In our eyes, the old adage that shoes make the outfit has never been up for debate—it’s a plain and simple truth. But fabulous footwear doesn’t have to mean crippling high heels that look better on a shelf than on some unhappy feet. Since our lifestyles dramatically shifted a couple of years ago and comfort became the number-one driving factor in many of our purchases, designers and brands are finally starting to combine the fun with the practical. Now, you’ll find cool and interesting touches on practical, infinitely wearable pieces, and our wardrobes are pleased about it.
One particular shoe brand that has run with this concept of joyful, ergonomically friendly shoes is FitFlop—did you know that each style is biomechanically engineered to complement your body’s structure, joint alignment and movement? You’ll know it for its signature chunky-soled sandals, clogs and trainers, all of which are normally found in more neutral hues. But for summer 2022, the brand has taken some of its classic silhouettes into new territory thanks to a hot-ticket collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Yinka Ilori. Now, for those of you who aren’t as interested in interiors as you are in It shoes, London-based Ilori is a star on the rise. His bold, graphic artwork, upcycled furniture and incredible rugs and cushions are Instagram catnip and particularly favoured by the fashion set. His work is energetic and striking thanks to his unique Nigerian-British viewpoint. When it comes to colour combinations and prints that belong in our wardrobes and our homes, Ilori leads the pack. Below, you’ll see what happens when FitFlop’s beloved comfy styles are given the Ilori treatment: a super-fun and smile-inducing range of flip-flops, clogs and slides in a variety of colours and graphics prints (including a fuzzy cow print, which the Scandi girls are going to love). Keep scrolling to see the line and shop the pieces for yourself.