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When we connected with Melbourne designer Karen Booker, we felt the lj struthers line had found a perfect shoe-conspirator, and we're so excited to share this Australian label with you.
The Booker & Co aesthetic fits with lj struthers like a linen sock on a luxury-loving foot; these are artful, innovative designs with cleverly engineered details and no regard whatsoever for fashion!
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Importantly for us, they're also possessed of an essential adaptability. We've selected 3 styles - a sandal, a lace-up and a slingback/clog hybrid (better than it sounds) - which take you from sweet and preppy to sharp and arty. A blank slate to play with for years, at the end of each day they revert to a beautifully handcrafted, understated shoe you can wear anywhere except the beach.
It goes without saying that the craftsmanship in a Booker & Co shoe is exceptional, with vegetable tanned leather, cushioned innersoles and attention to detail as fine as any we've seen. Shaped to fit a real foot, structured and sturdy, each pair is built to last for years weathering all weather (they're designed in Melbourne after all), and growing more comfortable with every step.
Let's meet the line up...
With the comfortable round toe of a mary-jane and the open back of a clog, the versatile manhattan is sweet but never cutesy - the natural wooden heel keeps the look relaxed.
Just like an lj struthers pintuck tunic, the ties of the manhattan can be fastened with a bow, or casually knotted, dressed up or worn with your favourite denim.
The manhattan is perfect for all your daily running around (especially if you have shy toes), and the closed front gives the shoe wearability beyond spring and summer into autumn.
The wedge-heeled europa is all about the silhouette: elevating and elegant. It's unmistakably designed for instant glamour, but the drama is balanced by wide straps and grounded with a flared heel (hand-painted of course), for a look that's powerful, never prissy. Just like the lj struthers quadro dress...
It's that rarest of things - a shoe which signals bold, unconventional cool, but could transform any lj struthers dress into a Going Out situation in seconds. Champagne anyone?
We love the europa's asymmetric peep-toe detail and two adjustable straps in softest sheep's leather- concessions to practicality which never compromise the shoe's graphic impact.
Booker & Co's gorgeously twisted take on a traditional lace-up , the foundry has a classically handsome profile with a deep split-front opening and long laces to enwrap and secure the foot.
If you dream of a hard-working trans-seasonal shoe who promises to get along with the maximum number of outfits, the foundry is your pick! A little bit dapper gent, a little bit Mary Poppins, it's a workplace-to-weekend allrounder with raffish charm to spare.
The foundry's generous bump-toe shape is skilfully formed with leather pleating (creating space for toes who need some wriggle room), while the capacity to lace these under the foot and right around creates snug stability. Also, an excellent opportunity to look down admiringly at your Nishiguchi sock collection all day...
We're pleased to offer afterpay for your convenience, as well as in-store layby, and free shipping in Australia for any online purchase over $300 (hello clothes and shoes).
You'll find sizing charts on our website with some tips on measuring your gorgeous feet, and we're happy to chat about fit and any other questions if you'd like to call! Sizes in each style are limited, so step into our online fitting room and elevate your summer wardrobe today...