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    With prints and tassels, the utilitarian ‘slip-on sandals’ get a stylish makeover

    Blame it on the Birkenstock, but the ugly shoe trend is showing no sign of dying out. Comfort is paramount with design houses like Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Prada giving a new twist to these classics with glitter, bows and chunky heels. And if celebrities  like Rebecca Hall and Vanessa Hudgens can step out in them this summer, we say it’s time you gave them a shot, too.

    Leafing through
    Charles-&-KeithThese may look great for a tropical getaway—with its summery palm fronds print—but we feel these rubber sliders from Charles & Keith also work for a city girl on the run. With a moulded base, it is also available in navy and a snake-print, Rs 4,799. At Phoenix MarketCity.
    Details: 30083716

    Rocking the blues
    Denim will never go out of fashion, and adding a luxe touch is J Crew’s Cyprus slides. With the brand calling them “jewellery for your feet”—detailed as they are with blue and white crystals—the pair with crossover straps is a great choice for lazy weekends. Rs 15,772 approx. Details: shopstyle.com

    Time to shine
    The Netrix Rose from Clarks ticks all the boxes for summer chic. With a metallic finish and a double (adjustable) strap silhouette, the leather and rubber soles are moulded for comfort. A great addition to your shoe rack. Rs 5,499. At the store on KNK Road. Details: 42020237

    Colour me happyAsos
    Get the colours of the rainbow in your stride. With wide woven textile straps and a cushioned footbed, these ASOS Flying Saucer slides are comfortable and flirty. Make them pop against white denim. Rs 3,050 approx.
    Details: asos.com

    Step up
    Experts claim there is nothing better than to team a pretty dress with an ‘ugly’ shoe. Who are we to disagree? Add some attitude to your wardrobe with these Michael Kors snakeskin-embossed leather sandals. With wide criss-cross straps, they complement the season’s jumpsuits and maxis. At UB City, Bengaluru. Rs 7,040 approx. Details: 09731600994

    All that bling
    Black can turn dowdy really quickly. Helping keep this Marks & Spencer suede slide safely in the realm of chic is the crystal-studded detailing. While its double strap ensures a great fit, its rubber sole will see you through any rough spots. Rs 4,522 approx. At Phoenix MarketCity.
    Details: 66513800

    Zara-1Mirror finish
    Make your feet the star of the show in these laminated pink track sole sandals from Zara. With adjustable Velcro straps, they promise comfort and style, all in one shot. Team with cropped pants and sling on a box bag when you next step out the door. Rs 2,890. At Phoenix MarketCity. Details: 30083700

    Print perfect
    Slides are no stranger to Bata. But the global footwear brand is giving it a touch of playfulness with floral and colourful camouflage prints. With a sole that provides good grip, slip into these for afternoons by the pool or a casual day out at the mall. Rs 2,499. At Express Avenue. Details: 28464646

    Go for gold
    Rochas’ top gun, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, gives a ‘statement’ touch to the slide with this metallic-gold leather variation. Decorated with pink and yellow fringing, sequins and crystals, they are great with an evening dress or a tailored pencil skirt. Rs 54,475 approx. Details: net-a-porter.com

    Surya Praphulla Kumar

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