The next time you walk down the aisle, you might find yourself looking at the pink shoe you’ve just purchased.
The new fashion trend is called ‘pink heels’, and it involves getting a pair of pinkish-red shoes made out of a material called “sandalwood” (or ‘sandal’ in some places) that is also used for creating lace and ribbon.
It’s a new trend that could have a big impact on the lives of women of colour, with a number of organisations and brands announcing that they will be launching a range of pink shoes and accessories to support the new style.
Here’s a guide to help you out.
What is sandalwood?
sandal wood is a special kind of fibrous material that has the ability to absorb moisture.
It is often used to create lace and other fabrics, but it can also be used as a natural material for building and maintaining buildings.
The material has been used for many centuries to create beautiful wood panels and for many years to make furniture.
But in recent years, the industry has been focusing more on the use of sandal-wood to create shoes, as it has more durability and strength.
“We’ve been seeing this new style for a few years now, but we’re seeing a lot of innovation in this area,” says Toni Gagliardi, director of the Saks Fifth Avenue Soho, the company that made the ‘pinks’ shoes.
“For women of color, it’s really important to have something that’s really feminine and that’s actually comfortable.”
Some designers have started to use the material in their shoes to create ‘flip-flops’, and some women have started using the material to make decorative pieces in their homes.
“There’s this growing trend that people are starting to incorporate more sandalwoods into their shoes, because sandal is very durable,” says Gaglie.
“But sandal can also make you look pretty ugly.”
How does sandal create a dress?
In the sandal workshop, a team of craftsmen are working on a pattern that can create a lace-up dress, such as the one above.
The process involves carefully carving the edges of the dress with a saw or a drill, then using a fine saw blade to cut the sambar wood into the shape of the lace.
What does it cost?
The price of sambalwood varies depending on the material used, but some brands have already started making the material available for purchase.
Some of the most affordable brands are GAP Shoes, who are launching a pink ‘sandals’ shoe that retails for $39.99 (US$34.99).
In fact, there are also pink-coloured versions of these shoes that are available for £30.99, while the GAP Signature Shoes range is priced at £35.99.
The cost of these materials is not insignificant, but for the average woman, it can add up to a lot more.
“Sandals can be really expensive, and some of the price tags are quite ridiculous,” says Shona Shook, director at the Everyday Feminism Women’s Health & Wellness Lab at the University of Toronto, which has also launched a pink-flowered ‘pinky’ line.
“You can get a pair for $30 [US$28.49] and that can’t be justified.”
Are they worth it?
For the average shopper, there is a very high expectation of what a dress will look like, and most people don’t pay attention to the cost of their shoes.
That’s why it’s important to understand how the material is made and the work involved in creating it, says Gagniardi.
“It’s important that you do your research and get a good sense of how the process is done,” she says.
“When you see the price tag, and then when you actually go into the workshop, it doesn’t take long to realise you’re not getting the quality you want.”
How to use them?
“I can’t stress enough how important it is to wear heels that fit properly,” says Chantelle, a customer at the boutique GAGGLIAR.
“And then I just need to put them on.”
Here are some tips for getting the perfect pair of white-floured ‘pigskin’ shoes that match your shoes: 1.
Try a size up.
“If you’re a tall woman, maybe you should go up a size,” says Rachel.
“A size down for a shorter lady is just as good.”
2: Choose the right material.
“Don’t buy the material that’s going to be the least comfortable for you,” says Yvette.
“Buy something that is going to look beautiful on your feet.”
“You want something that will stay put, and that will last,” says Livia.
“Try to find something that has good stretchability.”
3: Measure your feet