On May 31st over 54 articles were published about one pair of pool sliders. Before Gareth Southgate’s M&S waistcoat, it was Nike’s ‘hands-free’ shower shoes with bum bag pockets over the toes that were making international headlines. I have been trying to get a pair of the slides since May 31st, and 42 days and a long email chain later a monochrome pair arrived at Who What Wear UK‘s London townhouse for me to try. We wanted to test if it is possible to leave the house with everything you need for the day securely placed into the front of your shoes? Considering I carry a canvas tote bag almost every day because I can’t fit everything in my mini handbag as it is, I suspected the answer was going to be a firm ‘no.’
First problem — the slides didn’t fit me. So Isabel our Social Media Editor (our Nike bum bag slides Cinderella), wore them instead for a coffee break and to run some errands with everything she needed in her slides. These are the things that she managed to take along for the walk:
– Chewing gum
– Debit card
– Driving License
– One hair slide
– House keys (if you carry one key and don’t have a janitor set like I do, that is)
– A lipstick
Alternatively you could forget all that and fit one bag of M&Ms in one pocket and a Daim bar in another if snacks are your main priority.
Things that won’t fit in a pair of Nike bum bag:
– A phone
– A passport
– Fruit Pastels (unless you’ve eaten half of them).
– Phone charger (although the cable will squeeze in)
I asked Isabel to summarise her findings of the experiment, and this is her feedback: “I was ready to think they were ridiculous, but ultimately came to love them. They’re super comfy and even rammed full, they weren’t that heavy. I would be careful with putting notes in though— it’s better for debit card payments as the zipper was tricky at check out.”
I accompanied Isabel for her coffee break, and can confirm that her forward-bend squat (with a long queue directly behind her) to pay for her frappe was something the customers in Pret Russell Square weren’t quite ready for.
The bum bag sliders aren’t available to buy yet, but here are other classic shower slides below.
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