The imperial sandals by Balmain
Shoes as black as India ink, with straps adorned with gold at the ends and the heel, sharp as a cleaver,
with marbled resin like tortoise shells.
Summer evenings in Balmain sandals
Kimono jackets embroidered with sequins like scales, obi belts, dresses in mosaic of lacquered brown leather … for his pre-collection fall-winter 2022-2022, Olivier Rousteing, the artistic director of Balmain, was inspired
by the extravagance of Diana Vreeland and the traditional Asian costumes in the imperial era. These high-top evening
sandals are dressed in black satin like gilded Indian ink on the edge, and marbled resin like tortoise shells, the
ultimate reminder of the Celestial Empire, which considered the animal to be the allegory of the world. Precious pumps,
to wear in the evening to play the “China Girl” in the torpor of summer nights.
Sandals in satin and resin tortoise shell, Balmain, 990 euros.