While Christmas might still be a ways away, this year, it kind of felt like it came a little early for me, with some new favorite pieces having been introduced to my wardrobe as of late. These shoes are definitely at the top of that list - not just because they happen to come from my favorite SF shoe boutique, Sentiero, but also because they draw inspiration from Paul Gauguin, one of the first painters my mother ever shared with me, and one of the first painters whose work I got to really see and appreciate in person.
The faces on these shoes (and actually the entire F/W 16/17 collection) reference Gaugin's Tahitian women, particularly those from his most famous painting, 'When are you getting married,' as a main source of inspiration - down to the Monoi flowers that sit at the ankles. But my favorite part are the gorgeous faces and how they turn an elegant boot shape into the most breathtaking piece of art to grace my closet shelves. I'd be lying if I didn't say it makes them a little hard to wear sometimes, as they really do feel like a work of art. But on the other hand, every time I wear them instantaneously feels like a very special day.
By the way, if you want these shoes, they are exclusive to Sentiero in the Bay Area - and I recommend checking out the rest of their Loriblu collection (and while you're at it, peep the rest of their goods - right now, all women's collections are 20% off and men's are 10% off. I've been dying over this pink little number myself...)
Photos by Nikko DeTranquilli