Rihanna wears $1,000 sock shoes while in New York City

Rihanna ditches her shoes for socks while in New York City

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If anyone leaves the house without shoes, they’re bound to get a few raised eyebrows. When Rihanna does it, it’s a fashion statement.

The 36-year-old singer was photographed in New York City on Saturday, May 18, wearing what appeared to be just a pair of gray knit socks on her feet.

Upon closer inspection, it appears that Rihanna was wearing the Bottega Veneta knit sock shoe (called the Domenica Boot), which retails for $1,100.

Rihanna paired the sock-like shoes with a blue and white Awake NY zip-up sweatshirt and matching white Awake NY track pants. She completed the casual look with dark sunglasses, a Yankees baseball cap and a Dior camouflage bag. During the outing, she wore her hair in relaxed, tousled waves.

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The concept of a sock shoe was formally introduced to the fashion world in 2016 when Balenciaga debuted its “sock sneaker.” Since then, the sock shoe has evolved as brands like The Row, LESET and Bottega Veneta have created their own interpretations of the striking accessory.

Rihanna ditches her shoes for socks while in New York CityRihanna ditches her shoes for socks while in New York City

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While Rihanna is no stranger to donning statement costumes both on and off the red carpet, her style has evolved since becoming a mother, which might explain her latest comfortable shoe choice.

In an April interview with Interview magazineRihanna revealed that since she has her two sons – RZA, 2, and Riot, 1, whom she shares with her boyfriend A$AP Rocky — she is more attracted to casual clothing.

“I spend my time getting the kids dressed, and then I think, ‘What’s the most comfortable outfit to wear with them?’ What won’t make me feel uncomfortable on their face or on their body, or make me feel like I can’t hold them properly?'” she explained, adding, “Mothers are lazy dressers in real life.”

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