The Relaxed Fit Goes Where Relaxed Fits Have Never Gone Before

relaxed-fit-shoe
We love a good ugly shoe, and we love a good comfort-minded trend, but there are certain lines we cannot cross. The rubber slingback. The five-toe flip flop. Those types of lines.
So, when we encountered the "Relaxed Fit" shoe collection by Skechers, we wondered what side it fell on. On one hand, Skechers is taking advantage of a fashion epoch in which the term "relaxed fit" doesn't sit wholly in the Venn diagram sphere of "totally uncool." In fact, if you're one of us, you're probably favoring your boyfriend, baggy, and Mom jean styles over your skinny ones these days. But, on the other hand? Does one really want a pair of baggy shoes?
Touts Skechers, the shoes are "inspired by the popularity of relaxed fit jeans and designed to offer stylish looks with a roomier construction and enhanced cushioning." Translation: Thinner, man-made materials (so your shoe feels more like a sock than a boot), and a squishy sole for your toes.
The 2012 ad campaign featured Mark Cuban, Joe Montana, and Tommy Lasorda for its men's collection, which is one of the most Dad moves a brand could make. And, considering styles range from suede performance hoofs to casual-wear loafers to hiking clogs, our dads might just have designed them, too. We wouldn't be surprised if there's a deal to buy one and get a free foot-long from Costco. Sorry, Dads, pardon our teasing. Now, hand us the newspaper and turn down the damn television, would ya?

More from Trends

Something strange is afoot, literally, across the pond. While New York Fashion Week this season was largely defined by the "see now, buy now" phenomenon, ...
Accessory trends are a changin'. That's the long and short of it. While we've seen a lot of the same pieces trend over the past year (i.e. chokers and mini...
If you've found yourself in a Zara, Topshop, or H&M within the past year, chances are you've seen garments made out of this swishy, lightweight, micro-...
Whether you feel most comfortable as a wallflower or in the middle of a dance circle, chances are you’ve got a celebration coming up that requires you to ...
Runways are oozing with new trends (obviously). But each year, it gets harder and harder to sift through them all. Our favorite fast fashion houses are ...
Fashion has always been a form of escapism, a way to break away from the daily monotony, the sea of khakis and T-shirts, and the sameness that traps those ...
For as long as we can remember, velvet's held strong to its holiday-season connotations. But we've always been firm believers in the luxe texture's ...
(Paid Content) Maybe it's the back-to-school mentality, but there's something about the coming of fall that makes us want to hit "refresh" on multiple ...
If you're obsessed with off-the-shoulder everything, but can't imagine wearing the trend post-summer, we've got some good news: On Saturday, It label Self-...
Finding an excellent pair of boots can be a trip. Since we can't possibly have them all (though, we'll keep dreaming we can), most of us try to find one or...
Sometimes, Fashion Month can feel as much (if not more) about the crazy, over-the-top outfits showgoers wear as, well, the shows themselves. There's ...
There is a thing happening right now with fashion that's exposing a wide divide between What Was Cool and What Is Now Cool. It's informed by the fact that ...
The last time you saw a group of models coming together for a common cause was probably for a selfie or to maybe board a yacht — which is all fancy and fun...
When my parents became aware of my burgeoning love of fashion, they did what they did anytime they thought I was starting to get into something; they ...