Inspired by Swan Lake (a little ballet production you may of heard of) Sydney shoe company, and maker of some of the chicest ballet flats in all of the land, Sambag have joined forced with The Australian Ballet and six inspiring Aussie ladies to create a limited edition range of super sweet shoes.
The likes of actresses, Alyssa McClelland, Emma Lung, Rachel Griffiths, former principal ballerina Lynette Wills and theEDIT mate/editor of FabSugar, Alison Parr all took to designing their dream ballet flats in classic shades of black and white.
"I was inspired by the good old traditional hand held newspaper- and the imminence of its demise. I love analogue. And as addicted to my iPad as I am nothing beats Sunday and the papers and coffee." - Rachel Griffiths
"Swan Lake is all about the pull between polar opposites. I wanted that to reflect in the design - beyond the black and white colour theme. The snakeskin print brings sexy, animalistic connotations to a wardrobe classic, but the pretty pink trim and delicate bow echo the traditionally feminine look of a pointe shoe. The idea was to create something with sense of dichotomy." - Alison Parr
"I chose to draw inspiration from the cunning Odile. The cracked black leather to mark the cracks in her Odette and colour of her feathers in the ballet. I chose the tan to represent her flesh. And the snakeskin trimming to embody the plucked swan skin where the feathers once were engaged." - Emma Lung
"I chose the black lace as it reminds me of the fabric used in the ball dress I wore in Graeme Murphy's 'Swan Lake' as the black Swan. This role was a big part of my career. I went on as an understudy for the Sydney premiere as the original cast member was injured. I was promoted to principle dancer at the after party and went on to do this role on every opening night for the next 8 years." - Lynette Wills
The Swan Lake Limited Edition collection is available online and in store (if you’re in Sydney town Sambag’s Woollahra store is always worth a visit, the most cracking window displays this side of Harrods). For a little feel good factor, Sambag are also donating 10% of the profit from this collection to The Australian Ballet’s Pointe Shoe Fund, which helps provide shoes for dancers, the company churns through 100 pairs of pointe shoes a week. Sheesh, and you thought you had a high shoe turnover.
Visit Sambag online or in store to get your tootsies into a pair of these limited edition flats.