Ditch the shoes and get ready for new fashion trend 'Barefoot-Boy' summer 2023

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23 May 2023, 17:10

Ditch the shoes and get ready for new fashion trend 'Barefoot-Boy' summer

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It's time to bare your soul. Or should that be sole? Shoes may have been around for over 9,000 years, but the fashion pack in Los Angeles have decided to put their shoe-free feet down and stamp 2023 as the official 'Barefoot-Boy summer'.

Yep, fashion site the Cut has declared foot fashion is a major faux pas — and anything other than a nude foot is a big off-trend no-no.

It's back to the swinging, femur-flashing 60s as the fashion bible has stated the Barefoot-Boy Summer™ 'aligns with the ongoing bohemian-hippy vibe coursing through the culture'.

The trend is everywhere from TV's Succession to a shoe-free Cate Blanchett on the Cannes red carpet (although Cate's foot-flashing was to show solidarity with women in Iran rather than for fashion).

'Barefoot-Boy' summer

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The term 'Barefoot boy summer' has been described as 'the free-spirited cousin of hot girl summer' - the 2019 Megan Thee Stallion-inspired lifestyle trend for people who are the 'life of the party' and 'unapologetically themselves'.

So what made the trend literally kick off? Euphoria actor Jacob Elordi, 25, was recently spotted shoe-free aka 'sans chaussures' on a coffee run and the Aussie actor's bare trotters went viral.

American record producer Mike Sabath (of Mike Sabath and the Moongirls), 25, told New York Magazine’s the Cut: "I generally don’t wear shirts or shoes, honestly. I just feel more free.”

Italian label Etro's spring 23 collection saw male models walking down the runway with nada on their feet, while Succession's Swedish tech mogul Lukas Matsson can also be seen striding around in the show barefoot from PJ to PJ (private jet, of course).

'Barefoot-Boy' summer

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Michelle Matland, the show’s costume designer, explained: “[Matsson] is an anti-business, anti-corporate industrial mogul. He wants to be seen as a casual hipster who’s freethinking and not tied to the business world at all. It may be an affectation, but to him it’s real. Not wearing shoes, wearing T-shirts and sweatpants, or anything that does not indulge in Madison Avenue or Wall Street, Bezos, Elon — all those new-style entrepreneurs.”

The Society for Barefoot Living told the Cut: “In contrast to the U.S., public barefooting in Australia and New Zealand is much more common and accepted. But even in the U.S., attitudes can vary depending on the area.”

'Barefoot-Boy' summer

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Sabath continued: “I think, in general, it’s good when something makes you think, What the f**k is happening?

"It kind of loosens up your perspective a bit. But it’s really healthy to notice that some other option exists. And oftentimes when people yell about something, it’s probably because they do it already or want to do it.”

On being part of the barefoot brigade, he said: “My thing is, if someone feels good about something, then they should do it.”


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It's not the first time celebrities have shunned shoes on the red carpet. In 2018, Kristen Stewart kicked off her Christian Louboutins to sashay up the steps more comfortably, as did Julia Roberts in 2016 as an act of solidarity - thought to be for a group of 50-something women who had arrived at a screening for Carol and been denied access because they were in flats. 

Read here about how staying in is the new going out and could save you £500 (not to buy shoes though).