It turned out to be a “dancing trend” pump (all shoes on the Art website are categorized by “trends”). Leave it to me to always go for the dance-related shoes.
I was really excited when the shoes arrived in the spring, fresh from the brand’s Spring-Summer 2016 collection.
and could hardly wait for the right occasion to take them “out on the town“. I finally ventured out in June, legs still untanned:
The pump is made of combination gaucho and boa leather. Gaucho leather, as I found out here, is handcrafted Italian cow-hide leather with a unique textured grain. The leather is finished with a light glaze that accentuates the surface texture and enhances transparency. It requires minimal care. As the name suggests, boa leather, in the middle part of the pump, has reptile-inspired texture.
Here is another version of the “Rio” pump:
Like all Art Shoes, the “Rio” pump is lined with a luxurious cushy micro-fiber insole, which is great for walking. It’s not just the insole though. I think that the whole shoe is built in such a way that legs and feet don’t suffer. You know the feeling when you take off high heels and your feet go “Aww….“? Well, it wasn’t there. There was nothing to get relief from. It was all good. Enough to make a girl dreamy:)
So this is my experience of the Art brand. You can buy the shoes, including the “Rio” pump (last sizes currently on sale), online from the Art Company website (they deliver globally). I also spotted some models by Art at Scarpino Shoes in Toronto (they have two locations on Queen Street, in Toronto’s fashion district).