how christopher kane s/s 17 runway inspires the yom kippur sole

In terms of flat slip-ons, Gucci trumps Crocs in my book — every day of the week and twice on Sunday. But my four-year-old son is a die hard for the rubbery shoe and apparently, so too is Christopher Cane, whose recent collab with the Colorado-based company had him reimagining the largely fashion-snubbed accessory in London last month.

Kane said of the partnership: “I always work with unexpected items and combinations, transforming the everyday into desirable luxury. Crocs are arguably the most comfortable shoe, and I love that they are slightly awkward and might be perceived by some as ‘ugly’.”

Spring ’17 showcased the clogs is new earthy hues, adorned with polished stones grounding the shimmery body-con dresses and statement animal-print coats that walked runway. Overall, the look was quirky and a bit oddball, but exceedingly relevant for the Jew Crew who abstains from wearing leather footwear on Yom Kippur as a symbolic gesture of affliction. Reasons being: 1) On this Day of Atonement, when our connection to G‑d is bared, we are compared to angels, who have no physical needs. 2) We burden ourselves to demonstrate the extent of our regret for our past misdeeds.

Hence, if you’re on the hunt for fast day-appropriate sole for say, Proenza Schouler plated-knit silk midi, try the Croc shop. Word on the street is the brand’s offering 30% savings when you buy 2 or more pairs. Score?


christopher kane s/s 17

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