If shoes are a girl’s best friend, three cool new accessories to jazz up your feet may well start a new love affair .
What: Exactly what the name suggests – condoms for your stilettos. Easy to wear, they give your shoes a complete makeover.
First conceptualised by Puerto Rican investment banker-turned-entrepreneur Sandrysabel Ortiz in 2010, when she was 23 years old, heel condoms come in all kinds of designs – feathers, satin, fur, velvet, straps and lace. Wear them over the heels of your regular black, red or beige stilettos and transform them instantly. Also, you get to travel lighter as you now pack in just one pair of shoes and several heel condoms, instead of a pair to match each of your outfits.
When and where to wear: Best for evening wear. Simply carry a heel condom in your bag and put it on over your regular office heels after work, and voila! You’re ready to hit the town for a night of partying.
Available in India: Buy online at Feelinwow.com or follow FootCondoms on Facebook. Priced at Rs 900- Rs 1200.
What: Funky, quirky, stylish sandals sans the sole. Yes, you read that right. Barefoot sandals, also called foot thongs, are dainty, beautiful accessories for your feet. A variation of anklets, these extend from your second toe to your ankle. Barefoot sandals come in all kinds of designs – elegant gold or silver chains, cute little charms, statement florals, sexy laces, fun beads, sassy crochets and more.
When and where to wear: Most suitable as beachwear, because they’re perfect for walking in the sand. These are a rage at beach weddings, where the bride and her entourage flaunt their bare feet decked up in these dainty pieces in gold and studded crystals. For a more relaxed day in the sun, you can saunter around in one made of beads and sea shells. And for a shack party, there are varieties available in laces, straps and pleated flowers.
Available in India: Bangalore-based designer label Sneha & Himanshi (Hop N Sew on Facebook) make and retail a collection of barefoot sandals on Limeroad.com. Priced at Rs 400-Rs 500.
What: One of the more revolutionary things to have happened to fashion this year, interchangeable heels are the brainchild of Canadian-born, Paris-based designer Tanya Heath. These are comfortable shoes that can be transformed from flats to heels with a simple switch. All of Heath’s creations – strappy sandals, regular pumps, versatile ballet flats and even thigh-high boots – come with interchangeable heels of varying heights and styles.
When and Where to Wear: Ideal for working women who travel by public transport or walk to their workplace. The idea is to carry the heels in your bag – instead of straining your feet all day – and only put them on when needed. Some of the snazzier metallic numbers with spikes and glitter can in fact be carried off well into the night to the club or to parties.
Available in India: Not available in the country as yet, but can be ordered online at Tanyaheath.com/en. However, at 360-590 euros (Rs 26,600- Rs 43,500 approx), the pricing is a little steep.
From HT Brunch, October 25
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