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Sandal Search: Barneys

Strapped in with Derek Lam and Pierre Hardy

June 2, 2009

In honor of every one of the 80 degrees we’re expected to enjoy today, here are two great sandals I spied at Barnys this weekend.

The first pair is by Pierre Hardy, a designer so prolific he has to put his stamp on soles at Hermes, Balenciaga, the Gap, and his own eponymous label. These ones are so barely-there and perfect that I almost forgot that I typically don’t care for the blue-and-brown colorway (hard to see here but the heel portion is a dusty taupe). Oh, and they were on sale. For a song.

The second pair, below, are by American designer Derek Lam. I feel like there aren’t a lot of bright colors out there right now — and even though I am in love with all the dusty peaches and pale, nude pinks, I found myself really attracted to this red and turquoise thing. Probably because the colors are so nicely balanced by the natural leather ankle strap.

I do wonder though, what would a girl do if she wasn’t interested in goddess or gladiator straps? Because truly, I’m not sure you can obtain a pair of sandals in this town – or on this planet – that don’t feel like they were made for some mythical sword-yielding, sun-taming heroine of the 21st Century.

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