Under John Gallianio, the Dior label has never been a slavish follower of trends. Season after season, the collections the brand’s New Look glory days and sophisticated, discerning female clientele are referenced and appeased in some way or another, no matter what might be happening in fashion at large. In many ways, it’s admirable that Galliano keeps the true spirit of the luxury house alive while still updating it (although not as much as some would prefer) for a new generation of customers.
Of the major labels, Dior is one of the only ones (save for perhaps Valentino) who would be producing the Dior Libertine Peep-Toe Sandal right now, while the rest of footwear is tending toward masculine workboots and thick heels. Dior knows its audience, and the people who patronize the brand will certainly adore this shoe.
Amid all the heavily platform’d lace-up boots and bright leopard haircalf pumps that we’ve seen so far for fall, this shoe is almost a bit of a high-glamour shock to the senses. The design is almost self-consciously antitrend, since it didn’t even go so far as to embrace the kitten heel, which is perhaps the only place that traditional adult femininity has cornered in this season’s footwear.
As much as I love the work boots and leopard for fall (and I really, really love them), alternatives are important and good for fashion. If you’re a woman who likes your femininity straight up and with no twist, these are the perfect adult-glamour shoes for you. The carved heel is a nice final touch. Buy through Saks for $780.