No, no, say it ain't so! GQ just officially endorsed slide sandals for the coming spring/summer fashion season. To their defense, they did discourage their readers from wearing them in any circumstance that isn't totally casual. But still, I'm not here for it. Let me tell you why.
When I think of slide sandals, I remember them as that casual sandal you wore when you were inbetween things. Walking between your bed and the bathroom. Walking between the beach and your car. On your way home from practice. it's the shoe you slid on when you thought no one else was looking. Or when you thought no one really cared about what you were wearing. I grew up along the Florida panhandle where fashion isn't really a top priority. And in this environment, slide sandals ran rampant. So I always associated them with guys who didn't have style. And even now, as I've grown older and lived in many places like New York City, I still view slide sandals as the shoe of choice for the guy who doesn't have a clue about how to dress.
I can't think of a situation in my life casual enough to make these damn things appropriate. When I'm at the beach, I go barefoot. When I'm in the city, I wouldn't be caught dead in them. There's a better shoe for every occasion. Trust me.
So the thought of forking over almost a grand for a pair of these, like the Givenchy ones Rob Kardashian is sporting below, seems absurd. it's a lot of money to spend on footwear that doesn't work for any occasion and that no one should see you in. If you insist on being one of those people that needs some type of footwear for the sand, just get a pair of cheap, slip on shoes of the Toms variety. They're basic level cool, work in every casual setting, and aren't costly.
Remember, someone's always watching. Even when you let your style guard down, there's such a thing as too casual.