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Julian Louie For Aldo Collection — A Global Footwear Tribe

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When showcasing his Spring 2011 collection, fashion designer Julian Louie cited South African photographer Pieter Hugo’s The Hyena & Other Men as his inspiration. The images in the book capture the relationship between a group of Hausas (hyena handlers) in Lagos, Nigeria, and the animals they cohabited with (and which they used to entertain crowds). The photos, then, capture men and children in traditional garb sitting next to monkeys on wooden benches and atop car roofs; hovering over chained hyenas, their legs straddling the spotted animals; and wrapping pythons around their necks and shoulders. The African influences in Louie’s garb were complemented by the open-toed, wedged platform sandals and ankle boots cradling models’ feet, which themselves featured funky ikat patterns and patchwork details.

These festive, tribal-flavored shoes were the result of Julian Louie’s second collaboration with Aldo Shoes. Ankle boots feature stretchy elastic panels along the side of the ankle collar, a covered platform heel, and a combination of cotton ikat and neutral suede, with cream-colored whip stitching to magnify the rustic, slightly unpolished effect. Those designs without ikat fabrics instead rely on a mishmash of colorful suede strips — for example, purple shafts with black accents along the back and heel counter, chestnut brown uppers running diagonally across the vamp and the sides of the sandy beige wedge heel, and a purple ring circling the edge of the peep toe — or they achieve a homespun, earthy effect via monochromatic suede hues (like a chestnut brown model) with whip-stitching in the exact same tone. along the shaft. or cornflower blue, crisp white, heather gray, taupe and chestnut brown.

Wedge sandals, meanwhile, feature contrasting cotton ikat prints in black, brown, or saffron yellow, with hints of paprika orange, chili red, fried okra brown, wheat beige,white, teal green, and desert-ready taupe. Thin elastic strips run horizontally along the upper part of the vamp, with the slim spaces between these slithers revealing just a hint of flesh.

The shoes in the Julian Louie for Aldo collection will be priced at $125 each. They officially launch tomorrow, March 15th, so keep those peepers open and get those credit cards ready!

Check out some close-up photos of the shoes after the jump!


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