​Double Trouble: Thierry Rabotin Wave and Wayne

Apr 30th 2019

A fresh take on a ‘90s throwback.

With nostalgia running high for the ‘90s, fashion is reinventing some of the decade’s boldest trends for a contemporary audience. The anti-conformist approach to the period’s fashion led to the popularization of casual chic look. It also marked a return to minimalism in contrast to the more elaborate and flashy trends of the 1980s. One shoe silhouette in particular that defined the age is the platform shoe. While it belongs to several eras and subcultures, the ‘90s incorporated it across varying styles of dress and groups. From goth to preppy, this silhouette has been a hallmark of this age’s zeitgeist. While the reign of the “dad sneaker” is winding down from the fall and winter, chunky sandals are picking up where it left off for the warm-weather seasons as the new cult classic. Thierry Rabotin has reinterpreted the style in a true-to-form design with an unmistakably Italian edge. New for Spring/Summer 2019, the Wayne and Wave echo the heightened footwear of yesteryear with avant-garde styling, strong lines, and luxe material mixes.

The Wayne is an open-toe sandal with a dynamic look. Priced at $460, the sculptural upper features shiny reptile-inspired detailing, a crossover textile vamp, and an elastic V-shaped band across the forefoot. The slingback strap fastens with a textured buckle for easy on and off wear. The open-toe Wave sandal comes in two finishes; high-shine Black Forever and two-tone metallic. The upper consists of contrast crossover straps at the counter, ankle, and forefoot with three buckle closures. Both the Wave and Wayne feature cradled footbeds with smooth leather lining for enhanced durability and comfort and chunky platform soles with deep cutouts and grooves for flexibility.

Jump in on the platform sandal trend with the retro Wayne and Wave sandals. Throw a BBQ party for your friends to kick off the season wearing the black Wave and a maxi-length caftan dress. Channel the unique spirits of different decades for a family trip to the zoo. Team a suede mini skirt and short-sleeved T-shirt with the metallic version. Accessorize with a leather drawstring bucket tote for hands-free organization in style. Opt for the Wayne when you play with proportions in paper-bag pants and a long-sleeved striped shirt worn off the shoulder. A cross-body satchel and pendant necklace complete the look for a music festival. Either silhouette is a must to bring along for vacation or a retreat, as well. We recommend packing jeans in relaxed and skinny fits, a youthful romper, your favorite midi dress, and loose-fitting blouses. Instant statement-makers, the Wayne and Wave are effortless choices for building looks throughout the season no matter the occasion or destination.

Rediscover the allure of the platform shoe at Hanig’s Footwear. Find Thierry Rabotin’s Wayne and Wave sandals at the Plaza del Lago shopping center in Wilmette, or in downtown Chicago at Michigan Avenue and Delaware Place. Explore our entire seasonal selection of sandals, flats, boots, and sneakers here online at Receive complimentary UPS ground shipping when you spend $99.90 or more!