This is the shoe equivalent of a Picasso painting, combining a multitude of elements, influences, and materials that add up to an abstract yet wearable look. Muted sage grosgrain meets a caramel leather front strap, plus a shiny-coated cork front and leather back platform. You get major height (a respectable 4.5 inches) without the backbreaking incline. I especially love the fact that the grosgrain band reaches the sole of the shoe, dividing the sections and creating a platform – or shall we say flatform? – triad. You can’t exactly go dancing in these, but let’s be honest, all I really need to do on a night out is walk from the valet to my table. At Saks Fifth Avenue> for $895.
A ladylike tangerine purse is an unexpected touch, but small enough not to overwhelm the sandal, and not going for matchy-matchy keeps the spirit modern – the Michael Kors’ Gia bag fits the bill.