I am a sucker for fashion from the late 1960s and early 1970s. I loved the revival of embroidered jeans, woven bags, and Frye boots.
What’s back this spring are Kork-Ease wedge sandals. These classics are among the 25 shoes chosen for the Landmark Shoe Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
I look at these and I am transported back to May, 1971, in Northern Virgina. I want to grab an underground newspaper and a falafel sandwich with tahini. I want to skip gym class and hang out down by the creek. (It won’t surprise you to hear that these shoes appear in a recent episode of Cougar Town.)
They come in two heel heights (3-1/4 inch and the saner 1-3/4 inch) and I definitely remember the pale natural leather (Vachetta leather that will rapidly “turn” to darker tan with time). Kork-Ease sandals also come in black and brown leather, and some bright colors.
Are these shoes still comfortable? Were they ever? Hell if I know. I have a vague memory of tripping along in the higher-heeled version wearing a split-front patched and embroidered denim maxi skirt. I won’t be doing that again!
But I am going to buy a pair of the lower-heeled classic Myrnas when I’m in Florida next month. In black — I live in Seattle now, not Northern Virginia.
Why wait until Florida?
Trying on sandals in Seattle in March is just too weird…particularly because it won’t be dry or warm enough to wear them until May or June. (Unless you are one of the Seattleites who wears wool socks with their sandals.)
Interestingly, in the 1970s women used to wear beautiful argyle knee socks with their Kork-Ease sandals. You can even see an example of that on the Kork-Ease “Story” page!