Shoes: Five seaside icons

Published on Sunday 03 March 2019
Monaco Marine unveils the most timeless designs
Shoes: Five seaside icons

What could be an ideal pair of shoes to wander on the Mediterranean coast? It would ally comfort, elegance and quality… Good news, some of them were specifically designed to be worn on the seaside or on the Côte d’Azur! Monaco Marine focuses on five timeless pieces, which can be found in store.

The flat sandal


Sandal, noun: A light open shoe whose main feature is to expose the feet. Its origin dates back to several centuries, which allowed people to reinterpret it over time. A flat sandal has to combine a functional character and a timeless look, so it can be worn day or night.


The key design: L/Uniform’s N°63 sandals, for their classic style and flashy color.



The espadrille

The story of this pyrenean shoe originates from Catalonia, where it is worn with or without laces since the Middle Age… In oriental Pyrenees, the espadrille was a popular shoe until the middle of the 20th century, when people wore it to accomplish all kind of tasks, whether it consisted in working the land or hiking up the mountain. Today, these light canvas shoes are a hit on the beach, thanks to their ability to be put on and off without thinking.

The key design: Drogheria Crivellini’s Venetian artisanal shoes, crafted from recycled materials.




The Rivieras


With their recognizable look, Rivieras loafers are a summer classic. The eponymous brand is known for its refined designs in flashy and summery colors, which embody the link between the beach and the city…

The key design: The Nice Matin in dark blue, a simple and timeless design.



The mule


What could be more practical than a shoe that can be taken on and off without a strap? Mules are made up of a sole and a strap to hold the foot, to leave the back of it exposed. If their heeled counterpart was popularized from the 18th century, Marilyn Monroe made it famous in the 1950s.


The key design: Carrie Forbes’ braided pompoms-adorned sandals.



The Birkenstock


Synonymous of comfort and innovation, Birkenstock was born in Germany at the end of the 18th century. A true pioneer in the shoe industry, the brand is the inventor of the « foot bed » in the 1930s, making way for extremely comfortable shoes. From strapped sandals to flip-flops, these designs are key allies to wander on the coast.


The novelty: For summer 2019, Birkenstock joins forces with Marie-Louise Scio, director of the Il Pellicano hotels and supporter of the brand, to create a capsule collection featuring luxury fabrics and a timeless style. The designs are crafter from raffia or satin, and can be worn day or night, while sipping on a cocktail seaside — for a true dolce vita spirit.