Is It Ever OK to Wear Thongs? 6 Fashion Experts Settle the Debate
Don't get us wrong, we totally understand why people wear thongs—they're the simplest shoe silhouette to slip on at the beach or when you're on the go. But let's just call a spade a spade, the rubber sandals are not always the most stylish option out there. That being said, there are iterations that do work for everyday life. The question at hand then is what styles are acceptable—and where and when is it appropriate to step out in them. To help settle the debate, we tapped some of the biggest fashion experts in the industry to spill on whether or not thongs are ok to wear.
Keep scrolling to check out what six fashion editors have to say.
"I have very conflicting feelings here. On the one hand, thongs are really the only footwear you can tolerate when it’s hot as the devil, as we say back home. On the other hand, science has decided to ruin our lives by telling us they turn your feet into a veritable petri dish of grossness. These days, I opt for loafers instead." — Jessica Pels, Marie Claire
"Thongs are great if you are heading to the beach but if you are running around the city, attending an event, or just going to brunch with friends, opt for a cool, modern update and try a slide. It is just as practical as a pair of thongs but it adds an instant cool factor to your wardrobe.” — Lynette Pone McIntyre, StyleWatch
"Fancy thongs bother me—designer ones or ones decorated with rhinestones or little charms. The thong is not a fancy shoe and it doesn't want to be a fancy shoe. You might as well bedazzle a plunger." — Charles Manning, Cosmopolitan.com
"Thongs can be super practical. I’ll wear them inside my house instead of slippers. When I’m out but want an easy shoe, I prefer a leather or sporty slide. Thongs are a must-have when you're getting a pedicure!" — Ali Pew, InStyle