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Walking on Sunshine — Yogamatic “Retifism” Mat

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From afar, this yoga mat looks like it features a print of kaleidoscope-like spheres, but a closer look reveals that the slithers making up these orbs are, in fact, jaunty high heels. Isn’t that the quirkiest, cutest idea? My feelings about this fashionista-ready design only intensified when I heard the back story behind the mat’s creation.

As it turns out, Yogamatic co-owner Maryl Georgie’s shoe collection would make Imelda green with envy. Inspired by Carrie Bradshaw‘s shoe obsession on Sex and the City, Georgie decided to create a mat that would serve as an homage to Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik. To make the shoes pictured on the mat really resemble those crafted by the aforementioned shoe masters, the three Yogamatic co-owners (Maryl Georgie, Jen Cawley, and Will Cawley ) decided to reference Georgie’s own collection, setting on four shoes style: black, pointy-toed slingbacks with kitten heels; ruby red T-strap sandals; black peep-toe pumps; and brown platform pumps with a square toe and a pyramid heel. Co-owner Jen Cawly then photographed the shoes, and designer/art director Will Cawley manipulated the image to create the pattern pictured above.

If I could just stare at the shoe styles on the mat, all the while imagining firmer, more well-toned legs that I could show off while wearing my own vampy heels, I would definitely be more focused on my exercise regimen.

Yogamatic “Retifism” Mat, $85. Visit Yogamatic.com

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