Kanye West is apparently team socks and sandals

Written by the author Leah Dolan, CNN

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Fashion forward for some, and a faux pas for others, wearing socks with sandals has been the sartorial line that many celebrities are pushing.

Most recently, models Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner were seen owning the look last year, and earlier this summer, Bella Hadid was spotted wearing white ankle socks and black sandals while out and about in New York City.
But Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, took it to the next level – with a louder take – wearing a pair of black tights with bejeweled flip-flops as he attended Burberry’s London Fashion Week show on Monday.

Kanye West presented his quirky flip flops at Burberry’s London Fashion Week show. Credit: Ricky Vigil M/GC Images/Getty Images

Ye’s diamond-encrusted flip-flops appear to be a preview of Burberry’s spring-summer 2023 collection, the latest from outgoing creative director Riccardo Tisci. Inspired by Britain’s seaside community spirit, all of the label’s latest runway looks—even the velvet evening gowns—feature color-matched flip flops.

Needless to say, the look was divisive online. “I love you Kanye, but socks with flip flops are not…ever,” one Twitter user wrote. Another added: “I don’t care how much the flip flops cost, that’s not a damn thing to me.”

But others, including those wearing sandals and socks, said they felt watched. “Yes Kanye please make sandals with socks to stop bullying,” read one comment on Twitter. “I was doing it like this before Kanye,” said another. “I received the receipts.”

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

Riccardo Tisci with Burberry’s creative director. Credit: David M. Bennett/Getty Images

But her fashion risks don’t always pay off. In August, Yeezy’s collaboration with Gap drew criticism after Ye ordered the store to display the new collection in containers that resembled giant trash cans. “I love Kanye,” one Twitter user wrote at the time, “but I couldn’t imagine paying $200 for basic clothes from a bag on the floor.” in one the conversation Speaking to Fox News, Ye defended the screens as an “innovator” who is “unapologetic about his ideas.”
Beyond her red carpet moments, which included wearing head-to-toe Dickies workwear to the 2019 Met Gala, Ye’s eclectic style often spills over into the wardrobe of her romantic partners. In an episode of Hulu’s “The Kardashians,” his ex-wife Kim Kardashian said, “Kanye has always dressed me, he’s always styled me.” Earlier this year, his former love interest Julia Fox told Interview Magazine that during one of their dates, Ye filled an entire hotel suite with clothes.
She pictured leaving the Burberry show.

She pictured leaving the Burberry show. Credit: Neil Mockford/GC Images/Getty Images

Whether it’s the ski mask covering “Donda” she wore at Paris Fashion Week last year or the glamorous Burberry tights and sandals, Ye’s outfits are definitely conversation starters. While some might consider it risque, this latest example is, at least as far as fall fashion goes, quite practical.