I’ve taken a look around and I am ready to call it. Want to know my newest shoe obsession and the sandal profile that will take fashion by storm this Spring? The Gucci Horsebit leather t-strap mid-heel sandal. Every sandal you will seriously consider and ultimately buy this Spring will have this same profile. What’s so great about this shoe??? And why should you, like, even care???
Let me break it down. First, the heel. The heel is what is new and fresh in this sandal. Alessandra Michele, Gucci’s new creative director, is the force driving this movement. He is pushing the heel down and out and making all the twenty-something fashionistas clamoring for shoes that look like the ones my grandmother wore to my parents’ wedding. Some call it thrift-store chic. I call it late sixties, early seventies glam. So, why should the thirty- and forty-something-reasonably-fashionable-but-not-ridiculously-obsessed set care about what all the fashionistas are hunting? Because this is a great looking shoe that is practical and comfortable. (God! I cannot believe how often I am using that word these days in reference to shoes!!!! It is literally killing me that I have become so comfort obsessed!!! What is happening to me?????)
Second, the color. Again and again and again I preach the virtues of belting leather. The best neutral. Way better than black. Word.
Find Gucci’s version, which is leading the way here. But find out my numbero uno runner-up by Tory Burch here. Also, check out this one by ATP ATELIER, this one or this one by Aquazzura with gold-tone accents, this incredible rock-stud option from Valentino, this coral one by Burberry, and this nude, tassel version by Stuart Weitzman which is way chic, if not belting leather (nude suede is pretty darn practical in its own right) or this amazing and beautiful option from Alexandre Birman, which is chic with elements of belting leather but primarily in python, which is another extraordinary neutral.
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