Comfort and Style: Why “Dad” Sandals Are the Latest Craze

We all look for inspiration when it comes to our style. There are some people who covet Kendall Jenner’s figure and her ability to pull off basic pieces in a fabulous fashion, there are those who go wild with their taste like Lady Gaga or Nicky Minaj, and there are even people who look to the natural world around them to help style their wardrobe. Yet, we bet you didn’t ever think that you would be drooling over a middle-aged man’s accessory choice…

A New Trend

Yes, it seems as though there are many people around the world who are now embracing a new trend. This particular trend was once reminiscent of middle-aged men on vacation as they sip on their mojitos and walk around the pool area, but it seems as though some of the most stylish people in the world are now taking this trend as their own. What trend is that, we hear you ask? Well, we’re talking about the “dad sandals.”

Comfortable And Stylish

Of course, this isn’t their proper name, but it’s what many of us like to call them nowadays. That’s because these sandals promote comfort more than style, and while they have never really been stylish, designers have since embraced this look and incorporated them into their own designs. To be a little more precise, last summer Prada and Chanel tried to win us over with these shoes – and at the time, we were a little unsure.

Understanding The Hype

Now we’ve all had time to think about it, though, we have since come to learn that these spongy sandals are actually pretty awesome. Yes, even though some of them do come complete with velcro fastenings. That’s because the fashion world has learned to appreciate more comfortable clothing and accessories amidst the current worldwide situation, and this has seen us ditch the high heels for shoes more practical.

Would you wear “Dad” sandals?

Prince’s Iconic Shoes Get an Exciting Exhibit of Their Own

When you are an icon like Prince, even your shoes alone are worthy of getting an exhibit of their own — it turns out. The late superstar broke style rules and created a signature of his own that continues to inspire fashion designers to this day. Aside from the musician’s numerous hits, his personal style was equally as inspiring. Now, fans can get a closer look at his fashion legacy through a new exhibit at Paisley Park.

Prince during a performance

An Exhibit at Prince’s Former Home

People will be able to explore the star’s collection of signature heels in Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota, which is the former home and studio of the singer. The place has since been turned into a museum dedicated to Prince and his legacy. The exhibit will feature more than 300 pairs of shoes, many of which are entirely custom-made for his music videos and live performances.

The Beautiful Collection: Prince’s Custom Shoes is set to open on July 9, and you can already get your tickets. The greatest challenge for the Paisley Park team was to actually select the shoe assortment, given that they had hundreds of pairs to choose from and not enough space to showcase them all.

Blue and green-colored boots with heels which Prince wore at the 1985 AMAs

Mitch Maquire, head preservationist and curator of the Paisley Park exhibit, says that Prince kept all of his clothes and shoes in storage, and the team had to restore many of his signature outfits for the exhibit.

Always Pushing the Boundaries of Fashion

The cloud-painted blue shoes from the "Raspberry Beret" music video One of the reasons Prince was so widely loved by music and fashion fans alike is his unapologetic authenticity. He used fashion, particularly heels, to showcase his unique style and challenge the status quo. His perseverance in pushing the boundaries both of fashion and of social acceptance is what solidified his rank as one of the greatest creators of all time. Some of the iconic pieces to see in the exhibit are his cloud-printed boots which he wore in the “Raspberry Beret” music video.