Thursday, June 23, 2011

Be still my beating heart

The Vespadrille wedge - a result of the collaboration between Cuban designer Isabel Toledo and Payless - should be ugly in theory. For one, Isabel Toledo's choice of materials is just odd - mesh for the upper, braided jute (abaca) for the platform, and patent for the wedge heel.



Secondly, the colors also appear to be polarized. On the one hand, there is the black upper and the red heel, which indicate that the shoe is designed to be worn at night to go, er, clubbing. On the other hand, there is the natural jute wrapped around the platform, which indicates that it should be worn during the day for, er, walks in the park. Overall, the Vespadrille reads like a very confused shoe. It does not know whether it wants to be hip or laid back or possibly both...at the same time.

It's theoretical follies notwithstanding, I am in love with the Vespadrille. When I saw a pair at the Payless store the other day, my heart was pounding. I tried it on naturally and was surprised to know that it is a comfortable shoe. The mesh lets your feet breathe. The wedge is at a perfect height. And it's so...so...weird. I. Want. One. My only problem is that the Vespadrille wedge retails for approx. PhP3000. Sayang naman. Sigh.

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