Spring Shoe-watch: Maians, shoes with a squeeze of lemon
I first came across Maians at Liberty last summer in the form of some delightful canvas loafers, complete with kiltie tassels, in gorgeous candy colours. I fell in love instantly but clearly lots of other Liberty-frequenters had got there first, as the only sizes left were teeny-tiny; somehow in keeping with their candy-coloured theme. Visiting amigos in Barcelona a few weeks later, and spotting the shoes everywhere, it dawned on me that Maians is a Barcelona brand, though I still failed to turn up an actual pair in my size.
I was therefore thrilled to run into them again at the inaugural Jacket Required a short while later, and to find out more about them from the super-friendly team. I was equally thrilled not only to confirm the Barcelona connection (one of my all-time favourite cities) but to see that the colour range for SS12 includes a range of peach, rusts and yellows; very much my favourite span of colours currently. Their UK rep; Michael, told us that the current collection is inspired by tapas; specifically the colours of key ingredients like saffron and smoky paprika, with materials including oh-so-current raffia, enhancing the natural theme. The peppy lookbook (displayed on iPad) was shot around the kinds of timeless tapas bars that make a trip to Spain such a joy.
I’m particularly enamoured of the saffron and paprika coloured loafers with tassels, but if you really want to air those tired London feet, they also offer the kind of open-weave, ‘riviera’ shoes that in Barcelona suggest old men playing petanca in a shady square. But don’t worry, there’s nothing old mannish about these shoes, particularly with the likes of DJ-du-jour Jamie Jones wearing them.
The accessible pricing of this range of Maians presents a small challenge to the shoe addict: make a choice or buy them all? I can’t wait to get my hands on at least a couple of pairs for the summer. I’d also love to hope that with the availability of such affordable, hand-made beauties we’ll see fewer tired flip-flops on our grimy streets.