Let’s hope these Jeffrey Campbell’s Sabra sandals will be restocked in lavender.
There’s something about strappy heels and lavender/purple that I can’t resist. These are my adult version of my mauve suede shoes. (Read on.)
Purple is one of those colours that evokes a spectrum of emotions with each of its tones.
Deep purple is
a band regal; it is the colour worn by the Lion Bruno and Queen Honey Bear in a Richard Scarry book I had as a child. It is the colour of which His Royal Purpleness Prince’s world is made of, with purple rain and raspberry berets.
It is the colour of heroic Purple Hearts and those who want to champion diseases (Purple Day for supporting epilespy around the world or Put on Purple Day for the Lupus Foundation of America, amongst many others) and more recently, purple has helped raise awareness for domestic abuse on Put on Purple Day.
Purple’s lighter tones, however, are my favourite. Maybe ’cause mauve, or lilac, is closer to pink. Or rather because when I was 9 I had mauve shoes from Heyraud that I LOVED. My mauve suede shoes. My mom had a high-heeled pair which I used to try on every time she went out, carefully replacing them in her closet before she returned. (How do you think I learned to walk in heels?)
Now I have my own purple shoes.
A few years ago, I had a retro-like pair from Minelli with an ankle strap and cute tiny bow in front. Wore it to its literal death.
This year I bought a cheap pair of pale lilac wedges from New Look – 20 euros and still walking. (But they get dirty super fast.)
About ten years ago, I bought these Enzo Angiolini bejeweled sandals in metallic purple for an event.
But these vintage Charles Jourdan ones are the most precious. My mom, who had bought them over 35 years ago, gave them to me. (And she knows that it is one of her many shoes I used to try on in secret when I was little. Ooops.)
I’m now waiting for the winter sales in January to get my hands on the Millicent metallic sandals, designed by Georgia May Jagger for Minelli. The colour of rock ‘n’ roll royalty. Crown me queen.