I know you know this slide. You’ve probably worn it before. Some would argue it’s never gone anywhere, others would say it’s in the spotlight now more than ever since the fashion world started to embrace it. So what’s the deal?
I’ve put together a very accurate timeline showing the history of the Adidas slide and its impact on the (fashion) world…
1972: The Adilette was introduced as the go anywhere sport slide. A lot of people call them shower slides or pool slides, since they are perfect for wearing around the gym locker room to protect your feet from the wet (and not always inviting) floor.
1988: I was born.
2000: I played soccer, and I couldn’t play soccer without a pair of these slides.
2001: I quit soccer. But I wore my slides to summer camp. And everywhere. With everything. Even with socks.
2003: I part ways with my slides (amicably) and probably because I traded them for bejeweled flip flops.
2006: There is a photo of Mark Zuckerberg in the New York Times wearing the velcro version of this slide.
2010: The slide appears throughout the movie, The Social Network.
June 2013: The slides appear in a resort look book. Chloé does their take on the slide for resort.
October 2013: Spotted the slides in an editorial for Interview (on Karlie Kloss, no less). Our Adilettes are everywhere as a more radical alternative to the already old news Birkenstock.
Today: The Adidas flagship in SoHo only has the slides available in a men’s size 11. They have been out of stock for weeks, guys!
Since sandal weather has hit, I don’t think I’ve gone a day without seeing a pair on the subway, the street or in a café– and they aren’t on anyone who is on their way back from soccer practice.
If you would’ve told me in high school that I’d be living in New York, working in fashion and wearing a pair of shower slides, I would’ve said you were totally and completely insane. And here I am, not wearing them yet, but thinking hey for $30, maybe I should scoop up a pair? Who knows, they might even take me to a pool down the road…
What do you think of the trend? Are you going back to the original when it comes to your slides?