These shoes, described as a cross between hospital sandals and clam-diggers, have swept the global footwear market since their debut at a nautical shoe salon in Florida in 2002. Marketed as “innovative” by their manufacturers, the shoes are supposed to combat sweat and bacteria with their composite material and ventilation holes. They are available in 17 colors.
In today’s pages of Le Monde, the inevitable criticism was handed down:
“They are terribly lacking in elegance, not to mention a total absence of femininity,” writes Sandrine Blanchard.
So mes amies, save these babies for the jardinage. Or just don’t go there at all.
After all, aren’t these comfortable alternatives?