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July 12th, 2007

Ankle wraps and the samba sense

They are fun, sassy and elegant, but why don’t they just
stay put? What is the point of having a long luxurious ribbon extending from your sandal, flat or espadrille to wrap
up your beautiful legs if the wrap just slides down, creating a bunch around
your ankle, thus allowing the shoe to move around at will? There isn’t any point, especially when the wrap
creates most of the shoes physique. Nonetheless, ankle wraps are incredibly cute. What’s an urban ballerina to do?

It isn’t that the ballerina is not
wrapping right, it is the length of the wrap itself. You may be asking yourself how a little girl
from Madison, Wisconsin knows this. Well,
the answer is simple; I studied for a semester in Brazil. Brazil: the land of samba, soccer and the always chic, beautifully-bronzed women. That’s how I know.

During the Brazilian Carnival you can see women parading
down the spectator-strewn streets moving their feet faster than Diana Prince
can turn into Wonder Woman. The scarcely-dressed women are all wearing heels … big heels, and the leather from their
samba-style heels are criss-crossed all the way up their calf and end right below
the knee. You know, the part of your leg that curves in from your calf? Doesn’t that make sense? Wouldn’t you think that all of our feisty wrap
sandals should have their ribbons long enough to tie at that precise place even
if we aren’t dressing for carnival? Then we wouldn’t have the issue of these
lovely shoes falling down and becoming an ankle bunch instead of samba sass. But
then again, that would make too much sense.

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