Before you freak out, we know cutting off the back of your shoes seems crazy because, well, it totally is. Basically, this all started when a meme-y photo of all-white Nike Air Force Ones that got hacked into very (very) DIY slippers took over our Twitter feed. Even though most people publicly shamed this slashed set of sneaks, one person mentioned that it could actually be pretty cool—if only it were executed better. So, since it's summer, and we're feelin' free, we decided to do just that: cut up a pair of Nikes in hopes we could make it look less insane and, heck, maybe even wearable. Check out how it all went down (in GIFs!) below.
STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS
Congrats! You've decided to cut up a great pair of shoes for the sake of fashion. To start, you're gonna need some sneakers (duh). We swiped up a pair of pre-worn Nike BRS Classics ($40) at Crossroads, but, hey, if you want to splice up a pair of brand new sneaks, we won't judge. You'll also need a pencil with an eraser, a multi-purpose utility knife ($6), and super glue ($6).
The mule emoji has it rough. It's often overlooked as it sits next to the striking, bright red stiletto, which frequents exciting text messages like, "Just went shopping!!!" or "Let's go out, betches!!!" But IRL, the nude mule is actually super hot right now. The thick '90s peep-toe heel in a solid, neutral tone is making a serious comeback as the go-to warm-weather shoe, and we've got buttloads of proof. First up, a pair of nude mules from Topshop ($110) that look like an exact replica of the original emoji. (It's kinda freaky.) The coolest part? That heel is actually metallic gold! Urban Outfitters ($100) also carries a stacked wooden heel version, which is perfect for everyday use.
It's time to officially admit it: Beyonce and Blue Ivy Carter are our favorite fashion duo of 2014. (Don't worry, Bey and Jay are a very close second.) Even when Blue Ivy was a wee babe, her sheer existence accentuated Bey's ensemble, and these days, she's discovering her own style—by raiding her mom's closet, obviously. Bey posted this 'dorbs photo of Blue Ivy sporting her stilettos making it look like she planned to match her designer heels with her summery orange floral frock—it's that good. It would be amiss to not mention that Blue Ivy is, in fact, following in her mother's footsteps, and we ain't mad at that! (But hold on, is she already dressing better than us, though? Worried.) Lucky for us mere commoners, Bey posted even more pics of her stylin' mama-baby hangs for a photo sesh we are calling "Queen B and Her BB."
Excuse my French, but I'm in France...and these ain't the real Red Octobers.
Photo: Getty Images
Picture this: You're a huge fan of Kanye West, and you're in Paris the week before his much-anticipated wedding to Kim Kardashian. You catch wind of where he might be in the next few hours, grab the prized Air Yeezy 2 Red Octobers you dropped a lot of coin for on eBay, and head over to the spot in hopes of catching his eye. You actually see Kimye and get RIGHT IN THERE. This is your moment. You're gonna get Yeezy to sign your Yeezys. You make eye contact, present your beloved scarlet kicks and a Sharpie, and Ye obliges with a massive grin. THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. And then he tells you they're fake. *screeeeeeeeching brakes* WHAT?!?!?!??
One Direction shoes because why not.
Photo: @onedirection Twitter
Have your feet been feeling decidedly un-British recently? Do you long to have signatures on your
sneakers (sorry) trainers? Are you very, VERY much into One Direction? Well, then, you're in luck—One Direction finally have shoes that fit all of your needs and desires. This morning on Twitter, the One Direction account announced that for the next five weeks they'd be sending a pair to five people who subscribe to their newsletter. Um, do you get to choose whose signature you get? Some people might only be interested in one specific pair, so, like, how do you guarantee you win the blue ones? Asking for a friend. Also, if this is a surprise, how do they obtain your shipping information and shoe size? While I wouldn't throw away a pair of Niall kicks that showed up on my doorstep (size 8.5 U.S. women's, please), I'd be weirded out that the people who run 1D's Twitter somehow found my address.
Jack Johnson + flip flops + Earth Day = well, right
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This is not a drill. Today is Earth Day, and Jack Johnson has just released a collection of eco-conscious flip-flops. I repeat, this is not a drill. If the idea of Jack Johnson putting out a line of laid-back sandals has you singing, "JJ Casuals, shoes that look like feet," to yourself, YOU'RE NOT ALONE. The moment this little announcement landed in my inbox, visions of Andy Samberg clad in a hemp necklace and oversized plastic Hobbit feet flooded my mind's eye. Immediately after that, I actually opened the press release.
Are Kanye's new shoes dropping in June?
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If you were awake for, like, half of last year, you’ll know that Kanye West has a lot of grievances with the fashion industry. Ye’s been airing out his issues for quite some time on the Yeezus tour, radio interviews, television, Twitter—you name it, he's covered it. Well, those fashion monologues eventually led to Kanye breaking off his relationship with Nike, who was at the center of much of his wrath after they kept pushing back the release date of the hotly anticipated Red Octobers (which surprise-dropped in February), and Adidas swooped in, offering Kanye a reported $10-million contract and the chance to design his own line for the sports brand.
Today in Germany, where Adidas is based, Kanye hosted a pep rally of sorts for the company, performing, monologuing, and revealing that—get excited—there’s a new Yeezy coming in June (whether that means we'll be able to get our hands on them then or if that's the timing of our first look is still unclear). Rather than the fired-up tone of his so-called "rants," Ye leaned more toward motivational speaker for this appearance. In his presentation, he shared on everything from sketching shoes in the fourth grade to how ranting is his oxygen and how he just wants to make “usable art.” Here are the best Yeezy-isms from his Adidas presentation.
The Bootiful Air Max 90
Photo: MTV Style
Today is Nike's inaugural Air Max Day, according to me! Just kidding, it's according to Nike. The company released their original Air Max sneaker on this day in 1987, see. And they've become such a mainstay, such a lamppost, such an icon, such a celebrated piece of air, such a timeless beaut', see, that the time for official celebration is NOW. And forevermore.
On a more personal note, the Air Max 90 changed EVERYTHING for me.
Somewhere in the cobwebbed corners of my parents' basement exists a VHS tape with evidence of my fifth grade dance recital thingy. I'm dancing with the cutest chap in school to Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch's "Good Vibrations," wearing my beloved Air Max 90s with pink accents. I hand-picked those sweet babes in big city Halifax thanks to a $100 gift certificate I won for drawing a picture. (The picture was of a Bart Simpson-looking dude dancing to music notes floating from his boom box, dressed in high tops, ripped jean shorts and a tank top. He has one hand on his crotch and the other behind his head.) Point is, I loved those sneakers, and they made me feel infinitely cool, so I wore those f*****s until they went to pieces. Like, I specifically remember examining the air bubble in its purest form, dangling from the sole. The Air Max 90s were the shoe that made my sneaker obsession become REAL.
Karlie Kloss wearing slides for 'Interview' and a pair of Adilettes
Photos: Interview Magazine/Adidas
Look at this foot. It's been over a year since the slow immersion of the athletic slide and its brethren into the annals of high fashion, and it hasn't exhausted itself yet: For one, this season in New York, rising label Houghton revisited Celine's furry Spring 2013 slippers, with similar versions in shearling and mohair for Autumn 2014. For two: A year on, designers are still pushing them in a direction you might not have imagined, or wished for—normcore, as it were, with the foot being the locus of all of normcore's attendant politics. Marni's Spring 2014 line, for instance, features flip-flops on a platform that align with the '30s spectator theme of the collection but also recall some of the more awkward moments of our late-'90s adolescence. (Damn, Marni, at least it's a platform—the further our feet are from the gross New York sidewalk, the better.)
Yeezy's all on ya sofa, dese da Red Octobers
SOOOOOO-PRISE! While you were chugging mimosas, Nike shock-dropped the Air Yeezy 2 "Red Octobers" at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday (February 9). With no warning, those rapscallions announced the release via Twitter. To which the world said, "SHUT UP AND TAKE OUR MONEY."
The shoes reportedly sold out in 11 minutes. (That's how long it took for the "it's ova" tweet to appear.) Any turkeys lucky enough to be paying attention were able to yoink pairs for a sensible $245 bucks each. Sneakerheads who were caught off guard could now pay upwards of $5,000, judging by the current "buy it now" prices on eBay. But buyer beware: Fake Red Octobers have been floating around for months!