August 8, 2011

Shoe of the Week – Cork sole Shoes

As I broke my toe during the weekend, I won't be able to wear heels for a couple of weeks and until then I couldn't photograph enough different outfits with those lovely shoes. Therefore, I will add some outfits that I had posted before, but which work well with the cause of Shoe of the Week.

This year shoes with natural materials made a big revival. I already featured Espadrilles that are made out of rope and canvas as a Shoe of the Week and now will show you shoes with cork soles. My pair is with a cork sole, but is also covered with faux leather on the heel.

Cork sole Shoes

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Already in Acient Greece, actors at the theatre with a higher rank wore shoes with a plateau heel to show off their status. The same applied for 16th century Venezian courtesans or Chinese Geishas. All in all, the platform shoes are supposed to give their bearer extra height.
The platform heels got extemely popular again in 1940s and 1950s, but had their biggest and prolonged success during the 1960s and 1970s. Especially in the USA, they belonged to the Hippie and disco era. The most popular style during that time was a simple light strap leather sandal with a cork wedge-heel platform sole. Those shoes were also known as the "Kork-Ease", but of course had several other companies imitating the style. Other material was used as well, such as wooden or synthetic soles and the shoes were made into boots or some sort of pumps.

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For a lunch meeting

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Jeans are normally problematic for business meetings, but are often ok for outings before dinner. A chic blazer and a blouse enhance the styling and give it a chic yet stylish look. Add some well picked accessories and a clutch.

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What I wore

Pants: Long Fashion
Blazer, Top & Bag: H&M
Blouse: C&A
Ring (Toe Ring): Bijou Brigitte
Necklace: Thrifted
Bracelet: Street Vendor; Brazil
LipStick: Nivea Colour Passion Chantal Thomass LE "Rose So Lovely"
Nail Polish: Catrice "From Dusk to Dawn"

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For a summer picknick at the park


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Summer ist the best season for getting away with a Bohemian or Hippie styling. For a picknick with friends, a comfortable and light combination is perfect. Work with layers to compensate some wind and feel free to add as much jewelry as you feel comfortable with.


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Dress (as skirt): Lindex
Cardigan: Bon Prix
Tops: H&M
Belt: ?
Earrings: Street Vendor; South Africa
Ring: Bijou Brigitte
Necklace & Bracelet: Gift from my mother
Nail Polish: Catrice "From Dusk to Dawn"

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For a wedding

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Spring and Summer weddings are perfect for flower dresses and pastel colors. wear a cute little sundress and pair it with a light cardigan and some cute and chic accessories! Be aware that you keep it demure for the church etc. No too big cleavage or too short hem line. Wear a silk slip under the dress to avoid any accidental peaks of your underwear and add a top to cover up the bigger cleavage.

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What I wore

Dress: Vero Moda
Cardigan: C&A
Silk Slip (for those that don’t know what is meant by that, it’s not my undies!): Thrifted, KleiderKreisel
Bag: Vintage YSL; Thrifted
Headband: Claire’s
Ring: I am


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