If you thought cargo pants, low rise jeans and neon were bad, then get ready for the latest naughties trend that didn’t need to be bought back: heeled thongs.
Already worn by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, it seems heeled thongs have made their way from the runway to the shops, turning up in various forms on luxury retailers in the last few months.
Gianvito Rossi’s version — which comes in three hues — features a strappy sling and stiletto-like heels. K Jacques St Tropez went with a wedge cork, Simon Miller opted for patent and Yeezy, as expected, tried their hand at neutral coloured tones in suede. But the verdict — honestly — it’s just a little too much.
Fashion writer Emilia Petrarca was one of the first to alert the world to the trend and Twitter, naturally, had a field day.
For those playing close attention, the heeled flip flop news won’t come as a huge surprise. First spotted on street style stars in Copenhagen and later on the runways in New York, regular, non-heeled thongs were one of 2018’s biggest shoe trends. Add to that the nude, strappy sandal obsession fashion is currently going through (show me an editor who doesn’t own The Row’s barefoot heel. Show me one.) and it really was inevitable that the two would birth one hybrid, hideous child.
As we’ve learnt from history, it’s only a matter of time before a Hadid, Jenner or Baldwin tries their hand at the once embarrassing tween shoe and, sigh, it’s all of a sudden everywhere. Ah, fashion.
Simon Miller 'Beep' heel, $534; netaporter.com
K Jacques St Tropez 'Diorite' sandals, $380; netaporter.com
Gianvito Rossi 'Calypso' sandal, $860; netaporter.com