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Object of Desire: Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Ballet Flats

By Kames Narayanan

Tung Pham

During his time, Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo was a shoemaker to the stars — Audrey Hepburn was amongst his Hollywood A-lister clientele. Throughout the years, the designer’s eponymous label has earned a reputation for creating footwear as famous as the people its founder designed for. The Florentine brand’s iconic grosgrain-bowed pump, Vara, was conceived in 1978, and remains on the shelves today, cementing its position as footwear that transcends the trends. In 2008, the Vara received a contemporary update, coined the Varina. The reiteration retains the signature gold plaque and fabric bow of its predecessor. Its shape, updated into a refined ballerina silhouette, presents a timeless footwear appropriate for the everyday. This month, the Varina for the first time adopts a velvet skin in preppy jewel tones.
Salvatore Ferragamo Varina ballet flats, $820.