Kanye West is starting another wacky footwear trend for men - diamond-studded flip flops with socks

Make Flip Flops Fashionable Again (Pictures: Getty)

Balk if you want at Kanye West’s fashion choices, but you can’t deny that he’s a man who knows how to start a trend.

His futuristic-looking Yeezy sneakers were joked about when they first came out, now everyone and their mother are wearing chunky rubber trainers. Similarly, the tonal neutral outfits Kanye’s brand showed on catwalks were initially mocked, yet these days you can’t move on the high street for identical pieces.

And the rapper has now done it again, debuting a footwear look that defies expectations of men’s fashion.

At the Burberry Spring/Summer 2023 show in London this week, Ye donned a black leather two-piece along with his trademark hoodie, as well as a pair of diamond-studded flip flops worn with black socks.

It’s a marked change from Kanye’s usual shoe choice of Yeezys or oversized biker boots, and from his preference for minimal embellishment.

Given the artist released a song, Diamonds from Sierra Leone, about the links between the the jewellery trade and the country’s civil war, it stands to reason that Ye may have gone for a more ethical option with these bedazzled sandals.

Kanye West seen attending the Burberry Spring / Summer 2023 aftershow party at The Restaurant at The Twenty Two

Kanye wore the sparkly sandals to Burberry’s LFW show in Bermondsey (Picture: Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)

While they may look like something your mum would pick up ahead of a family holiday, these aren’t your regular flop flops. In fact, they were fresh from the runway at the Burberry show, the brainchild of outgoing Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci.

They’re not available to purchase yet, but sandals from the British brand typically range from £250 to £650 (and these may be more depending on the gemstones used).

Let’s talk about the socks, too. The love/hate Tabi shoes by Maison Margiela feature a split between the big and second toes, and Kanye seems to have recreated them with this ‘fit.

Is it a game changing style choice or just a product of getting dressed in the dark? Only time will tell.

Whether socks and flip flops will catch on remains to be seen. Before you write the combination off, though, remember you might be wearing it in a few months’ time.

Get the look

If you want to steal Kanye’s studded flip flop look, you don’t need to wait until Burberry drop their SS23 collection.

Try these alternatives instead to get ahead of the curve.

Bear in mind, you may need to shop in the women’s section, but there’s a decent size range for most people.

FitFlop IQushion Sparkle Flip-Flops

FitFlop IQushion Sparkle Flip-Flops

Bonus points, these are super comfy too (Picture: John Lewis)

Buy for £38 at John Lewis.

Havaianas Slim Sparkle

Go for a subtle sparkle if you’re not a fan of rhinestones (Picture: Havaianas)

Go for a subtle sparkle if you’re not a fan of rhinestones (Picture: Havaianas)

Buy for £21.60 (was £36) at Havaianas.

Skechers Meditation Shine Away Flip Flops

Skechers Meditation Shine Away Flip Flops

Go for some rainbow gems to add a little colour (Picture: Amazon)

Buy for £33.94 (was £39) at Amazon.

Kimora Wedge Flip Flops With Diamante Detail

Kimora Wedge Flip Flops With Diamante Detail

Just like Kanye’s but without the celeb price tag (Picture:

Buy for £14.99 (was £18.99) at Where’s That From.

Pair with whatever socks you can find, just like Ye.

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