If you happen to see this very clever man, please give him a high five from us. Dion Lee just provided us all carte blanche to carry on our love affair with comfy flats this summer – both off duty and for formal soirees and even the office. Amen.

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Dion Lee takes a bow after the finale of his NYFW Spring/Summer 2017 show
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Sure, Teva was the go-to normcore runway shoe for a half dozen designers at Australian Fashion Week in May and shares in Birkenstocks aren’t likely to plummet any time soon, but Lee has done something neither of those brands can: make comfy sandals look and feel luxurious.

The tendril-strapped leather sandals custom-made in blush and black tones for his Spring/Summer 2017 show will go on sale to customers too at the start of 2017, as will the double-buckled black slide as well. Prices will start at $490, which certainly sits them above the likes of Teva on the budget scale, but considerably lower than the likes of Celine and Alexander Wang.

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Dion Lee SS17
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Just like Nicholas Ghesquiere, who created extra-comfy flat sandals for his Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 Collection models given the extraordinarily long art gallery runway they had to navigate, Lee’s choice of footwear proves he’s a man who knows what women want: fashion and function.

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Moulded sole? Tick. Clever criss-cross straps? Tick. Grippy tread? Tick. Comfy shoe perfection
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Even self-confessed high heel obsessee Victoria Beckham took her final NYFW runway bow in a pair of supremely cool looking slides, with chances are we’ll be seeing something similar in her store very soon too. So it’s not a question of if you should invest in a pair this summer, but rather how many. Surely Dion’s three options wouldn’t be overkill?

See the full Dion Lee SS17 runway show.

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Dion Lee SS17
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thoughts?