Just when you thought Kanye West couldn’t stir the pot further, he comes out with an outfit all but guaranteed to tear the internet in twain. Begone Balenciaga boots: Kanye now wears socks and sandals.
But these aren’t just regular sandals. Ohhhh no, that’d be too basic for someone like Kanye. Kanye’s style is so advanced, in fact, that the rapper has eschewed typical sock-and-sandal fare like Birkenstocks for studded flip-flops.
The footage don’t lie, folks. Kanye, the man behind the billion-dollar sneaker brand and fashion empire, stepped out to Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2023 fashion show on September 26 wearing nothing on his feet but black socks and silver-accented flip-flops.
You can’t make it up! I’ll let the obvious reaction speak for itself.
Let’s start with the actual outfit, first.
Kanye’s clothing is pretty par for the course these days: he’s got a grey hoodie, massive beard, leather shirt, another leather shirt tied around the waist (perhaps a nod to the Riccardo Tisci Givenchy era that Kanye so enjoyed), and matching leather pants.
So far so normal. And then, we get to the feet.
I mean, what do I say? My man is literally wearing socks and flip-flops.
It’s hard to tell whether Kanye or one of his kids DIY’d the studded thong or if the sandals came like that, given that Ye’s foot obscures the footbed logo. The fact that there’s some sort of heel strap certainly implies that these aren’t just a customized pair of Havaianas, though.
Hard to say that this is an upgrade from the knee-high boots that’ve been Kanye’s signature for the past year but, uh, it’s definitely something.
No YEEZY SHDZ or YEEZY GAP in sight, which is probably for the best: let these studded sandals speak for themselves.
Just prior to arriving in London, Kanye posted what I have to admit is a pretty funny Instagram Story on September 25.
I’d say that makes up for the studded sandals, so he’s at least one for two today. Better than nothing.