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“Grandma’s Gardening Shoes” Courtesy Of Matthew Williams
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“Grandma’s Gardening Shoes” Courtesy Of Matthew Williams 

Matthew Williams has been teasing his work since his appointment at Givenchy in June 2020 via social media, most recently related to his latest footwear design for the luxury label.

The news led to rumors of William as a successor to Clare Waight Keller as the house’s creative director. The designer was the first woman at the helm of the house, being well known for bringing back couture, providing Givenchy a much-needed presence on the red carpet, and also styling Meghan Markle for her royal wedding, discussions around whether Williams would bring his edgy ALYX streetwear aesthetic to transform the label started immediately.

Williams’ first collection involved a couple of eye-catching pieces like that cap with devil horns, though the majority of the attention was built around the footwear selection. Three-toed sandals with a horn-inspired heel, crocodile-embossed trainers, and platform rubber sandals were only some of the options, and since we’ve seen leather boots, loafers, and more.

The latest shoe teased by Matthew Williams via Instagram gravitates more towards a futuristic look, arriving in a shaped rubber upper with a sock-like heel, in both white and black colorways. With Crocs becoming more popular and Kanye West’s YEEZY Foam Runner being one of this year’s most coveted silhouettes, releasing a rubber shoe makes the most sense.

Internet is filled with fans of mixed opinions of the shoe, ranging from the classic, “What are those?!” comments, to skeptics. “But actually fashion bloggers bout to be out here flexing these seriously,” one user wrote, with another one saying, “Grandma’s gardening shoes.”

Though some of the other users were quick to point out Williams’ references, pointing out that, “Kanye is genuinely a massive influence on labels now,” whilst some felt disappointed with such a design coming from a luxury fashion house. “Charging crazy prices for blown EVA shoes that are super cheap to manufacture because all they make is a mold is disappointing.”

You love them or hate them but can’t ignore them, as we’re expecting for the shoes to feature in
Mattew Williams’ upcoming collection for Givenchy.

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