The all-too-familiar routine of working from home had us questioning the relevance of our workday wardrobes. From smart-casual loungewear to designer sweats, we have toyed with all manners of looking presentable for the countless virtual meetings we’ve had to endure while still maintaining a level of comfort.
As we ease into the routine of heading back to the office (with safe measures in place, of course) we find ourselves faced with a slightly different dilemma: Do we now revert to our “before times” wardrobe or embrace this new laidback attitude towards dressing we have all come accustomed to?
Daniel Lee, Creative Director at Bottega Veneta, thinks it’s possible to have the best of both worlds with his proposition for the Salon 01 collection. The collection is imbued with a strong sense of domesticity and comfort but also embraces the whimsy and playfulness that one derives from dressing up. This mood carries through to the accessories, and it is most prevalent in the footwear department, where comfort and style are key.
01 | For Her — The Sandal Wedge
With its tapered chunky heel and gentle platform, the Sandal Wedge addresses all calls for comfort without losing the quirkiness and fun that we have come to expect from Bottega Veneta. Available in several materials, this style truly sings when finished in the iconic colourful jacquard knits that also feature on the ready-to-wear pieces. Style it up, print on print (as per the runway) for a statement-making take on the pyjama, or simply pair them with jeans and a messy bun for a look that is perennially stylish.
02 | For Him — The Slipper
If you expected a flip-flop, we don’t blame you. Don’t let its loafer-like appearance fool you: These have been built for your ultimate comfort. The flat rubber sole features heavy grooves that allow for a wide range of movement, and it takes little to no effort getting them on (or off) with its elasticised opening. The soft, spongy upper is finished either in fabric or a supple quilted leather meant to mimic Bottega Veneta’s famous Intrecciato weave.
03 | Unisex — The Puddle
An evolution of last season’s rain boot, the Salon 01 version retains its clog-like silhouette. This low-cut style features a wide tongue and practical back-strap to keep your feet securely in place. The thick sole ensures that every step is cushioned on even the most gravelly of trails. The cherry on top? The inherent qualities of its moulded rubber form mean that dirt and grime get washed off easily with water and a gentle scrub.