Sunday, 30 October 2011
I spy Salvatore Ferragamo 'Vara' pumps
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.
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.
Islabell of A Fine Day For Sailing demonstrates how the shoe moves seamlessly through the seasons from Autumn to Summer.
Foxtail and Fern's Hannah uses her varas to complete her chic and studious style.
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.