Maria Gold Dancing Shoes
Inspired by the glamour of the dance floor, Maria is an absolute showstopper and wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Dirty Dancing! It’s something of a favourite in the Rachel Simpson office, although the same can’t be said of our lovely factory in Spain, as the intricate design means it takes hours to make each pair! Each one of the twenty four (yes, twenty four) spaghetti straps which make up the front of the shoe have to be lasted individually (that’s when they stretch the shoe around the mould), which as you can imagine takes a lot of time, and even more skill. The result is worth it though, and we love the way it encases your foot, as well as the gorgeous vintage style knot in the centre.
Whilst the back may look a little complicated in all its strappiness, it’s actually remarkable simple to wear. The ankle straps are pre-looped so you can just pop your foot through and then pull both ends to tighten, wrapping any excess around your ankle before tying securely. You can wrap it once and tie a large floppy bow, or twice to create a cute double knot feature at the front, as shown on our model. However you decide to style it up, we know you’ll be super comfortable in a pair of Maria (as we said, it’s a bit of a favourite, we’ve tried), largely due to the cute little heel which is lower than you’d traditionally expect for such a glamorous shoe. Nobody puts baby in the corner.
Maria is fairly true to size so we recommend ordering your usual size. The leather straps will give a little during wear, so if you are in between sizes go for the smaller of the two.