A few months ago I announced to the Fashionista office that I thought Adidas shower slides were coming back in style. Let’s just say not everyone was with me. I’m pretty sure Dhani looked at me like I was crazy. It didn’t help (or maybe it did?) that Amanda Bynes was photographed shortly afterward wearing them.
But it turns out I was onto something. Adidas slides, or ‘shower shoes,’ started popping up on the feet of the coolest girls on my Instagram feed. I began noticing them in fashion shoots too. And then, just a few days ago, Leah returned from Nonoo’s Resort presentation to tell me that several of the looks had been styled with my beloved Adidas slides.
“I just thought the Adidas shower sandals really spoke to something that’s kind of l’air du temps,” designer Misha Nonoo said of the decision. “I really feel that this is something that’s going to make a big comeback. They’re so comfortable, so graphic, it really works. The linear lines on the sandals worked with everything else we’re doing in the collection which is also really linear.”
It’s not as unlikely a comeback as you might think. Danielle Nachmani, a New York-based stylist whose clients include Vogue Nippon, Dossier and who styled Nonoo’s resort presentation, pointed out it’s really just a continuation of the athletic sneaker trend we’ve been seeing for a while now.
“There has been this great moment of mixing high end designer pieces with athletic shoes and moving to an athletic sandal just seems like the most obvious transition for spring/summer,” Nachmani said. They have all the cool girl, don’t-give-a-fuck ‘tude of Nikes or New Balances, but without all the foot sweat.
Dana Veraldi, who designs the popular t-shirt line Deer Dana and is an avid slides fan, describes their appeal thusly: “Sporty and comfortable yet clean and sleek.”
Comfort, if you hadn’t noticed, is key. “I like how easy they are to take on and off,” Veraldi said.
Of course, as with most things in fashion, it all goes back to Celine. “The clean lines and shape of the Adidas sandal are very much on point with where fashion accessories are going right now–the first example that comes to mind on a designer level is the Celine sandals in regards to shape and style,” Nachmani said.
Leave it to Phoebe Philo to make us all want to leave the house in shower shoes. Though if you’re going to actually try the trend, you’ll want to make sure the rest of your look stays far away from Frat Boy territory.
“I definitely think like any trend you will see it build in popularity but initially it will likely be people that understand how to make an Adidas shower sandal work with a look that is anything but sporty,” Nachami said. Nonoo’s resort collection definitely achieves that. Designer Nonoo told us she was inspired by “her high school uniform and how we put our own spin on things, the tweaks we made to be different.”
Convinced yet? Either way, they’re only $20, and, if all else fails, you can always wear them in the shower. Get them here.