Not all collabs are good collabs. In some sad cases, the sum of the parts is less impressive than the parts themselves.
Take the Pizza Hut Stuffed Cheez-It Pizza, for example. Cheez-Its: delicious. Pizza: tasty. Pizza Hut Stuffed Cheeze-It Pizza: pass.
I thought I would feel this way about sneaker heels. Sneakers provide a comfortable, effortless, cool-girl look. Two of the three qualities would definitely be taken away when combined with heels, which leaves the question: could sneaker heels really give a cool-girl look so cool that it overrides the desire to feel comfy and look effortless?
The answer, surprisingly, is yes.
Enter Ancuta Sarca. She’s the Romanian-born, London-based fashion designer who combines old sneakers with vintage heels. You’ve probably seen her featured in Hypebae, Vogue Australia and Vice’s i-D, the last of which claimed her heel to be “the shoe of summer”.
The result of the mixed materials is utterly fabulous and completely sporty. It’s also eco-friendly. in an interview with London-based retail concept LN-CC, Sarca said:
“There are so many already made products out there that people don’t wear anymore and ultimately they would just end up being thrown away. As a creative, I think we should re-think them and find solutions of how to re-use them in design, instead of creating more and more products from scratch.”
LN-CC is the exclusive carrier of Sarca’s first collection. The shoes are available online and retail for $580 USD.