The Givenchy Palladio Chain Detail Leather Sandals is the new benchmark in men’s fashion footwear. It’s first inception was showcased in June’s Paris Fashion Week ― Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 menswear
, almost three seasons ago. The collection presented at that time had two variations in style, a double chain low-top sandal and a triple chain high-top sandal that came in either a black or white patent top leather. Unfortunately when the official collection hit the stores in late March 2013, the runway chain sandals were no where to be found. Only prototype units were made available for runway showcase and further editorial review that were not for commercial sale purposes. Read the entire story below after my first ootd pictures! Will be followed by some fancy footwear shots, another ootd and some beautiful product shots!
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Fast forward two seasons ahead, it is already the beginning of Spring Summer 2014
, and Givenchy has finally released the chain sandals to the retailers they once promised. If you are lucky enough, the nearest Givenchy store
or stockist may have them by now! I bought these around two weeks ago when I decided to make another short trip down to Singapore city. I think it was faith that brought me to purchase this pair of sandals, if I did not considered my trip to drive down I would probably have never own these sandals. And that it wasn’t into my interest to visit the Givenchy store at Paragon, a mere thought suddenly triggers me while I walked by Ngee Ann City, reasoning that I might as well pay them a visit since I was nearby.
When I saw the store at the mall’s entrance, the first item I noticed on their window display were the shimmery chain sandals! My heart raced in beat, I knew from that moment that it had to be mine, no matter what it takes I must get them! In an instant I rushed to inquire about my size, a size EU 43, UK 9, US 10… that is what I asked for. The sales representative told me I was very fortunate to have visited them in time, as they had just received the chain sandals the night before, and was also told that 3 pairs has already been sold since the early store opening hours! Givenchy Singapore stocks them in two pairs per size from EU 40 – 44.
There is one thing you should know about this pair of sandals before you buy them. They do not fit true to size! It was to my surprise when I tried the size 41 by mistake and it fit me well, though the second chain strap felt just a bit tighter, but I could wear them. The size 43, felt like a size 45 which is almost two sizes bigger than the normal fit! Who would have known that without first hand experience? I bought the size 42, though it felt like a size 44 because I am somewhere between a 43 – 43.5. In comparison, the 41 and 42 felt little difference. The 42 is a bit looser while the 41 is a little tight as I mentioned. After a long comparison trying all three sizes i’ve decided to take the size 42 instead.
In personal experience, the Givenchy Palladio Chain Detail Leather Sandals felt very comfortable when compared with my trust old Burberry Gladiator Black High-Top Sandals from the Spring Summer 2011 menswear collection (See the Burberry sandals at my Givenchy Bambi Print Cuban-Fit T-Shirt
). The only let down I would say is the moment to get my feet into the sandals, it has a rear zip closure which requires force to fit into the sandals, therefore characterizing the nature of the rear quarter permanent leather creases. The sporty sole provides the perfect combination of lightness and support for long urban walks, a hybrid designed to last by a reputed Italian rubber outsole manufacturer ― Vibram.
Finally there is that exterior design, there is no denying these sandals is a bit different, some would say it is just plain ugly. Do you know what? I’ve actually felt the same way when I first saw them earlier in the SS13 fashion show. But the looks has actually grown on me and that’s probably because I was charmed by the way it feels and the way it manage to entertain second looks. And I think for this pair of sandals people generally wouldn’t mind paying so much for it’s distinctively unique design and desirable brand. My Malaysian office colleague said they looked weird and wrong in so many ways, but yet pretty and beautiful, an eccentric art piece that questions minds unlike anything in the marketplace.
If you are a tourist who is currently traveling in Singapore, you may be eligible for the additional GST refund, which knocks $56 SGD ($43) off the price – the Givenchy Palladio Chain Detail Black Leather Sandals for Pre-Spring 2014 menswear cost from a little over $1,180 SGD ($925) in Givenchy Paragon, Singapore City. You can find better prices in the United States, standard pricing across in-store and online retail for just $860. My best advise that I can give you now is to buy them first while stocks last as they are limited in production. Yes! Givenchy learnt that overproducing will eventually despise consumer’s desirability. Shopping links as below as always!
PLACES TO BUY GIVENCHY CHAIN SANDAL
– Givenchy Black Leather Chain Detail Sandals. Buffed leather sandals in black. Open round toe. Zip closure at heel counter. Silver-tone curb chain accent at ankle and quarter strap. Vibram rubber sole. Upper: leather. Sole: rubber. Made in Italy.
– Givenchy Black Leather Chain Link Sandals. Black leather chain link sandals from Givenchy featuring an open toe, a front strap and a white rubber sole. Item ID:10603693. Boutique – Gente Roma, Rome, Italy
Bergdorf Goodman – Givenchy Palladio Men’s Leather Chain-Strap Sandal, Black. Givenchy sandal lends a high-fashion look with soft leather and heavy chain straps, combined with a practical Vibram® sneaker sole for taking on the city streets. Givenchy leather sandal. Silvertone chains detail straps. Covered counter with back zip. Open toe. Leather lining and insole. Vibram® rubber outsole. Made in Italy. > DESIGNERS A-Z : GIVENCHY : MEN’S : SHOES & ACCESSORIES.
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– Givenchy Metal Chain Leather Sandals. Chunky metal chained sneaker on leather top. Rear back zip closure. White rubber terrain sport sole. Made in Italy. 80% calfskin 20% Metal.
Also on DRBLOGSPOT:
First Release: Givenchy Palladio Chain Sandals Spring Summer 2013
First Showcase: Givenchy Spring Summer 2013 Menswear – High Resolution Photos
Latest from FW: Givenchy Fall Winter 2014 Menswear – High Resolution Photos
Earlier Showcase: Givenchy Pre-Fall 2014 Menswear – High Resolution Photos
Recent Purchase: Givenchy Bambi Print Cuban-Fit T-Shirt Pre-Spring 2014