Rock This: Cork & Raffia

The use of raffia in ladies’ summer footwear is nothing new. No doubt there were members of the Soul Train Gang wearing canvas and raffia espadrilles both on and off of the dance floor. However, the new twist on the familiar trend comes in the form of modernized silhouettes, and even the appearance of the rope-like texture on pumps and sandals as demonstrated perfectly by Stella McCartney.

Stella McCartney faux leather & raffia sandals

Another fun and familiar material in summer shoes is cork. Year after year, cork wedges, and cheeky cork-heeled pumps and sandals have made a comeback. Depending on the design of the shoe, the material can be dressed down in boho-chic fashion or punched up for a sophisticated resort look. Michael Kors, YSL, Jimmy Choo and Charles David are just a few designers who’ve given this natural material a stylish new life beyond bottles of pinot grigio.

If you haven’t already, you definitely want to infuse your summer footwear collect with these hot trends.

– Quia Querisma

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Quia Querisma is a freelance writer, Dallas Glambassador, and enthusiast of dresses, shoes, premium denim and socializing of all varieties. She also runs a styling destination at

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