Sunday, 30 October 2011

I spy Salvatore Ferragamo 'Vara' pumps

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Maria of Custard Heart Vintage shows off her enviable mock croc Varas.

Over the past couple of months I have been becoming increasingly obsessed with the iconic Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pump. Not only is it the chicest 'sensible' shoe I have ever encountered, it can be reliably found in the wardrobes of the most stylish women in the blogosphere and beyond.

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Ashley Ording of Fancy Fine and Alexa Chung team their Varas with pretty pinafores.

Invented by Salvatore Ferragamo's eldest daughter Fiamma in 1978, the Vara was marketed as a 'sporty and elegant pump' to fit the busy lifestyle of the modern woman and, with its 1.3 inch block heel and array of colours and textures, it has certainly succeeded. At £240 they do not come cheap and yet every single blogger except me seems to have thrifted at least one pair at a heart-wrenchingly low price. Even still, if my obsession continues with the fury it currently maintains, I may well fork out for a pair as they seem like such a great investment and no shoes appears to work better with vintage outfits.

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Islabell of A Fine Day For Sailing demonstrates how the shoe moves seamlessly through the seasons from Autumn to Summer.

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Foxtail and Fern's Hannah uses her varas to complete her chic and studious style.

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A Fine Day For Sailing

The Salvatore Ferragamo website only appears to stock the vara in black calfskin and black patent (unfortunately with a silver centre rather than a gold) although more colours are available on a variety of other stockists' websites and, as I have seen everything from navy to peach patent styles worn by bloggers, I am encouraged to believe that the entire spectrum of colours can be found in vintage and charity shops. I can only hope it's true.

13 comments:

  1. I feel the exact same way about this! I've been seeking out a pair forever, but they seem impossible to come by! I actually did buy a pair of Ferragamos at a local goodwill this week for $5, but they don't fit me... and of course they weren't the vara pumps... Maybe someday...

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  2. Try ebay, it took a lot of trawling but I am now on my third pair and I am a convert for life! SF4LYF!

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  3. I've never commented before, but I love your blog and I just wanted to say that you can find the Ferragamos at Etsy for fairly reasonable prices.

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  4. Me to! I am literally obsessed! They would go with pretty much everything I own! Still searching...

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  5. most definitely the perfect shoe

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  6. Thanks for enlightening me on such a lovely item, especially with a chunky heal and must have for my shoe collection. Great post x

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  7. Ohh i have a pair of these! I found them in a local vintage store. I didn't realise they were anything special aside from being pretty comfy, oopps O_O I'll let you know if i see any around manchester! xx

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  8. Ah! I love that you dedicated a post to ferragamo lovin. :) :)

    Hit up ebay and a cheap pair will show up eventually. Those brown ones of mine were thrifted but my new blue ones I got for $20 on ebay.

    Also!!!! Go at least a size up (at least for vintage) they fit small.
    xxx

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  9. Great post! I love these shoes xx

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  10. i would love to stumble upon a pair of these in a thrift store that actually fits me.

    thank you for your comment about long distance relationships...my boy and i have been at it for a year now and it hasn't been easy in the slightest...he made a very poor decision and the last 6 months have been me trying to forgive him. we are around 450 miles apart (a 7 hour drive), so visits are few and far between. i'm really glad to hear that you and your boy are in the same place now! :)

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