10 / 2002

Peru - All leather platform sandal with silver buckle

This festive dress-up colourful and decorative platform sandal originates from the Tarabuco region of Bolivia. However, in the early twentieth century this style became popular among the Alti Plano highland inhabitants on both sides of Lake Titicaca. Its exuberant and eclectic style embodies a rich blend of South American and European cultures. The sole and heel are built up of several layers of leather. The bottom part of the sole is shaped like a horseshoe. Pieces of leather holding the upper straps are fixed into slits all the way through the leather layers of the sole. A hand-carved and engraved sterling silver buckle serves as fastener.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland