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Look, I love a designer piece as much as the next person, and I won’t even act like I don’t just give in and make the occasional splurge purchase from time to time, but the reality is that for all the luxury goods that are on my wish list every season, only a very small percentage get added to my shopping cart.
Shoes are a weakness of mine, and as much as I’d love to have a dreamy collection of designer shoes at my disposal, it’s just not feasible to do so. So, I mix a few good quality high street dupes with the real deal to build up my collection.
Minimal sandals have experienced a resurgence from the 90s for the last few years but the pair that have always made me do a double take are The Row’s Bare Sandals – there’s just something about the barely there strappy slingbacks that won me over. The designer version retails from around $950AUD but there are quite a few inspired versions if you don’t want to break the bank.
I managed to nab a fantastic dupe by Atmos & Here on The Iconic. For my AU-based friends, they’re on final sale for $43 and come in black and white. An absolute steal and with a leather upper. (I’m normally an AU 6.5/EU 37 but as they’re not offered in half sizes, I went down a half size and bought the size 6. They fit perfectly.) For everyone else, it’s hard to pass up this version by Tony Bianco that also come in white, nude and silver. And at around 1/6th of the price of The Row’s version, it’s hard to pass up.
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The straps are so delicate that you might think these would be a very uncomfortable and unsupportive shoe, but I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they were to walk in, perhaps due in part to the manageable 65mm heel. The sandals were so popular a couple of years ago – heels by The Row tend to have that effect – and they’re so versatile because of their ‘barely there’ style. I love how they look here with my jeans but I can picture some chic summer ensembles including a summer dress or a pair of tailored shorts that I also think would work perfectly.
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