I cannot tell a lie, I have a new footwear obsession and it’s the athletic sandal. I tried for a VERY long time to resist liking it, because it wasn’t meant to be a stylish shoe but strictly functional footwear.
That all changed when big name designers such as Phoebe Philo created her version of the sport sandal for Celine’s spring 2013 collection; she reinterpreted the Birkenstock sandal, a 60s and 90s throwback mainly reserved for tacky tourists and hippies. And the rest, as they say, is history; celebrities are now wearing the sport sandal loud and proud, and fast fashion retailers such as Zara are churning out stylish sport sandals faster than you can order a Big Mac at McDonalds.
And still I resisted. Anytime I was in a shoe store I would turn up my nose and make a funny face, as if I smelled mouldy cheese in disgust. This facial reaction quickly became an instinctual reflex anytime I would come across the sport sandal, especially when I saw someone wearing it out in public. However, like the Berlin Wall, my resolve crumbled and I recently purchased a pair. Gasp!
What shoe made me succumb this trend? It was the Charlette sandal from Lord & Taylor’s 424 FIFTH spring 2015 collection. This embellished number is simple with a capital S, thanks to its nude colouring and cross front design. The oversized crystals on the front are what did me in, because who doesn’t want to be wearing sophisticated bling 24/7? Plus, once I slipped my foot into said sandal the smooth and comfortable leather design felt like heaven. Buy online.