Far long have designers who were admirers of the classic arabian sandal from the gulf region, danced with making their own version of the unique ethnic footwear.
I must admit there is something quite special about the sandals donned by royals and layman alike of Arabia.
Here is a glimpse of the original, authentic , ethnic style of the sandal
Now take a look at Jil Sanders version of the classic
I personally like them and thinks she did an excellent job on modernizing an otherwise very ethnic looking shoe to meet the eclectic updated taste of the western world.
Here is an even more detailed version of the Saudi sandal by Jil Sander
Jil Sander isn’t the only designer making this sandals a part of her season collection. Last SS 2019 British Columbian designer Esteban Cortazar created a beautiful detailed version of the Saudi sandal in both flat and heeled styles.
I am all for designers venturing out into other cultures and putting their own touches and twists on the original design. After all that is what being an artist and designer is all about.
There are many versions of the sandal created by many designers and local brands in the Middle East. Take a look and get yourself a pair to stand out from the crowd.
Created by local Emirati brand Tamashee. Can be purchased Here.
I hope you loved the collections just as much as I did. Until next time , stay as chic and fashionable as you are unique and special.
What I love so much about what I do is never getting board of the new talent that I find in the world. People are unique individuals and they produce things that are unique to them as individuals.
I have stumbled upon a new quirky accessories brand based out of Russia called Plyaka Accessories and they make avengers styled footwear accessories that double as earrings which I thought were so creative.
The accessories have various animation of animal faces , beautiful colored patterns and human animated faces and fringes as its design. Beautiful paired with your favorite shoes to jazz them up or wear them as earrings. From the looks of the brand page on Instagram they also have clothing with some of their designs printed in them which is a plus for those ladies that aren’t into shoes or jewelry.
I absolutely love these creations and find them to be so unique and beautiful. They don’t have a website unfortunately so if you want to purchase then you must contact them through Instagram and their what’s App. @plyaka_accessories
Anat Dahari, the founder ofWalk Handmade Shoes, studied Architecture at the renowned Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design inJerusalem. During her studies she discovered a love for shoe design and after graduating she pursued her passion and studied the art of footwear craftsmanship from local tradesmen. Anat’s architectural background influences her design aesthetic, resulting in geometrical shapes for the person who seeks a classic and timeless look with simple and clean elegance.
If you are a fan like we are and like what you see and would like to purchase, then visit them Here.
I love finding out about new shoe brands. Especially ones that are female-driven & incredibly original, like Dondoks, designed by two fabulous Parisian show girls with flare!
When shoes are this extraordinary, there’s usually an exciting story behind them. And Dondoks — a Paris-based, Brazillian-made shoe brand — is no exception, as it was born from a deep seeded love and friendship!
Carmen and Charlotte met while working together in wondrous places: as showgirls at the Moulin Rouge, the Lido in Paris and modelling for Jean Paul Gaultier. And of course, they became instant friends!
Both ladies are professionally trained dancers from Mexico and France, respectively. Charlotte, while working, was also studying fashion business at ESMOD in Paris, which helped the duo with creating their brand. And of all places, because she and I are actually fellow alumni!
The ladies’ shared passion for shoes, the Parisian lifestyle & a flair for the exotic is how Dondoks was born. And if anyone is curious as per the name, it comes from a Brazilian expression that means “daddy’s girl”.
The brand’s motto is high quality and high fun & the resulting product is just that!
Colorful & stunningly creative, Dondoks shoes are not your average ho-hum footwear!
The polar opposite of ubiquitous mass production, the Dondoks brand wants to raise awareness of high quality materials & local production and ethical practices. Handmade from stunning leathers & materials in Brazil by artisans, Dondoks’ current Spring/Summer 2018 “Candy Rainbow” collection — composed of 4 shoe designs — embodies fun, glamour & sophistication.
There’s a definite Moulin Rouge feel throughout the collection, which I’m totally here for! I love that their designs are whimsical & girly, yet not unwearable. They have girly pink frou-frou styles, yet you can also achieve the same vibe in more neutral colorways such as black & peach. And as all shoes should, they will add panache to any of your outfits this season!
As per the fit of the shoes, they do work best for a slim to medium sized foot. The black & white Mely sandal fits true to size, while the Frida flat (pictured in this post in blue and emerald), does fit rather small. I would size up. Each pair of shoes is shipped in a solid color-blocked shoe box & includes a pink branded satin shoe bag.
These artistic woven mules remind me so much of Figue shoes. The Pom Poms make them so fun and colorful, as well as feminine and versatile. If you are looking for a unique shoes that is handmade and customizable then this style from Thaqafah shoes is it.
They are called Pom Adad and can be checked out Here.
The most beautiful thing about fashion is that we have fusion. Fashion can be influenced by many cultures and tailored and designed according to the designer and what they are trying to convey through their art and brand.
Thaqafah Shoes (our house brand) is on the paths to merge old world ethnic design with modern fashion. The brand also uses local craftsmen who have been in the shoe game since yay high, and provide for their families solely through this skill. The shoes are created using ancient techniques and handmade from start to finish which give them character and being.
Check out some of the latest designs from Thaqafah and take a peek at the site to see the rest of the collection and stay tuned for more to come from Thaqafah in the future.
See the rest of the collection http://www.thaqafahshoes.com