Flat Out Cool
Colorful sandals from Charlotte Stone
As a Canadian teen, Charlotte Stone decided she wanted to make shoes when she grew up. And after trying on her latest collection, we?re glad she didn?t get seduced away by anything less important, like medicine or rocket science.
Stone, who now lives in Echo Park with her craftsman husband, makes distinctive, walkable sandals ($128 a pair) that come in bright hues such as orange and kelly green, neutrals and zingy metallics.
Her signature Barton design manages to be as comfy as that perennial hippie sandal the Birkenstock. That?s because both are made of cork, which molds to fit your foot. But the Barton?s wide straps and bit of lacing pair well with anything from a frilly skirt to shorts.
Another style, the Joss, recalls the slip-on Bernardos Jackie O. wore on Greek vacations--but better, since it has a rubber outsole that prevents slipping. And finally, we love the Dot, which is the wild one of the bunch. With just a thin ankle strap and a swatch of leather fixed between the big and second toes, it?s no wonder it?s so popular and currently on back order.
This summer Charlotte Stone sandals are our idea of one small step for mankind.
Available at Vamp, 1951 Hillhurst Ave., 323-662-1150; charlotte-stone.com