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Culture & Style: Poolsides

Spring may have finally arrived but, already we’re thinking about Summer and by summer, we mean summer holidays which of course means, a new wardrobe. Each season we see key must-have pieces of our wardrobes but, this summer’s must-have is a rather controversial one. In tune with the 90’s revival this season, we’re seeing the return of the poolside flat. Or if you prefer: the slider, pool slides, beach flats or even the Birkenstock revival. Call it what you like, they’re back.

We’ve all heard of ‘ugly chic’. But let’s face it; this one is a difficult trend to pull off – we’re not 90’s Kate Moss rocking Birkenstocks for Corinne Day. Yet, designers such as Celine (who has embraced this trend since spring ‘13), Chloe, Givenchy, Isabel Marant, Helmut Lang (just to name a few) are making them spring/summer ‘14 must-haves. Fashion houses cannot get enough of the poolside flat. Yes, 2013 saw Adidas embrace the socks and sandal combo creating a quirky #socknslides campaign for their Adidas Adilette pool slides. But, was it enough to make slides (even socks and slides) cool? Can it ever be made cool?

Well, high street giants Topshop and Zara are saying yes and making this trend even more accessible, allowing us to pick up a pair of our very own from £20. But, do you really want a pair?

To some, these shoes are dated, ugly and lend themselves to comfort and unfashionable dads rather than youth and style. Yet, with designers injecting glamour and effortless style to this previously unglamorous shoe, doesn’t it make them a hate-to-love trend? These shoes allow us to access the comfort and the glamour that we want on holiday. What more could we ask for? Just don’t tell your dad.






Written by Paige Hartley.

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