Kim Kardashian’s $450 ‘Pedicure’ sandals mix luxury and everyday – Footwear News
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Kim Kardashian’s latest shoes are the most eclectic yet – and take direct inspiration from the nail salon.
The “Kardashians” star attended his son’s Saint West football game in Los Angeles in a relatively casual outfit: black leggings and an oversized black Balenciaga hoodie, paired with a pointed, tied bun. Kardashian’s shoes raised eyebrows at first glance, appearing to be a pair of black “pedicure” sandals. In reality, the style comes from Balenciaga.
Traditionally, single-use foam disposable sandals feature a thin sole with a curved silhouette and a strap to prevent nail polish from smudging. The lookalike version of Demna Gvasalia features a rubber upper with a rounded strap, textured insoles and a wavy split sole shaped like an exaggerated human foot. The Flip pair retails for $450, but FWRD offers the shoes for $270.
Kardashian’s unusual choice created a monochromatic, minimalist look. However, it’s also fashion’s latest iteration in a growing trend of giving everyday items the haute couture treatment. A few examples include Loewe’s Spring and Fall 2022 shoes, with surreal heels shaped like nail polish bottles, balloons and even broken eggs. The movement can also be attributed to shoes going viral in life as art over the years. Balenciaga’s snowboard-inspired cage sandals from 2007 are one of the most iconic examples, along with Christian Louboutin’s tape measure sandals from 2011 and a number of Charlotte Olympia shoes – which often include wedge-shaped heels. flamingos, butterflies and various fruits.
Kardashian’s shoe choice was also the latest in her “Balenciaga era,” which has seen the Skims founder dressed head-to-toe by Gvasalia in recent months. This latest shoe choice proves the star’s way of dressing is evolving towards warmer silhouettes, while staying true to her penchant for Balenciaga’s monochrome, futuristic ensembles.
The thong sandal has been a constant in spring and summer due to its minimalist shape. Featuring a flat sole with a slim toe and toe strap, pairs are regularly released in rubber and leather silhouettes from brands such as Birkenstock, Ancient Greek Sandals and Tory Burch. In recent months, styles have even been released featuring heels from many brands, including Magda Butrym, Steve Madden and Gianvito Rossi.
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