A BRIEF HISTORY OF DESIGNER SANDALS

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A Brief Of History Of Designer Sandals

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 the ancient 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 famous Birkenstocks, 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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GUCCI GG SUPREME SANDALS

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Let’s talk about shoes a little bit.

And we all know that Gucci has plenty of gorgeous shoes and honestly, too many to name here.

We’ve read that the latest fashion is not about ‘oversized’ logos on clothes, bags and shoes anymore, they’re just not in anymore. People do not want large logo names on their fashion pieces. Perhaps simplicity would work, like Celine’s style.

But take us to another question. How about iconic prints? You know like Louis Vuitton Monogram print? Or this Gucci GG Canvas Print on your shoes? Would you love that?

The Gucci GG Supreme Sandals are somewhat sophisticated for this collection. Designed in tri-colors – pink, purple and red…and covered with the iconic GG print on the straps. It feels a bit playful if you ask me. But the colors are bright enough to help you get through the summer.

Made with three straps, refined with patent leather covered buttons. The heels are 110mm, priced at €650 euro via Gucci store. But what do you think? Are they worth the investment?

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GUCCI BUTTON SANDALS

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Gucci Button Sandals
Price: $1290 USD, €980 euro

For women who hardheadedly refuse to be anything but successful, here’s a single unsolicited advice: all you need is a good pair of shoes that will make you feel on top of the world. Well, here’s the good part ladies, Gucci’s button sandals will give you just that. Walk the walk and talk the talk with this high-heeled sandals that comes in patent leather and leather style that will make you regret not owning it. With two styles that you can choose from: black patent leather and black leather, feel effortlessly beautiful and sophisticated in no time. This shoe product from Gucci features leather material with straps and button details for that extra flirty yet funky feel.

It also boasts of mother-of-pearl GG buttons that makes them more captivating and appealing. It also has back zip closure for easy wearing and features 4.5” heel that adds sexiness to it. This pair of high-heeled sandals is made for walking whether at a gala, soiree or for that sexy Saturday date you’ve been waiting for. Feel in charge of the situation and own this beauty! It retails for $995 USD, available via Gucci boutique

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Gucci Button Sandals
Price: $1290 USD, €980 euro

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Gucci Button Sandals
Price: $995 USD

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Gucci Button Sandals
Price: $995 USD

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Christian Louboutin Amazoula: New Collection of Gladiator Sandals

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Who killed Amazoula? Creating intrigue around its Christian LouboutinAmazoula spring/summer 2016 collection with a mysterious plot, the French luxury footwear brand has recently unveiled new killer gladiator sandals, which you can already buy at Nordstrom. The thrilling promotional campaign of the collection turns us into detectives, trying to understand who killed the wealthy and leggy Amazoula, who is currently lying on the floor wearing a pair of lace-up thigh-high shoes one could literally die for. Although still in the process of investigation, we do however at least know what induced the killer to commit such an atrocious crime: the amazing collection of vertiginous heels.

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In a 2-minute video, originally teased on the label’s social media on January 5th, Christian Louboutin’s mysterious story finally went live on January 7th, inviting us – customers, to investigate the case of the murder on ChristianLouboutin.com. Showing off the collection through intriguing scenes, the short film begins as soon as Detective Baila arrives at the crime scene wearing a pair of ultra-feminine stilettos and a classic long trench, wandering around trying to understand whether Amazoula did fight tooth and nail (painted with a Rouge Louboutin nail color) for her prized shoes or not – just to find that yes, of course, she did.

Baila’s stilettos and Amazoula’s leopard lace-up shoes are not the only footwear pieces one may admire watching the video. As expected, Baila soon approaches Amazoula’s maid (because it is always the butler who is accused first, isn’t it?), who’s mourning the loss of her boss wearing a classic black-and-white uniform and a pair of hot pink Wavy Dolly, the incredible signature heels of which are always a pleasure to watch. The bellboy also channels a pair of classics Louboutins – the patent leather Laperouse loafers, which doesn’t fail to show Louboutin’s incredible attention to details. And it’s precisely a similar attention to details you will need to find the murderer, as each room has been cautiously filled with clues.

As soon as Baila leaves the room, the director’s camera shifts to the inside of one of Amazoula’s closets, wherein a pair of unidentified long legs is probably waiting to make the next move, leaving us, if possible, even more confused.

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Filled with intrigue, the ‘Who killed Amazoula’ campaign perfectly represents both a sensual collection that will make everyone literally go crazy about, and a fashion house that has always been in the front line when it comes to innovation. Paying homage to its classics as well as signature details (such as the red sole), Christian Louboutin’s Amazoula campaign shows a new approach to traditional fashion advertisements, arousing the audience’s curiosity. Let’s hope it’s just the first part of a long series of crime-themed campaigns!


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CHANEL SANDALS FOR CRUISE 2016 COLLECTION

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Chanel Satin Sandals
Style code: G31433
Price: €750 euro

Why is Chanel selling Sandals in the fall and winter seasons? To be honest, we do not know. But what we do know is that they’re dazzling and that you should get a pair for the spring and summer seasons.

You see, what is Chanel famous for? Classic Flap Bag, Pearls and Camilla flowers right? Well, you can find all these elements back into these shoes.

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Sandals in Navy Blue and Burgundy, adorned with precious pearls (girls best friend after diamonds).

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Chanel Lambskin Sandals
Style code: G31502
Price: €850 euro

And if you don’t like pearls, then you will certainly fall in love with Classic-Flap-Bag-inspired sandals, like this one…

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Chanel Velvet Calfskin Sandals
Style code: G31486
Price: €560 euro

The Sandals in Camilla flowers are simple yet brilliant. Made in luxurious velvet to make it comfortable for your feet. Can you say no to that?

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Chanel Lambskin Sandals
Style code: G31434
Price: €790 euro

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Chanel Lambskin Sandals
Style code: G31463
Price: €690 euro

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CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA PLATFORM SANDALS ARE HOT WITH CELEBS & BOOT HEELS HAVE NEVER BEEN SKINNIER OR MORE TREACHEROUS

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