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.