Red carpet shoes tend to be two things: sleek and sparkly. Sandals like Jimmy Choo’s Minny and Stuart Weitzman’s Nudist have reinforced these tendencies when it comes to award-show footwear. The dress (or tuxedo) is the main attraction, after all, and the shoes, bag and jewelry should complement it.
The heels that actress Kerry Washington wore to the Golden Globes on Sunday night didn’t stray very far from that practice, but — like the star’s Altuzarra ensemble — there was something more attention-grabbing about them. Covered entirely in mini crystal studs, the strappy sandals had an extra fringe of crystal and a single pearl hanging from the ankle. A silver toe ring on the star’s left foot seemed like an extra wink for the entire look, which was styled by Law Roach.
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But the shoes aren’t meant to be precious, according to their designer, Magda Butrym. “I don’t really design with a red carpet in mind,” she told FN. “But I am a big believer in elevating the wardrobe and in infusing a bit of glamour to an everyday life.” The Polish stylist and creative director seems committed to that philosophy since her eponymous line is known for its crystal fringes, which adorn everything from velvet wrap dresses to sky-high thigh boots worn by the likes of Emily Ratajkowski and Kendall Jenner.
To infuse an Old Hollywood feel to the Ireland sandal, Butrym added the pearl. “[It’s] long been a staple for those with a more classic aesthetic,” she said. “The single pearl is a more modern way to wear [pearls] rather than the double strings of previous eras.”
A style similar to of the Magda Butrym sandal is now on sale. As for the toe ring? Well, perhaps a comeback is in the works.
To Buy: Chan Luu toe ring, $175.
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