While sneakers dominate the headlines when it comes to in-trend footwear, slides have quickly become the go-to essential for casual hangouts and beach parties. Household names like David Beckham, Rihanna and Gigi Hadid have even been spotted rocking slides on the move.
Labels from high fashion to sportswear have dominated the slides market in recent years, but these sandals often fall under the categories of “overpriced” or “aesthetically displeasing”.
Enter SLATE, a homegrown label and brainchild of Justin Matthew, a Singaporean who grew tired of needless compromise when it came to picking out the perfect pair of slides.
“Most slides are either highly priced from designer brands, or too sporty for the city life,” Justin explained. “As for most designer slides, a majority of them are fully constructed out of rubber. Prolonged usage caused me to attain abrasions as the uppers were too sturdy and stiff.”
After researching on concepts and the possible combination of materials, SLATE was born.
Made from top quality bicast leather, SLATE’s slides offer comfort and a lightweight construction that doesn’t fade or crack under sunlight. What’s more, its uppers are individually handmade with thick foam inserts, giving every pair its own character while ensuring a cozy and snug fit.
“There are many kinds of slides available in the market today. The most common kinds are the sporty-looking versions which I find lack appeal and finesse,” Justin added.
“Experimenting with texture co-ordination and pairing them with visually appealing colours has allowed me to produce a product which I feel can be both street and poolside worthy.”
Of course, SLATE has more in their sights in the coming months. Beyond slides, the label plans on introducing a line of joggers and tees later this year in their pursuit of becoming the go-to brand for basic apparel and essentials.
Currently, SLATE’s line up of slides consists of three colourways, namely Stealth, Midnight and Bumble G. They retail at US$60 and ship to Singapore from their official site.
Additionally, SLATE will be running an 18% discount for the month of February in celebration of Chinese New Year, so don’t sleep on this!