Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sling backs and open toes for men

This Spring, shoe designer Nanette Lepore and actress, Mischa Barton are hoping to put Keds back on top with the introduction of their decorated canvas sneakers, including bright floral wedges and polka-dot peep toes. At the fashion release held at The Box, the famous clientele saw the new range for the first time. The impressive show included tap dancers in Keds with taps. The cocktail waitresses and busboys were also kitted in keds. Crocs of a different type; Lacoste (off-white crocodile logo) have reintroduced the espadrille as part of their 75th anniversary collection. The company started in the Basque country (French side of the Pyranese) hope the renewed kid on the block will give flip flops run for their money in 2008. The soles of espadrilles were originally made for esparto grass and worn by peasants until the canvas topped grass soled shoe was worn for court games like "pelote Basque, a precursor to tennis. Canvas topped espadrilles enjoyed a short male vogue in the early sixties when they were worn by Mick Jagger and co. Dress sandals are tipped to become the latest fashion accessory for men with Zegna poised to release gladiator sandals that tie at the calf. In Roman times the higher the fastening on the leg the more superior rank of the wearer. So gladiator sandals are intended for the upper echelon dandies, but wait, more silly thongs ahead, this time from heel guru, Manolo Blahnik who is bringing out a new range of animal-print toe-ring thong sandals and blue suede peep-toe slingbacks for men. In 2008 the metro-sexual will have simple sandals in beautiful materials and suede, sling back, Oxfords. The "Afiyet" is a blue suede toeless, slingback and the Bir a leopard print sandal.

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