“What is that thing?” you may be wondering. So we’ll fill you in: Nike’s latest “it” item — the Benassi “Fanny Pack” slide, according to various style reports. Yes, you read that correctly. Nike has apparently put two of the ultimate summer staples together, creating the most functional — or questionable — item of the season. A Nike spokesperson confirmed that the slides are indeed launching but could not yet share additional details.
And while you might think we’d be used to weird hybrid items by now — like the Helmut Lang leather bra bag, the Vetements “Lighter Heels,” or the Maison Margiela Glam Slam bag that resembles a quilt pillow — there’s still always the initial reaction or tweet that questions whether or not these major companies have run out of ideas and are simply playing with their customers.
Nike “Fanny Pack” Benassi Slides Summer 2018 pic.twitter.com/zmyqkHmNpP
— J23 iPhone App (@J23app) May 29, 2018
When you know Nike runnin outta ideas….
— TheNaptownCollective (@thenaptownclvte) May 29, 2018
Nike coming out with fanny pack slides. Shit is crazy as hell and genius at the same time
— A Chi Type Of Guy (@SharpChedaGetta) May 30, 2018
At least the zippered-pouch feature on this latest creation serves a purpose that may, for some, transcend aesthetics. Plus, as the utilitarian trend (the more pockets the better) is one to be watching this summer, these Nike slides are sure to give it an athleisure twist. And we’re oddly here for it. So now we just have to wait until they drop. According to Hypebeast, the slides will “hit retailers soon,” and we hope it’ s sooner rather than later — before we change our minds.