Kanye West’s latest choice of footwear is impeccably, unfathomably chic. Beloved of an elderly lady on an all-inclusive cruise, or perhaps a Love Island-er at home, the rapper wore a spangled pair of flip flops to Burberry’s rescheduled SS23 show today, its straps adorned in chunky square-cut diamantés. Though they seemed to have been inhabited by the ghost of Per Una past, the shoes were in fact fresh off Riccardo Tisci’s runway (maybe), where feet seemed to be the modus operandi – all lengthy toes hooked over sliders and poking out from monogrammed hosiery.
The beard. The hood. The leather jacket pulled to an uncomfortable close. The eyebags imprinted onto the visage. The arms magnetised to his side. The bedazzled flip flops an absolute embodiment of the word “zhuzh”. This is an image of a man who is simultaneously on the edge of self-annihilation and at the zenith of style. Which is perhaps the only way to dress. Is this the latest chapter in YEEZY’s ongoing footwear saga? Will we see hypebeasts piling into their local Marks & Spencers for a gorgeous pair of summer sandals? Will fashion publications rush to deign 2022 the year of HRT couture? What are those?! Those are his toes.