I love the Olympics. I grew up in Atlanta, and when I was a little soccer-playing (and soccer-obsessed) 10-year-old, the Olympics came to my hometown. During those Games, I sat up in my bedroom, far past my bedtime, and watched the US women’s soccer team win a gold medal in the stadium at the school where I would eventually go to college. On another night, in the living room with my mom, I watched the Magnificent Seven win the women’s all-around gymnastics gold for the US in an arena not so many miles from my house. When you’re ten years old and the Olympics are happening in your real life, the idea that you can do anything you dream of doing suddenly isn’t so abstract. I don’t know if I’d be the person I am today without having seen that kind of incredible human achievement, particularly that incredible female achievement, at that close of a range.
In addition to my own affinity for the Olympics, the rest of the PurseBlog team is made up of former competitive swimmers, so we’ve been watching and talking about the Games a lot. In light of our recent obsession, the Ancient Greek Ikaria Metallic Sandals seem particularly appropriate.
These winged gold sandals are intended as a reference to the myth of Icarus, of course, but when you mix Greece, gold and fleet feet in my mind right now, all you get is the Olympics. I would absolutely love to see a female athlete take to the medal podium in these shoes; they can be the chic counterpart to swimmer Ryan Lochte and his groan-inducing American flag “grill.” Just don’t fly too close to the sun while wearing them. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $245.