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Object of Desire: Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Bow Pumps

By Kames Narayanan

Tung Pham/Tok Wei Lun

When one speaks of timelessness in the shoe department, a certain few distinct designs make the list, on which Salvatore Ferragamo’s Vara pump has remained a mainstay. The Vara, since its conception in 1978 by the maison’s eponymous founder’s daughter Fiamma Ferragamo, has stood its ground as a harbinger of design and sensibility. Built with a distinguishable mid-heel — just enough height to lend an air of confidence without compromising on functionality — and fitted with the house’s iconic grosgrain bow, the Vara pump in its 40th year continues to set the mark for everyday footwear. Having received the stamp of approval by everyone from the starlets of the yesteryears like Marilyn Monroe to contemporary purveyors of personal style like Alexa Chung, the Vara has remained a footwear proposition for women across the years. Rendered in an extensive array of skins throughout the different seasons, the Vara pumps slip into a range of personalities — the latest of which sees hints of shine adding a pep to the step.

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara bow pumps with crystals, S$1,320.