i LOVE the new spring collection from Charlotte Stone. i have two pairs of sandals by this awesome LA based designer, and i have never ever had so many people ask me “where did you get those?”
soooooooo… Birkenstock, huh? as soon as the topic is raised someone will pipe up, “but i’ve been wearing them forever!” – and, it’s true. any reasonable person will tell you how comfortable they are. i practically lived in mine when i was a teen. my German sister in laws have been wearing them for decades. so it’s kinda cool to see them so de rigueur right now. i particularly love the Monterey black on black version (which, it turns out, are pretty hard to find!) and the white Arizona. not bad for a shoe brand that’s 240 years old.
shoes from Charlotte Stone. it’s as almost as if she invaded my dreams and asked, “what would your ideal shoes be, Diana?” this would be them, Charlotte. with names like Barton, Dot, Jasper, Joss and Kew – i would like one of each, please.
A native of Kingston Ontario, Charlotte Stone grew up in a family of graphic artists and interior designers and decided to become a shoe designer while still in her teens. She graduated from FIDM in Los Angeles, honed her skills with footwear factories in Italy, and has worked in her chosen métier ever since. She is also an avid surfer and weaver and co-designs, with her husband, a line of modernist hand-crocheted lounge chairs and furniture called Pacific Wonderland Inc.
as far as i can remember camper was one of the first famous international designer brands that opened a store in south africa (possibly in 2001/2? i remember going to the shop in the waterfront in my first year of university). their shoes were of such quality & so different from anything else you could get at the time. the boots were especially covetable (though pricey…), and everyone loved their twin range of shoes which were so clever & cute.
i’m not really one for clogs, but i really really love these (with the wooden “clog” heel). they are made by a company called swedish hasbeens and they’re called braided sky high. each one is individually handmade – wow. can imagine they’d be perfect year round – as sandals in summer, with tights in winter … south african winters that is. love the label too. they ship worldwide, but a pair costs roughly R1800. at least you can be assured that they do indeed last a lifetime.