The Age of Adilettes

Slide Into Summer

Since its invention in 1972, the sporty adilette slide has won the praises of Germans. It’s a simply molded footbed with one, striped wide strap. In recent years, adidas has created variations on its classic slide, meant mostly to be worn as a swim, shower or after-sports shoe. On the German adidas website, it’s even possible to design your own.

Over the last few seasons—as early as Chloé’s 2013 resort collection—luxury designers have borrowed the adidas formula and have refashioned it as an easy, breezy warm weather must-have. Maybe it has never really gone away, and maybe it’s here to stay. However you may feel, they are around at least for this coming summer. Here is the original adilette next to its re-styled counterparts, available now online. -sc