Having spent the majority of my career on the fringe of the fashion industry I’ve learned that there are just a handful of folks who decide what is in fashion and what isn’t. At the top of the fashion eco-chain are those who truly have a clear confidence for their “look.” They aren’t concerned with what was fashionable yesterday or what others are doing fashion-wise. They genuinely have their own style that is always evolving. Jackie Kennedy, Jimi Hendrix, and David Bowie come to mind. These are the people whose fashion smoke signals the fashion industry recreate and repackage for mass consumption. The rest of us, if we’re fashion aware at all, are just fun house mirror reflections of the original. Sure, some add bobbles and bits of string to “make it theirs”; but a Honda Civic with a polka-dot paint job is still a Honda Civic. Me? Well I mostly dress because it’s not accepted socially not to. That said, I have a vague awareness of what I like and what I don’t. I sometimes wish that I had the fashion sense and confidence to step out a bit more. But I don’t. Knowing this is important because one cannot fake it and fool anyone but yourself. I am sure that there is a way to wear the REACTION Kenneth Cole flip flop, in navy with white trim, fashionably. But I do not know it. Perceived fashion/style is at the forefront of what these flip flops aspire to be. In the hands of the fashion un-confident (or worse, false-confident) these flip flops appear to be made to trick the working poor out of their hard-earned money and to entice newly minted quarter-millionaires to “join the club”. They’re the fashion equivalent of “monkey see monkey do.” Worn because they, or something similar, were seen on the celebrity du jour’s life-destroying “reality” television show. This is the contagion that has infected American society and is destroying the very idea of reality and community. But I digress…
The REACTION Kenneth Cole flip flop is quite comfortable. The foot bed is embossed with a stamped waffle pattern that feels quite nice on the foot. There is a bit of toe curl from the slightly too loose navy with white stripe strap but the shoes are light enough that this isn’t really a problem. If not for the overly conspicuous branding stamped all over this flip flop I might gladly wear them out and about. But I just can’t. This is my reaction to these Kenneth Cole’s. Too much “look at me” false reality tabloid baggage. They do make fine house slippers though but that’s as far as I can take them.
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