There is something definitely luxurious about snakeskin even if it is slightly amoral (well any leather is amoral technically) – exotic hide is something to be coveted. When it comes to shoes I am quite infatuated with texture and these high tops with suede, snakeskin and leather result in the perfect mix of finishes and texture. The downside to exotics is the cost but fortunately I grabbed these YSL high top trainers in the Matches Fashion sale. They were the last pair left and in my size, if that is not destiny then I do not know what is! This is my third pair of YSL/Saint Laurent shoes and certainly not my last, the quality and attention to detail is second to none.
What I like most about these YSL trainers is the contrast of the bordeaux snakeskin panels against the black leather and suede. Paired with a pair of skinny jeans, a tshirt and maybe a leather jacket for that perfect ‘off duty’ attire that is relaxed, directional and definitely luxe. YSL are very good at the little things; notice the subtle perforated Y on the suede front section, the sheeen to the laces to complement the snakeskin, the small YSL on the back of the shoe and the YSL logo and snakeskin panels on the tongue of the shoe. I seem incapable of buying a pair of shoes without suede panelling, you would not think I live in England! As always; thank god for Collonil waterproofing spray – no really.
On the subject of YSL/Yves Saint Laurent. What do you think of the Saint Laurent rebrand?