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Be a Style Chief with the Tribal-Inspired Alberto Guardiani Sissi Sandals

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Though it’s best known for its collection of shoes with a cheeky lipstick heel, Italian footwear brand Alberto Guardiani¬†has more than rouge and kisses on its mind. For its SS13 collection, Alberto Guardiani introduced two tribal-inspired shoes with earthy color combinations and geometric shapes reminiscent of the patterns found in Navajo blankets and rugs.

First, there’s the Alberto Guardiani Sissi Slingback Sandals ($593 at Store.AlbertoGuardiani.com), shown at top, which feature suede uppers, a 5.5″ heel and 1.4″ platform, and a strap that hugs the back of the foot and features a jaunty buckle in a contrasting color. These slingback sandals feature two straps: a slimmer band featuring a row of triangles in blue and black and a wider strap in a sunflower yellow color, adorned with oversize brown triangles positioned so that their peaks face sideways. The cornflower blue shade seen in the slimmer front band reappears in the heel, creating a sense of harmony and balance, while the yellow shade that dominates the wider strap is echoed in the front platform. And, of course, for a bit of contrast, the shoe’s main yellow band is lined with a black strip along its top rim, a shade that reappears on the strap hugs the back of the ankle.

Second, there’s the Alberto Guardiani Sissi Suede Sandals ($608 at Store.AlbertoGuardiani.com), pictured second above, which feature a 5.5″ heel and 1.4″ platform, both wrapped in a sienna-colored suede fabric that brings to mind the brown clay used in Pueblo Indian pottery. This reddish brown hue is contrasted by the deeper mahogany shade of the leather material along the sandals’ vamp, which is itself accentuated by sunflower yellow piping along the top rim of this front leather section. The sandals feature an open toe that lets you show off your perfectly polished toes, while the criss-crossing yellow straps that extend from the front brand all the way to the back of the ankle create a caged effect that plays a coy game of peek-a-boo with onlookers. Best of all, the straps’ placement creates triangular outlines along the sides of the foot, nodding to the geometric motifs common in tribal art and fashion.

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