style: simple sandals

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sandals by fracturedradiance featuring black velvet shoes

This season’s turn toward “minimalist” style is an interesting development because, for the most part, it doesn’t really embrace minimalism. The blogging world is saturated with posts endorsing minimalist dressing by getting rid of a whole bunch of stuff you already own and replacing it with simpler garments, which in the end really just endorses over-consumption as usual.

That being said, I do like the classic shapes and understated styles, and there’s something to be said for buying a pair of sandals that look like the ones featured above instead of knee high gladiators or bedazzled flip flops certain to be out of style in a couple of years. So, hooray for minimalism embraced responsibly. If you’re hankering for a pair of sandals, maybe go with a classic silhouette you can wear for years, but don’t go crazy and buy a different pair of “minimalist” sandals for every day of the week.

All sandals shown above are domestically produced, handmade, fair trade, responsibly manufactured, or vintage. Click on the styleboard to be redirected to product sources.

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About Leah

I have a vintage clothing company called Platinum & Rust (.com). I'm also passionate about fair trade and sustainability issues; I work at a fair trade, organic coffee shop and blog about sustainable fashion at StyleWiseGuide.com.
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2 Responses to style: simple sandals

  1. Sonya Mann says:

    I think there’s aesthetic minimalism and material minimalism, and those are different things. I like both, although I think there are ways to be materially flamboyant (to coin a phrase) without behaving unethically. E.g. thrift shopping.

    • Leah says:

      That’s a good point, but I think a lot of people get it confused. Like they’ll actually say in their posts that they’re trying to get rid of stuff and then they’ll go out and buy some “minimalist” looking garments.

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