CULTED COMMUNITY TALKS: SOCKS AND SANDALS EXTREME EDITION

CULTED COMMUNITY TALKS: SOCKS AND SANDALS EXTREME EDITION

by Robyn Pullen
3 min
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Welcome to 2023: footwear has never looked weirder. Over the past few months we’ve seen some of the strangest footwear drops – from Christian Cowan’s Dipsy heels to MSCHF’s viral big red boots – but even we have to admit that none have been as wild as the pair of sandals we posted on TikTok this week. Our repost of a video by @overtimekicks which gained over 1.2 million views in a matter of days kind of divided the CULTED Community. Here’s what you had to say.

The TikTok itself, which featured a person sliding socked feet into a pair of heavy-duty metal sandals, wasn’t just crazy because of the unconventional style of the footwear itself; it was also because of the fact that they then walked vertically up a wall. Slotting the sandals into grooves in the side of a pillar, they worked as steps allowing the wearer to climb upwards.

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Raising questions around function over fashion, people took to the comment section to debate the practicality of the sandals. Whilst some were fighting their corner, like user @t4ree6 who commented “The design is very human”, others were a little hung up on the comfort of the design, with @fullmoonyeah who said “thats hurting my toes”.

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Plenty of people seemed to be hung up on how you actually wear the shoes, with @pfffffft asking “Sweet Jesus why is it not slipping 🙈” – because of the impeccable design, of course. Likewise, @baji_hairtie said “That toe grip is too strong”, trying to reason how the wearer was actually staying upright.

One user who had a pretty strong reaction to the design responded by simply commenting, “FlipFlops of Death…☠️😨” (via @alpha_octopus) and we have to say they do have a point. Whilst the flip flops might be practical they sure do look like something from Saw.

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In contrast @toxiicpositiviity saw the more functional side, saying “All it needs is a heel strap and baby I’m climbing condos”. With a pair of these bad boys on, peeking through your favourite celebrity’s windows was never easier! Will you be copping?

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