How socks and sandals went from naff to nifty

Every month we assess an aspect of the French zeitgeist. This month: the claquettes-chaussettes phenomenon

Socks and sandals (or slides), have, up to now, been the height of bad fashion taste, but 2017 has changed all that. This year they have been worn by the young, paraded by pop stars and seen at Cannes.

The up-to-now uncool or ringard style even made it onto the catwalk at the Spring/Summer 2018 men’s fashion show in Paris when Louis Vuitton made a buzz with his models parading in flowery shirts and socks and sandals – meaning the trend could last into next year.

The blame for this new retro fashion in France can be laid at the feet of rapper Alrima and his big hit song Claquettes Chaussettes, ...

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