Like many things that West does, the sandals quickly became a source of debate.
On Twitter, one faction mocked the shoes for resembling “air mattresses” or “hospital slippers.” Some jokingly suggested that he had borrowed them from his wife or toddler daughter, or that he had accidentally left his dress shoes behind at the airport. Others commented that West looked like someone who had thrown on the first pair of shoes they saw on their way to take out the trash or help get the groceries out of the car.
“He looks like he just pulled out the nursing home with his geriatric slides,” wrote one critic.
Others suggested that the casual choice of footwear was disrespectful to his hosts — it was a wedding, after all.
West’s defenders, on the other hand, praised his ability to “get away with” wearing the equivalent of bedroom slippers. Some even liked the look.
Then, there was the faction that thought West’s shoes looked comfortable and pointed out that wearing casual slip-on sandals to an expensive wedding was the ultimate “power move” for someone rich and famous enough to do as he pleases.
“If I understand Kanye West, I think he’s literally trying to prove that he can do whatever . . . he wants with his existence and that includes wearing a slide on an expensive suit that looks like it wasn’t ironed while walking [with] his wife who looks like a million bucks,” theorized one Twitter user based in Nigeria.
The Saturday wedding marked one of West’s first appearances since he went on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Aug. 9 and seemed to be stumped when Kimmel asked whether President Trump cares about the black community. West later claimed in follow-up tweets that he had not, in fact, been stumped but just hadn’t gotten enough time to answer the question. He did not answer the question.
It’s not the first time that his clothing choices have straddled the line between high fashion and “What is he wearing?” As early as 2012, he was performing in bizarre beaded and feathered face masks. More recently, he was photographed at Paris Fashion Week in head-to-toe tie-dye and a shirt with a giant bluebird on it.
That led to another theory: Were the ill-fitting shoes just a viral marketing stunt?
“Kanye was like yo congrats
#2Chainz on ur wedding i’ma let you finish but 1st let me make ur special day about me by wearing slides too small for me to get ppl talking about my brand for free,” wrote Instagram comic Violet Benson.
If so, well done, Kanye. It worked.
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