My dear friend AG, a frequent blog reader and the person responsible for my Twitter addiction, sent me this photo yesterday under the headline, “This is not okay.” And I have to agree.
I recognize that an urban, high-style fashion site like Refinery 29 has a different aesthetic than mine. But trying to “chic-ify” a pair of Tevas is an exercise in futility. (Perhaps, they lost a bet?)
Tevas are not chic. They’re not meant to be. They’re frumpy, but functional. Wear them hiking, camping or rafting, but don’t bust out a belted sweater dress and a pair of Tevas and call it “relaxed-but-dressy.”
The arm shrug says it all. The model’s expression says, “Have you seen the shoes that go with this dress? I think I lost them.” This ensemble isn’t relaxed or dressy, it’s confusing and mis-matched.
If you own Tevas for outdoor activities, fine. I owned a pair myself once, when I still indulged in the occasional trip to the river. However, they are not suitable for everyday wear even if you wear them with an on-trend Panama Hat.
No matter what you wear them with, some things just aren’t chic: Vera Bradley, Uggs, Crocs, Tevas, etc. Asking them to reach above their station on the bottom shelf of the fashion world will only leave you looking sartorially schizophrenic.