Ban The Barefoot

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Racing season is upon us again, and year after year we encounter the same dilemma at the end of a day at the Races: to die in heels or to go barefoot? Most opt for the second, not realising that once you ditch the shoes you’re also ditching all your class. In Portuguese, we have a saying: “saí um luxo, voltei um lixo”, a pun that’s roughly translated as “I left all dressed up, came back like garbage”… or something like that. You get the picture. And why would anyone want to stumble around Flinders Street barefoot on their way home?

That’s why Zu Shoes came up with a brilliant concept for this year’s Spring Carnival. Showing that comfort and class can actually go together, this Australian brand has developed the Ban the Barefoot range of Spring Racing accessories. They used the same prints on heels, clutches and foldable flats that come in small pouch bags. They all match and make it easy to avoid that end of the day embarrassment. Just wear your heels, carry your flats with you, and once your feet need a break you can just swap them over. Easy!

And if you’re still needing inspiration for your Melbourne Cup outfit, here’s some ideas featuring a few of my favourite brands…

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Aqui na Austrália é a época das corridas de cavalo, o “carnaval” dos australianos, que é até feriado. Todos os anos as pessoas trajam looks sociais caprichadíssimos, e ainda assim, todos os anos a gente vê  a mesma coisa acontecendo ao final do dia: a mulherada não agüenta mais de dor no pé e aí, bêbadas, um monte delas simplesmente tira o salto e volta pra casa descalça. É o cúmulo do “saí um luxo, voltei um lixo”. Uma desgraça!

Foi por isso que a Zu, uma marca de sapatos australiana, desenvolveu este ano uma campanha chamada Ban the Barefoot (algo como “Abolindo os Descalços”).  Eles criaram uma linha de acessórios para as corridas que mostram que classe e conforto podem sim andar juntos. Usando a mesma estampa, os saltos, carteiras de mão e sapatilhas dobráveis em saquinhos de pano combinam todos entre si pra ninguém precisar pagar mico no fim do dia. É só usar os saltos, levar as sapatilhas com você, e trocar quando as pés começarem a doer. Fácil!

E se alguém ainda precisa de inspiração para achar uma roupa para as corridas, aqui vão algumas idéias com peças de algumas das minhas marcas preferidas…

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Zu Home Time flats, Astra heels and Enchanted clutch; Forever New Kourtney fascinator and Cara dress; Matina Amanita Adora ring and Adora earrings from Lady Petrova.

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Zu Gala Evening heels and Home Time flats; Forever New Angeline dress, With Love clutch, Laura ring and Kimberly earrings; Lovisa Crystal and Silver Strech head chain.   

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Zu Home Time flats, Charlie clutch and Marley Evening heels; Lady Petrova Speak To Me Pretty dress, K is for Kani flower crown, Orelia for Forever New Set of 3 bangles, Swarovski Studs earrings,  Swarovski Stone ring.

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Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Three Straps Elevated heels, Scholl Party Feet Ballet flats from Priceline, Lady Petrova flower crown, Cameo Cease Fire dress and Lime Crime Red Velvet lip stain from Lady Petrova, Forever New Lulu Stardust Heart earrings, Orelia for Forever New Oversized Bow necklace and Knot Heart ring.

            

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