posted by: designer in Cole Haan Shoes on December 19th, 2010
It’s both hard and easy to believe that when the Cole Haan label was first launched, it dealt exclusively with men’s shoes. I know that doesn’t really make sense, but here’s what I mean: the label now obviously specializes in women’s shoes as well, and knows how to run the gamut between casual, sexy, flirty, and formal. However, Cole Haan’s more casual women’s footwear still holds the kind of practicality and functionality seen in some of the label’s men’s shoes. Personally, I think the combination is just right, especially when it comes to a pair of shoes like these Air Swan Sandals ($198 at Neiman Marcus). And by the bye, since there are still a few shopping days left before Christmas: you get to take an additional 30 percent off these shoes and many more; the sale lasts until December 23. Sweet!
But back to these sandals: as you can see, they’re barely sandals at all. They’re like a hybrid: sandal, pump, and sneaker. Call me crazy, but I love that. The style comes in different variations, such as black velvet, but I chose to highlight the Ink Velvet version, which is aptly named, because the dark blue velvet looks like the inky night sky. I’m typically wary about velvet shoes because the fabric is hard to keep pristine and prone to rubbing off with a lot of wear, but in this case, I don’t care. I love the color, especially the way it complements the silhouette.
This is actually part of the collection for Maria Sharapova by Cole Haan. The upper part of the shoe is velvet, as are the lace details. And, of course, to keep the high heel comfortable, there is some very discreet Nike Air technology going on here. Speaking of the heel, it’s 4 and ¼ inches, but that is taken down thanks to the 1 and ¼ inch platform. In addition to the open back, there’s a precious little peep toe.
But still. There are many fashion mavens who say velvet is just a bit outdated. What’s your take?