Well, I knew writing about shoes would not take long, and alas, here I go! In my defense, fabulous shoes are on my mind as I have recently been helping my girlfriends finalize their outfits for the wonderful upcoming event – Wine Women & Shoes!
I was lucky enough to attend the Signature Luncheon last year, and I am sure anyone who has gone in the past will agree with me that it is a terrific event benefiting an equally terrific organization. Proceeds from the Wine Women & Shoes weekend support the Parenting Program of Forty Carrots Family Center, an agency dedicated to providing quality Parenting Education, Early Childhood Education and Child & Family Therapy. Forty Carrots has served our community for 24 years, offering services at 27 locations reaching children at the highest risk of abuse and neglect. Truly a beautiful, admirable event!
So, needless to say, shoes are on my mind. While there are amazing new collections released every season by various designers, one shoe which has demonstrated serious lasting power since its original debut in 2004 is the iconic Saint Laurent Tribute Sandal. By now, the Tribute Sandal has officially reached cult status, and are worn by celebrities, fashionistas, and tons of women alike.
If I am treating myself to a luxury fashion item, I generally prefer to indulge in items I find are not “too trendy”, as I want to be able to enjoy it for more than the current season. For me, the Tribute Sandal checks the “classic style” box, and are seriously SO versatile! I find myself grabbing them often regardless of where I am headed…they can truly be easily dressed up or down. I have paired Tributes with professional “work attire”, formal dresses, rompers and jumpsuits and jeans. (The Tributes and denim is actually one of my favorite ways to style the shoe.) And, to that point, Saint Laurent continues to release the sandals in a huge variety of colors/prints/materials. For any true Tribute collector (and I actually know some gals who are!), new designs are released every season! In my opinion, sticking with relatively neutral colors and materials – nude, black, browns and blues in patent and/or smooth leather – works best.
The sandals feature intertwining straps and an adjustable ankle strap, and are available in two heel heights. The Tribute 105 has a total heel height of 5.3 inches (sounds daunting I know!), and the Tribute 75 a total heel height of 4.1 inches. The platform height of both styles is 1.2 inches. And, we all know what a platform does…it makes your legs look SO LONG…YAY!
Next, and arguably more important, the Tribute sandal is extremely easy to walk in (and dance in!) and truly comfortable. They are definitely a true stiletto with a significant arch, but the platform makes them, surprisingly, incredibly comfortable. The first time I tried them on, I recall saying to the sales associate “OMG these are so comfy!” and his response, “So I have heard...once that shoe leaves the store we never have customers return them!” Well, I am yet to return mine, so…I get it!
I am including a few photos of a pair of my Tributes, which are the patent leather Classic Tribute Sandal in the pale pink color. I am a lover of all things nude because of the color’s versatility, and I have found this color to be just as versatile! The shoes are sold in a beautiful Saint Laurent box with a care card, individual dust bags and extra heel tips – bonus!
The shoes are available for purchase from Saint Laurent’s websites, as well as several luxury department stores. For any of you Sarasota ladies, Saks Sarasota carries the Tribute Sandal, and you may have walked right by the Saint Laurent display in the beautiful 10022-Shoe Salon when entering the store. Next time, should you have the time…take a few moments and try a few pairs on…I promise you will not be disappointed! As always, thank you for being here and talk to you soon!