What do the Olsen twins and the Greek fisherman have in common? This it-sandal

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HIGH HEELS, some argue, are in danger of extinction. After months of wearing sane shoes, women around the world are stepping out with sturdy, supportive soles instead of going back to stiletto heels. And as temperatures rise, the leather fisherman’s sandal – with its flat tread, buckled T-straps and cage silhouette – has become an unexpected (but much-loved) trend in post-containment life. .

Introduced centuries ago to European sailors who needed quick-draining footwear on deck, sandals have, in recent decades, been adopted by kindergarten children, especially in the glittery jelly versions. Many millennials fondly remember this preschool style. These memories, suggests Telsha Anderson, add to the modern appeal of the shoes. “They’re nostalgic,” said the 27-year-old founder of New York boutique TA. Their echoes of a protected childhood make them reliable, reassuring after more than a year of uncertainty.

This season, savvy city dwellers sport endearing and awkward fisherman sandals with puffy dresses and crisp pants. The shoe vogue arguably came from Row, the minimalist New York brand founded by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Released in 2019, the brand’s $ 990 Gaia flats, still out of stock, feature a clompy sole that telegraphs a chic wink and know-how. serious practical seaside. Ms. Anderson postulates that Gaia’s popularity among fashion connoisseurs (she owns a pair in black) is what helped the “out of the box” style take off. “People trust The Row,” she said.

This season, New York-based label Gabriela Hearst, Florida-based label Emme Parsons and Spanish label Hereu are all offering refined and practical holds. Hereu uses sleek, smooth leather so the sandals “don’t look too rustic,” said co-founder Albert Escribano. It helps to take that classic sailor silhouette “out of context” to make it “urban… modern and luxurious”.

Comfort contributes to the suitability of the shoes. Women who reconnect with a social life want a chic upgrade from comfy slip-ons at home without sacrificing a spongy sole. Leicester artist Nazia Govaria, 38, based in the UK, traded in her locked Crocs and Velcro Tevas for a ‘more refined’ fisherman’s apartment.

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