Adidas Pharrell Tennis Hu/Stan Smith Originals

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Whether you’re a fan of the new Tennis Hu sneakers by Pharrell, or love the Stan Smith Originals but want them in new colourways, you’re in luck since UK-based sneaker retailer SIZE? has just released them online. Priced from GBP70 a pair and up, I would rather not waste your time telling you how comfy/iconic/must-have they are, but instead urge you to hit the link now before they are all sold out. Yes, you can buy them online now, and SIZE? does ship to Singapore so go, go, go!

For those of you in Singapore who prefer to try them on in person before you buy, good news. You can pick up the Tennis Hu Pastel Pack at SEEK ION Orchard now for SGD149 a pair.

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DIOR BLUE DENIM ESPADRILLES

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Beautiful in blue, this Dior Blue Denim Espadrilles are perfect for your laidback jeans and shirts kind of day especially when you don’t feel like torturing yourself in killer high heels for the whole day.

Comfy with a relaxed and sporty approach, these Espadrilles from Dior are not only perfect for everyday wear but they might be your feet’s best friends during your long-haul travels! Step inside the airport and out of the plane in style!

This embroidered denim espadrille slip-on with the Dior logo is inspired by a romantic and floral look in a celestial blue color. Mind you, this foot wear features a white-notched rubber sole and a 2 cm heel. Yes, there’s an extra layer of comfy added for your convenience! No need to sacrifice style over comfort since the Dior Blue Denim Espadrilles combine both.

These Espadrilles are priced at €650 euro, £610 GBP, ₩1050000 WON via Dior boutiques.

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Diane Kruger’s Red Carpet Shoe Game is Quintessentially A-List

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF DESIGNER SANDALS

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Sandals are an item of clothing that have been around almost as long as civilisation itself,archeological findings have discovered evidence of sandals up to 10,000 years ago, discovered in Oregon, Fort Rock Cave. Primitive in design and construction, they still showed the beginning of the well known sandal design, boasting a woven fabric to hold the toe area in place.

Throughout the spread of the human race over the coming thousands of years, sandal findings were climbing, with that we can observe advancement in design, with additions such as fur lining, animal hide, platformed wedged heels and even jewels added to brighten up an otherwise functional item of footwear.

From these early beginnings, these simple yet effective shoes have left their mark throughout history and across all parts of the globe. One area with a large significance is theancient Egyptian period, showing strong appeal to the sandal. The Pharaoh Narmer, famed for unifying Egypt and becoming the founder of the First Dynasty, to a lesser extent is famed for his love of sandals.

Wall paintings depicting the Egyptian King show first evidence of the importance of sandals across Egypt. The image of Narmer is shown followed closely by his sandals bearer, ensuring he never has the shoes far away. They would even be left in pride of place upon his throne on his absence. Even the bearer themselves were held in high regard.

Sandals were definitely a sign of a high status amongst the Egyptian people, with only the top of society deemed successful or powerful enough to wear them. As an example, Tutankhamun was buried with no fewer than 42 pairs of his favourite sandals.

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From this high beginning, sandals have had a very fruitful and popular life, spreading across the globe. Countries such as Japan, China and even South America fell in love with the simple sandal. The Greeks were once such a country who placed great stock in these shoes, manufacturing a vast amount of different footwear, including of course many varieties of sandal. Unfortunately there is limited amount of actual physical evidence of Greek footwear. However, the Greeks to their credit created a large amount of artwork to back up their creations, these have luckily survived through the ages.

Of course in time, the Romans famously invaded Greece, overtaking their land and enslaving their people, during this occupation the Roman People began to adopt many of their customs, including the wearing of sandals. It wasn’t long before the allure reached their homeland, eventually even the top echelons of Rome saw the beauty in the footwear.

The Roman’s even coined their own variation of the name, in Latin tongue ‘Sandalium’. During the rise of the Empire, the popularity of the humble sandal rose. Colour for example was used to determine social status of the wearer, red was used exclusively for Emperors. Julius Caesar had a special red and purple design specially reserved for him and his children.

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Despite the popularity of sandals, there was still a status quo to be upheld, one such unwritten rule was that they were preferred to be worn indoors, stepping outside with them would alert others that you were in the depths of poverty. The Romans were some of the early designers of incredibly elaborate designed sandals, a sign of the start of their infamous decadent lifestyle.

Even the Emperor Nero had a fondness for sandals, the Nero who nearly single handedly was responsible for the demise of the Roman Empire with his extravagant spending. The infamous ruler’s lavishness even spread to the sandal design, with stunning silver pairs crafted for himself. His wife’s design was even more elaborate, a poured gold base encrusted with the rarest jewels. Due to Rome’s dominance across Europe, the popularity of sandals spread to all their occupied countries, leaving their mark across multiple lands. However, once Rome fell, and their grip was released from Europe, the sandals phenomenon almost simultaneously began to decline. For much of the following centuries, sandal wearing was almost non-existent in Europe.

sandals_goldTowards the late 1800’s the French designers looked back upon ancient fashions, one such inspiration that caught their interest was of course the forgotten sandal, giving them a much needed lease of life. But it wasn’t till the early 20th century that sandals became popular once again, harking back to their heyday during the Roman Empire.

The revival can be pinpointed down to the cinemas fascination with movies based on Biblical stories. Thousands of sandals were created for the huge numbers of cast members, with the top actresses in particular choosing to wear them off set. This led to fans wanting to follow suit and donning similar footwear. One designer at the forefront of sandal design during this period was Salvatore Ferragamo, who introduced new designs such as the heeled wedge and peekaboo style. With the heeled variety in particular being associated with the popular pin up girls of the time.

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Throughout the course of the 1900’s sandal production steadily increased into the millions, largely in part to the new interest in cheap plastic manufacturing. The 60’s introduced us to what was to be known as the ‘Jesus’ sandal. Simple yet practical with a leather v-strap or toe ring, these were particularly popular with the hippie movement of the day. The following decade, their was a sudden interest in foot health and comfort. This gave rise to the famousBirkenstocks, allowing freedom of movement and much better support than previously possible.

In recent years, sandals have become even more accepted for day to day wear, it’s not uncommon to see fashionistas and off duty catwalk models stepping out in fashionable sandals. A definite turning point was when the simple shoe with the humble beginning graced the pages of that illustrious magazine, Vogue. Since, fashion houses everywhere having been feverishly creating interesting designs each successive season in time for summer.

For more in depth information into the fascinating history of sandals, check out fashion history love to know and all about shoes

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WEEKEND UPDATE

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1. Today I’d like to share more item that I forgot to put on my holiday wish list – fun, beautiful holiday party shoes!

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These are totally the kind of shoes you would buy for your own wedding and then use for lots of fun parties afterwards. My own wedding shoes were black lace, so I never picked up my sparkly pair – these from Jimmy Choo would be perfect.

2. A really interesting article from Business Week: Why Michael Kors Can’t Afford to Cut Prices to Spark Holiday Sales. Do you all think the trend of MK’s retail domination will continue? This is one of my favorite brands to watch. 

3. Did any of you shop at Delia’s when you were growing up (if you don’t even remember Delia’s, then you are too young and probably are using Snapchat right now…). I remember being so excited for the catalogs and then mailing away for the items. My favorite Delia’s memory is one of my best friends ordering her prom dress from the catalog, and then it arriving and looking beautiful on her. All for something like $79 full price.

I was thus sad to hear that Delia’s was actually shutting down, via NY Mag – if you read, please also share if you have fond Delia’s memories!

4. I feel a bit sheepish whenever I recommended a huge bestseller on here, but I really wanted to hear any opinions on this week’s reading for me –  Outlander.

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COST PER WEAR REVIEW: SHOE EDITION

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I mention the term “cost per wear” sometimes on this blog – well actually quite often, so apologies if you’re all sick of hearing the term. I’ve been doing some light house cleaning lately, getting rid of a few more items, so thought I would take the opportunity to look at cost per wear in my own closet, and look back and see what items I’ve gotten the most (and least) use out of. I actually found the exercise to be quite rewarding (yes, this is what weekend fun looks like when you’re pregnant), so thought I’d do a small series for the blog, starting with shoes! And yes…I have so many pairs that I was able to do a “bow” theme.

Shoes Cost Per Wear

Lowest (best) cost per wear: Ferragamo Vara pumps. I have three pairs of these so far and love them. I have to admit they aren’t the most glamorous or sexy shoes – one of my coworkers walked by the other day and remarked, “I used to be a shoe salesperson at Nordstrom and those were very popular with the grandma set.” But, they are comfortable, very high quality, and with some visits to the cobbler, can last a lifetime. I own black leather, black patent, and nude pairs.

Medium cost per wear: Miu Miu Gingham bow pumps. These are from a few years ago, and were a lucky sale find at Bergdorf. I normally couldn’t bring myself to pay high prices for fabric pumps which have white spots on them to boot, but I loved the gingham pattern so much that I couldn’t resist at 50% off. I’ve worn them a few times each spring/summer season, and I always get compliments. Definitely a statement shoe.

Highest (worst) cost per wear: Valentino bow lace pumps. I’ve worn these something like three times, so yeah they have a pretty bad cost per wear. Granted one of those times was at my actual wedding, so I think I should be given some leeway. These are so beautiful, and I don’t regret buying them – but the bow style from Valentno themselves I’ve found, just don’t work on my feet.

After doing my little “cost” analysis, my most expensive pairs were very clear. They were typically very high heels, made of less practical material (lace, gingham fabric, super light beige suede), and quite expensive (otherwise I wouldn’t have had the high cost per wear bit). I calculated that they all had cost per wears in the $100-$200 range after quite a few years. Then I started to think about what cost per wear number would be good for even the craziest/most splurgiest of heels after 2-3 years, and I came up with $50. So that’s my new goal: a max of $50 cost per wear for super fancy shoes, and hopefully much less. My Birkenstocks for example, are now in the cents versus dollars!

What do you think of my goal? What would yours be? And I’d love to hear your best and worst cost per wear shoes as well!

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