I am again afflicted by the demure designs by Valentino this spring. This "casual optional" espadrille wedge is an "unexpected mix of glossy patent and jaunty jupe", splendid for any seasonal soiree but burdensome on the billfold. While the asymmetrical bow that balances atop the peep-toe patent vamp is delightfully dressy the $475 sticker is slightly startling.
Don't, however, be discouraged. The Corso Como "Eartha" espadrille is equally engaging. With a similar sling-back style, the "Eartha" opts for a matte metallic and a criss-cross peep-toe instead of a bow. The shimmery spin on a vintage look is well worth the $109 value.