Isabel Marants Luxe High
When I first laid eyes on these Isabel Marant high-top wedge sneakers it was love at first sight. With multi-coloured panelled suede, a hidden three-inch wedge heel, velcro straps and chunky leather sole, it was the shoe of my dreams. But after selling out almost immediately worldwide, the romance was doomed from the start.
Word on the street was that Isabel Marant had a global waiting list so long theyd never be able to fulfil the orders. So it was no surprise when the highly coveted shoes started appearing on eBay for double the price with auctions reaching the $1,500 mark. Now Im happy to spend that kind of money on an investment piece, but something didnt feel right about splashing out that kind of coin on a pair of kicks.
A sizable wad of cash was separating me from totally owning the sports luxe trend, which gave me little choice. The high-street stores and a bunch of eBay shops had taken advantage of this footwear crisis and jumped on board with some really well made copies. I found a pair online for 60 bucks and even up close, you can barely tell the difference. Can you spot my copies amongst the originals below?
Finding The Right Shoes For You
Today, a pair of vintage and designer shoes by the likes of Chanel, Gucci or Versace is integral to completing your carefully orchestrated street-style or evening ensemble, but footwear wasnt always the big deal it is for your average Adidas Yeezy enthusiast.
The decorative floor-length gowns that upper-class women of the 18th century wore meant that their shoes, then likely featuring high curved heels finished with woven or embroidered silks a sharp contrast to the heavy, rudimentary form of the eras footwear for men were partially or entirely obscured by the base of their ornate dresses. What good is fashion if its tucked away?
Our modern ages legions of sneakerheads might have trouble tracking down a pair of black-and-gold vintage Jordans but can at least fill their dream closets with original Adidas Gazelles or 1980s New Balances if they put the time in, while 1990s-era Prada pumps or a good pair of mid-20th-century jewel-tone heels in satin or silk havent lost their allure with todays nostalgic fashionistas.
A pair of shoes can commemorate an achievement, mark an important trip overseas and is sometimes a rich manifestation of a hard-won physical feat. Whether theyre Hermès sandals, Off-White ankle boots, ivory-leather-and-pink-daisy heels by sublime shoemakerManolo Blahnik or Louboutin platform pumps, you can find your next pair of legendary luxury vintage shoes today on 1stDibs.
The Story Behind Isabel Marant
The French fashion house was founded in 1994, by designer Isabel Marant, and debuted its first show in an abandoned garden, which very much set the tone of the brand’s design esthetics. 1999, saw the launch of the luxury label’s diffusion line – Isabel Marant, Étoile that manufactures similar styles yet in a more casual format.
The label crafts wearable bohemian clothing, shoes and accessories, drawing inspiration from throughout the world. The footwear is exceptionally popular amongst the fashion pack and has been worn by the likes of Katie Holmes, Anne Hathaway and Kate Bosworth. Crafted in Italy, it’s safe to say, that slipping into a pair of Isabel Marant shoes is always a treat.
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