Iguana Blue (left) and Burnt Orange Croco (right)
Since we are still on the topic of holiday essentials, I have been on the lookout for flip flops that are stylish and comfortable. While I do love my Havaianas (they are cheap and so lightweight) they don’t exactly blend in on stylish streets of Capri or Saint Tropez.
Enter our latest discovery, George Blue, which is a luxury shoe brand based on one simple design – the humble flip flop. Founded by Singapore based investment banker Rebecca Walters, the brand aims to combine elegant and wearable designs with artisanal craftsmanship.
The result is an extensive collection of flip flops that are luxed up to the max thanks to high quality leathers and exquisite craftsmanship (every pair is handmade in Tuscany at the same factory used by cobblers such as Christian Louboutin and features a signature beige leather sole).
First up there are the Essentials, which includes classic colours such as nude or metallic silver, as well as more fashion forward designs (think animal prints). The Chiarone collection features animal embossed leathers on tan soles in a fun palette of ocean blues, burnt orange, emerald greens and ruby reds. The Lacona includes calf hair styles that are matched with a chic black sole. Finally, for the ultimate in flip flop luxury there is the Maremma which uses real CITES certified python skins.
George Blue also donates S$5 for each pair of sandals purchased to New York based Maloto, which feeds and educates children and women in Malawi.
George Blue is available online at www.georgeblue.com.