Kanye West apparently teams up socks and sandals

Written by Lea Dolan, CNN

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Fashionable for some, and a faux pas for others, wearing socks with sandals has been a sartorial boundary that many celebrities have transgressed.

Recently, models Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner were spotted running errands last year, while earlier this summer Bella Hadid was spotted wearing a pair of preppy white ankle socks and black strappy sandals in New York.
But Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, took it to the next level – with a stronger take – wearing a pair of black socks with jeweled flip flops when he attended the postponed London Fashion Week show from Burberry on Monday.

Kanye West debuted his jeweled flip flops at Burberry’s London Fashion Week showcase. Credit: Ricky Vigil M/GC Images/Getty Images

Ye’s rhinestone-encrusted flip-flops appear to be a pre-release from Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection, the latest to be overseen by outgoing creative director Riccardo Tisci. Inspired by the community spirit of the British seaside, all of the brand’s latest runway looks – even black velvet party dresses – include a pair of color-matching flip flops.

Needless to say, the look turned out to be split online. “Kanye I love you but socks with flip flops ain’t it…never,” one Twitter user wrote. Another added: “I don’t care about the cost of the seesaw, it’s a hell no for me.”

But others, including self-proclaimed sandals and socks wearers, said they felt seen. “Ouisss Kanye please make sandals with cool socks so I can stop being persecuted,” read a comment on Twitter. “I used to do this before Kanye,” added another. “I have receipts.”

Of course, Ye is no stranger to unconventional shoes. Through offerings like the Yeezy Slides and the now-iconic Webbed Foam Runner line, the artist has used his partnership with Adidas to push the boundaries of shoe design. In 2020, the Yeezy Boost 350 was the second most traded sneaker on the Stock X resale platform, beating Nike’s Air Force 1.
Ye with outgoing Burberry creative director Riccardo Tisci.

Ye with outgoing Burberry creative director Riccardo Tisci. Credit: David M. Benett/Getty Images

But his fashion risks don’t always pay off. In August, Yeezy’s collaboration with the Gap drew criticism after Ye allegedly asked stores to display the new collection in containers resembling giant trash bags. “Love Kanye,” wrote one Twitter user at the time, “but couldn’t imagine paying $200 for basic clothes in a bag on the floor.” In a interview with Fox News, Ye defended the displays, saying he was an “innovator,” who doesn’t “apologize for his ideas.”
Beyond her own red carpet moments, including wearing head-to-toe Dickies workwear at the 2019 Met Gala, Ye’s eclectic style often spills over into her romantic partners’ wardrobes. In an episode of Hulu’s reality series “The Kardashians,” his ex-wife Kim Kardashian said, “Kanye has always dressed me, he’s always done my hair.” Earlier this year, his former lover Julia Fox told Interview Magazine that on one of their dates, Ye filled an entire hotel suite with clothes.
You photographed leaving the Burberry show.

You photographed leaving the Burberry show. Credit: Neil Mockford/GC Images/Getty Images

Whether it’s the face-covering “Donda” ski mask he wore to Paris Fashion Week last year or his dazzling Burberry socks and sandals, Ye’s outfits are undeniably conversation starters. While some might call it a dangerous chest of drawers, this latest example is — at least in terms of fall fashion — pretty practical.

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