Get ready for flip-flop socks – latest bizarre fashion trend sweeping social media.
Said to offer “half the fabric with double the comfort”, the socks (if you can call them that) are designed to leave half the foot exposed, providing that perfect middle-ground for all kinds of weather.
Online sales of flip-flop socks have taken off recently. Websites such as eBay and Gumtree are selling them in myriad colours, patterns and sizes.
On Instagram and craft website Etsy, canny knitters have found a thriving market for their individual creations – which sell for as much as $40 a pair. Happy buyers describe the quirky socks as “life changing”, and the “most comfortable … they’ve ever worn”.
“I’ve never worn socks like these before, but I like the paw prints,” one Instagram user said.
While another user said: “I never leave home without them”.
Flip-flop socks are rapidly becoming a post-pedicure essential (warm feet, dry toes). They’re also popular in yoga circles because the open heels allow the mastery of many poses without slipping or getting cold feet.
Passing trend or here to stay?
Flip-flop socks might be the hottest thing on the internet right now. But they are really just the latest in a string of bizarre fashion trends, from Moschino’s dry cleaner dress to Balenciaga’s car mat skirt, and crotchless jeans and even Maison Margiela pre-destroyed sneakers.
Elsewhere, the internet went into meltdown in August when photos emerged of Kanye West wearing socks with slides at rapper 2Chainz’s wedding.
West, who attended the wedding with his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, was heavily criticised online – not least because the slides too small for him.
West, 41, took to Twitter to claim inspiration from traditional Japanese footwear.
Don’t copy Kanye and wear overly small sandals with a suit.. it doesn’t work for him and won’t work for you 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/N34ofX3a8l
— D R E D A Y (@dredaydurham) August 19, 2018
But other celebrities have also embraced the weird fashion trend, including Kardashian’s sister Kendall Jenner, actor Bruce Willis and singer Rita Ora.