Salvatore Ferragamo VarinaSharp Flat
July 30, 2014
Design a fashion piece with enough vision and artistry, and your name can become shorthand for your creation. It’s how all nylon totes have become “Longchamp bags” and all bright, whimsical silk patterns — even the knockoffs — have become “Pucci prints.” With Chanel and Tory Burch alike known for their designs, there’s a higher-than-usual amount of iconic names associated with ballet flats. And yet even in that market, Salvatore Ferragamo is still the (ahem) shoe-in.
Ferragamo’s vision is unmistakeable in his celebrated “Vara” and “Varina” flats: The ballerinas ooze his signature brand of Italian craftsmanship. Bright shades lend a pop of color, barely-there heels lend a pop of height and shiny patent leather keeps it looking good as new. But the real winner, and the flat’s most iconic feature, is the grosgrain bow. A ribbon on a grown-up shoe risks the possibility of appearing sappy or saccharine. But on the Vara or Varina, it’s the opposite: perfectly suited to walk the elegant streets of Florence, also home to the Ferragamo Museum.
Too many city street can wear on a shoe, however, and that’s where Ferragamo’s glossy models truly shine. With a rubber sole and leather lining, the Vara and Varina can withstand all types of surfaces with no breaking in required. These flats aren’t just suited sartorially for Florence — they’re practically made for cobblestones. With this degree of travel-friendliness, it’s the kind of shoe that can get you from the Santa Croce to the Sky Bar in 40 minutes. Flat. And that’s the kind of shortcut that any traveler can appreciate.