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5 rubber sandals you will learn to love

We’re not saying goodbye to our stilettos just yet, but there’s no denying we’ve been spending a lot more time with our sandals lately. In particular, with our rubber sandals. 

If a year of staying in and staying put has left your legs ever-so-slightly moulded to the fuzzy fleece lining of your favourite sweatpants, well, you’re not alone. They’re comfortable! Dependable. The sartorial equivalent of a warm hug from someone you love; someone you miss. A favourite show you no longer remember watching the first-time round.

Now, as whispers of re-emergence outfits begin to take hold, we’ve had a few battles to conquer. The motions of getting dressed, for one. “Hard pants” (see: jeans), for another — that was a tough one. Your next scheduled skirmish: footwear. A middle ground for shoes beyond the shearling insoles; beyond the orthopaedic.

You might sneer at these love-’em-or-hate-’em rubber sandals now but they are soft, plush places to tuck your toes. Just until you’re ready for something more advanced. Kitten heels, maybe?

(Hero and featured images: Crocs)

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong

Learn to Love Level: High

Gucci’s Elea platforms are archetypical Marmite — you’d either love them or not ‘get’ them; no stragglers in Switzerland. They give a bit of height, they’re a little bougie in black rubber grained to mimic leather, they’re perforated at the vamp — not in little circles à la the OG of Marmite shoes (see: entry #4), but fancy ‘GG’ motifs.

We’re stepping out in these and a billowy trapeze sundress, volume turned all the way up.

Approx. THB 15,240

Learn to Love Level: High, but tempered by a pretty detail

Cottagecore is alive, well and thriving, thank you very much. These Loeffler Randall clogs — shaped and perforated in a very familiar format — are made individual with extremely seasonally-appropriate gingham straps; a perfect complement to picnic blankets and baskets and pretty off-shoulder prairie tops, preferably trimmed in broderie anglaise. Throw in a raffia sunhat too.

Toggle the patterned strap from sports mode (i.e., up front) to adventure mode (i.e., slinged back) depending on the intensity of your preferred activity. A leisurely roam by the waterfront? The former. A harried sprint through Tamar Park? Very much the latter.

Approx. THB 6,300

Learn to Love Level: Spread it on toast — it’s peak Marmite

Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta has left us drooling after squared-toe sandals, pillowy clutches and big, bad gold chains. So, we won’t hold it against him for making us yearn for these rainy-day clogs, too, which are aptly named ‘Puddle’. Cute.

We’re big fans of the bubblegum-pink colourway that would look plenty fire in an all-black outfit pulled from the racks of The Row.

Approx. THB 21,016

Learn to Love Level: Extreme, but respect the hustle.

We’ve reached the OG of Marmite footwear — welcome. You’re in a safe space, it’s a no judgement zone. These Crocs are, arguably, made exponentially more Marmite with their jelly-like translucency, which prompts a second Marmite-y question: Socks or no socks? Why do toes framed behind transparent rubber feel, somehow, more exposed than going barefoot?

So, remind us to add funky patterned socks alongside approximately a million Jibbitz™ charms to our carts; we’re going to need options.

THB 1890

Learn to Love Level: Average

If you’re a fan of Demna Gvasalia’s Balenciaga, you’re a permanent resident of Marmite City. You love it. You get it. These Mono platform slides are, in all honesty, pretty tame for the brand. They’re a little ’90s, a little chunky, a little branded — and cast in a very this-season shade of turquoise. We’d wear them by the pool with frilly maillots and, then, wear them out to lunch in baggy denim. They’re versatile!

Approx. THB 16,363
Joey Wong
Constantly in pursuit of a multi-hyphenated career, Joey has written her way through fashion trends, youth culture and luxury retail in New York and Hong Kong. Beyond internet adventures tracking down the perfect vintage find, you can probably catch her sipping on her third oat milk latte of the day in the city’s newest café. She’s currently mourning the loss of TikTok in Hong Kong.