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Monday, February 28, 2011

Put A Cork In It!

patent & cork platform sandal, christian louboutin, neimanmarcus.com

If you were playing a game of Password (one of my favorites) and the password was “Cork,” what would be your hint words? Wine? Drinking? Wedges? Sandals? Perhaps the last two options wouldn’t be the obvious choices to give your partner a good shot at guessing the password, but you certainly wouldn’t be far off. Cork has now breeched the pigeonhole of being used strictly as an alcoholic stopper. Instead, it's become the IT material for footwear this Spring and Summer. And while you probably wouldn’t want to stop and smell your cork bottom sandals as you would a wine bottle cork, (that would be very risky considering some people do not clean up after their dogs on the street,) I can safely say that if you are without cork footwear next season, just stay home.

Cork is being used by designers in a multitude of ways to make sure all consumer bases are covered. A naturally occurring element from Portugal, Spain, and North Africa, cork oak tree bark is providing us with a beautiful, lightweight, material that can be colored, metallicized, laminated, and beyond. No wonder it is the go-to choice for so many brands both high end and affordable for the coming warm weather seasons. I have scoured the stores and the internet in search of some of the best cork footwear options for both young and old, rich and…trying not to be totally broke while still looking fab (we are a LARGE group.) There are infinite choices so good luck choosing and…Happy Shopping! 

river island, echo sandal with straps, asos.com

surface to air, may demi wedge cork sandal, asos.com

chain & leather cork wedge, see by chloe, neimanmarcus.com

chie mihara, didar cork wedge sandal, asos.com

christian louboutin, deroba denim wedge, neimanmarcus.com

forever21, glossy leatherette wedges, forever21.com

chloe, glove cork wedge, bergdorfgoodman.com

tory burch, jeanine snake print wedge, neimanmarcus.com

tory burch, pamela leopard print cork slide, neimanmarcus.com

dior, pickstitched t-strap cork wedge, niemanmarcus.com

forever21, polka dot wedges, forever21.com

sergio rossi, crisscross wedge sandals, shopbop.com

surface to air buckle liege cork wedge sandal, asos.com

donald j pliner, swarovski crystal cork wedge, neimanmarcus.com

prada, vitello butterfly wedge, bergdorfgoodman.com

forever21, 70s gal leatherette shoe, forever21.com

forever21, canvas slingback corked heel, forever21.com

chie mihara, eunice cork platform sandals, shopbop.com

manolo blahnik, cork crisscross slide, bergdorfgoodman.com

miu miu, double wrap cork sandal, bergdorfgoodman.com

frye, kara cork platform sandals, shopbop.com

frye, kara t strap platform sandals, shopbop.com

opening ceremony, chantal tstrap platform pumps, shopbop.com

dior, pickstitched cork heel sandal, bergdorfgoodman.com

prada, platform slingback sandal, bergdorfgoodman.com

steven, calvin suede sandals, shopbop.com

gucci, winona script cork clog, niemanmarcus.com

prada, zebra print calf hair sandal, niemanmarcus.com
manolo blahnik, flocked cork flower thong sandal, bergdorfgoodman.com

Hope this eases the pain of Monday morning...



  1. So much better than popping bottles first thing in the AM!!!

    Thanks Junkie for pouring style shots as always!

  2. Another thing I love about cork is that if it gets wet, it doesnt get ruined or smell like the raffia wedges do! You make me laugh out loud!