Of all the fashion oxymorons in the world, fur sandals has to be one of the funniest (and funnest). Fur (winter) + sandals (summer) = one very confused, but weirdly very popular, shoe.
The references one could pull up for this sudden boom in furry or fluffy slip-on mules are pretty varied: Add in a stiletto heel and you've got sassy boudoir slippers suitable for all Dita Von Teese wannabes, but if you go back to the very high-fashion root of the trend, you'll find the controversy-making fur-covered and -lined shoes of Céline S/S 13. And—trust us, because we've been getting a sneak peek at all of next season's collections—this is lined up to be even bigger news later in the year, with more styles on the horizon from Malone Souliers, Natasha Zinko, Avec Modération and Christopher Kane, to name but a few.
More recently, Gucci's Princetown furry loafers and moccasins put the idea back on the map. However, in the past few days, the world has been insta-chatting over Kylie Jenner's customised, marabou-trimmed Nikes, and just this morning Rihanna launched some similarly pink fuzzy unisex slides for the drop of her Fenty collaboration with Puma—the Fur Slide has already sold out.
So really it comes down to whether you like the idea or not. If irony is the name of your game—or you like kick-starting conversations with your fashion choices—then these are an optimum choice. Scroll down to shop the furry sandals leading the pack this spring…