As the Rockstud is to Valentino and the BB pump is to Manolo, the Tribute Sandal is to Saint Laurent. The shoe has long been the brand’s footwear staple, launching YSL into the shoe stratosphere in the pre-Hedi Slimane days. With Slimane taking over and shifting the brand to an androgynous, rock’n’roll-glam aesthetic, is the Tribute Sandal starting to feel outdated?
The Tribute sandal debuted in 2004 under then-creative director Stefano Pilati, and even though Slimane took over in 2013, the brand continues to manufacture the sandal in various colors and heel heights. Without a doubt, the sandal is definitely profitable for the brand, but at the same time, a slight change may be needed. I think the sandal should still be featured in a platform version,but a single-sole option should also be made available to give this sandal a fresh twist on a popular design.
Do you think it’s time for the Tribute Sandal to be revamped, or do you think it’s fine the way it is?