Fall may have crested the horizon, but those of us still immersed in sultry climates continue to have summer on the brain: specifically, well-ventilated footwear options for the slow slide into the new season. And while June through August typically brings with it all types of lighthearted footwear-from gladiator sandals to open-weave huaraches, moccasins and brogues, raffia-crested strappy sandals and rhinestone-emblazoned shower slides, flip-flops and block-heeled pumps and beyond-for those less inclined toward light and dainty than to heavy and happening, this summer also brought an old reliable back into the limelight: Dr. Scholl′s Original sandals. What is essentially a wooden platform with anatomical footbed became the grounding force behind any number of layered ruffled looks, swinging crocheted skirts, and flared denim trousers. From a shoot with Caroline Trentini and her son, Bento (where every look bore a pair of Scholl′s) to Vogue′s own market department on out, it seemed that everywhere you looked this summer there was the deft clomp of a Scholl-every step, a workout for the foot (the very vision of health, as imagined back in 1904, by one Dr. William Mathias Scholl!) and every look stealthily reaping the benefit of a dose of literally elevating hippie-dippie 1970s-era crunch and charm (a clog-sandal! Imagine!) alongside a certain rudimentary simplicity. Birkenstock who? Get a pair and get ready to flex those toes until autumn really kicks in.
With her eyes almost continually covered by amorphous vintage sunglasses, it′s hard to imagine anyone more qualified than stylist Catherine Baba to create a collection of shades inspired by, well, her own. I just can′t take them off my face, darling! enthuses the Australian-born Parisian transplant, who studied her own flea market eyewear finds, amassed over decades (I got my first pair in Sydney as a child age ten . . . perhaps younger), for the project and is now, as you′d hope, a die-hard fan. After all, if 28.6K Instagram followers covet her fashion-forward look on the street style circuit-that usually means vintage Yves Saint Laurent paired with turbans, or some elaborate piece of couture draped in a more aerodynamic way, so she can make her way around the city on a bike-it′s likely there′s a significant number of advocates who′d throw a euro or dollar her way in order to grab a piece of the action themselves.
3 Comments To "This Was the Summer of Dr. Scholl′s"