tomboys do in my red beauties. I had what some might call an un-natural attachment to them. I should have known then that I would become a shoe hoarder. The point is that I think the reason I am not over the moon about slip-ons is because I just have not yet found the pair that can rival how I felt about those red espadrilles.

Of course, being the fashion enthusiast that I am I was prompted to research the history of slip-ons. The bottom line is that slip-ons were created many, many centuries ago; however, like many trends, they get recycled every now and then. I admit that regardless of how I feel about slip-ons I certainly understand their popularity. At least if a certain trend tends to return it can be the type of trend that doesn’t stand out for the wrong reason if you know what I mean. Neon, underwear as outwear, wearing socks with heels and so many other trends conjure up feelings of either hatred or adoration. Slips-ons are a type of middle of the road trend that does not generally incite such strong feelings. Commonly spotted on city streets and fashion runways it is their time to shine but somehow I believe when slip-ons are placed back on the not hot list they won’t stay on the list for long. Keep on striding in your slip-ons if you like, whether they are hot or not, because you can be assured that you will be in good company. Take a cue from the looks below to see just how to rock them whether they are hot or not.





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Of course with my curious nature I wondered about what actually defines a slip-on shoe. What I discovered is that a slip-on is described as a low shoe without laces. By this definition, and just as I had already concluded, several types of shoes such as loafers, espadrilles, smoking slippers and the currently over-the-top in popularity sneaker slip-ons fit into the slip-ons category. While I was out shopping this past weekend I could not help but notice slip-on sneakers in many store front windows. Whatever type of slip-on you choose to shod your tootsies in just know that despite the fact that slips-on may be hugely on-trend one year and less so the next they will always reign supreme in their level of comfort. If you want to sport your slip-ons every year you go right ahead and stride in comfort because what goes around comes around. Slips-on have proven that their versatility, comfort and many variations will ensure they stand the test of time.

Do you have a favorite pair of slip-on shoes? I would love to know. I look forward to your comments.

Thanks for reading my post.


46 comments:

  1. Mis favoritos son los de animal print". Ya los tengo..me encantan!!!!
    Feliz día!! Bsss

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    1. I like the nimal print slip-ons, as well. I am so glad you enjoyed the post, Emilia.

      Sharon

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  2. The slip-on shoes are very comfy, but I'll love the heels forever! ;)

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    1. I love my heels and so appreciate them as a petite woman. Thanks so much for your input, Carla. I am always glad when you visit.

      Sharon

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  3. OMG! I love flats! I use to be a heels only girl but as time goes on your feet starting yelling at you "what's wrong with you! These heels are killing me" lol.

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    1. Nice to hear from you, Christa. I am a heels girl most of the time but I have learned to appreciate flats as a necessity. My feet need a rest from heels, on occasion.

      Sharon

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  4. Great post Sharon!!! I agree with Carla Turco, heels forever! :-)

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    1. Both you and Carla are so right. I am in the heels club too. Thank goodness for them. They give me the extra height I need. My slip-ons are worn only when my feet get a bit sore. Thanks so much for your comment.

      Sharon

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  5. A great pair of loafers or ballet slippers are my favorite types.

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    1. Hi, Glenda:

      I always look forward to your insights. I remember my first pair of penny loafers. I begged my mom for a pair because all the cool girls in school wore them. I don't wear loafers nearly as much now but I do like the girliness of ballet slippers.

      Sharon

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  6. Love the pictures! X

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    1. Thanks, Carla. I am happy you visited.

      Sharon

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  7. oh I just love slip-ons!♥ they're so comfy and stylish at the same time!:)

    www.Lorietta.cz

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    1. Hi, Petra:

      Thanks so much for your comment. I appreciate your visit.

      Sharon

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  8. I'm just glad that slip-ons are very trendy right now because I wear a lot of them hahaha

    STYLE VANITY

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Alyssa. I think they'll remain popular this year but you know what I am all for wearing them even whey they are not trendy. They are so comfortable.

      Sharon

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  9. I have just bought a comfy pair of red slip on plimsoll/espadrilles for Summer from NEXT UK - I got them primarily to wear on the school run as if I'm in a hurry, heels just don't hack it. My last pair I bought from the French company La Redoute and they lasted 10 years of constant summer wear - they wore thin in the end! Nice article Sharon.
    www.bootsshoesandfashion.com

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I am still looking for the perfect red pair for me. I will definitely check out NEXT UK. I am finding now that I like to give my feet a rest from the heels, occasionally; particularly during the weekend.

      Sharon

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  10. Great collection dear, happy easter!
    xoxo
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    1. Thanks, Maja. Happy Easter to you too.

      Sharon

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  11. I love slip-ons, but I still haven't got a pair! I think I will do it very soon. Maybe I'll get a pair with the animal print.
    Have a nice weekend, Sharon
    Oriana

    www.stylexis.com

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  12. I like slip-on, there's very comfy if u have much walking..but heels is still my favourite..!!
    nice post..
    I love ur blog and I love too if we can follow each other..

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    1. Thanks so much. I am pleased you like the post. I will visit your blog for sure.

      Sharon

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  13. Great Post! I have to say I am so happy about the return of sneaker slip-ons! They are much more comfy than the mile high heels I have been wearing for the last decade.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed reading the post. I think the sneaker slip-ons are so cute and comfy.

      Sharon

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  14. Me encanta este tipo de calzado super comodo y estiloso!!
    Bsss
    http://unvestidorconideas.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Thanks for your comment. i agree with you. As much as I love heels, it is wonderful to have a comfortable alternative when I need it.

      Sharon

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  15. Loving all your inspiration! My fave slip ons at the moment are my Russell & Bromley's animal print moccasins... soooo comfy & stylish all-in-one!

    Sally x
    www.sallyfazeli.com

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    1. Thanks so much for your visit and comment, Sally. I am not acquainted with that brand. I will certainly check them out.

      Sharon

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  16. I'm not certainly a lover of slip-on shoes... Although I know I can't walk everyday with my heels, I find espadrilles and ballerina/flats more comfortable and lady-like... Slip-ons for me are more for an excursion day or something, but I don't really see them as a ''fashion-piece'' I would wear on my everyday :(
    Thank you so much for the comment on my blog.

    Amanda
    www.somethingfashion.es

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    1. Amanda:

      I appreciate your opinion. Slip-ons of the sneaker variety are not for everyone. I like espadrilles as well. I have a couple of ballerina flats that I just adore.

      Sharon

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  17. Those slip on are cute! Have a get one soon. Thanks for the visit.
    effortlesslady.blogspot.ca

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  18. Earlier I was showing the hubster these slip on I added to my birthday wishlist. Great post!

    Fabulousperks.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you. I hope you are gifted with those slip-ons you want.

      Sharon

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  19. Hi Sharon,

    Thank you for popping by my site! Love your comment =)
    As of now, I do not own a pair of slip on shoes thats my favorite, but after reading this post, I think I will have to go get myself a pair now.

    Keep up the great work!

    When you get a chance, check out my newest post up featuring a watercolor peplum dress: http://tornandpolished.blogspot.ca/2014/04/watercolor-peplum-x-sarah-stevenson.html

    Love,
    Trinh
    http://tornandpolished.com

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    1. Thanks for you lovely comments, Trinh. Your blog is wonderful. I enjoyed reading the peplum dress post. The dress is stunning.

      Sharon

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  20. Hi! Lovely blog and great post ❤️! We invite you to visit my blog :)

    kisses! ;)
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    1. Thank you. I am happy you decided to visit. I like your blog too.

      Sharon
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  21. I love to wear heels but I think it's a blessed to have this stylish shoes to wearing all the way! Love the Michael Kors print suit!
    Thanks for visiting Sharon, hope you wish to keep in touch sweetie!
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    1. I am a follower of your blog so I will definitely keep in touch. Thanks for visiting. I value your comment.

      Sharon

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  22. I am actually relieved that slip ons are now acceptable! I have a toddler and running after her in heels is wildly challenging….



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    1. I am sure chasing after a little one in heels is quite strenuous :). It is nice to hear from you, Alexis. Thanks for visiting.

      Sharon

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  23. these post is so cool love all the outfit so dope
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    1. Thank you, Oyebamire.
      It is cool that slip-ons are popular this year since they are so comfortable to wear.

      Sharon

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