Minimalism is the New Black: Thierry Rabotin’s Shiraz and Harlow

Minimalism is the New Black: Thierry Rabotin’s Shiraz and Harlow

Sep 4th 2018

Let’s face it. The minimalist trend of the 1990’s will always have a resurgence in our closets. The appeal lies in its versatility, timelessness, functionality and buildable styling. In a contemporary age heavily influenced by technological innovations, the trend is no longer considered trite and boring. Designers are yet again exploring the possibilities of pared-down fashion with clean lines, sculptural tailoring, and dreamy draping achieved via cutting-edge manufacturing processes. While the trend is reputed to be a hallmark of American style, European brands have adopted the aesthetic to level the playing field. In the shoe category, we are looking to Italy’s Thierry Rabotin. The sought-after brand has positioned itself as a front-runner with a fabulous array of minimalist pumps, flats, and oxford shoes.

rst up on our wishlist this season is a sleek pump in two unique materials. Shiraz in suede and Harlow in patent leather are two gotta-have black styles that you need in your closet. Both options are constructed with round toes and chunky block heels reminiscent of the twice vintage French footwear It-girls are coveting and collecting today. The napped finish of Shiraz is creamy, supple, and adds textural interest to simple looks. The brilliant shine of Harlow comes in right on cue when choosing color is too ambitious, but your outfit still needs a little oomph. These little black pumps are handcrafted with the designer’s signature sacchetto technique and a shock-absorbent sole that work in tandem to promote and maintain foot wellness. Upon slipping into either, you’ll experience luxuriously cushioned footbeds that support your natural foot arches.

Playing around with fashion’s current minimalist movement is easier than ever with help from Thierry Rabotin.

The trick is to put the spotlight on details for major impact. Go sophisticated when you pick a blouse with an oversized French cuff and a slim pant to team up with Harlow. Velvet is the crown jewel of textiles for the next few seasons. Get ahead of the curve by combining the suede texture of Shiraz with a velvet slip dress over a sweater for cooler months or alone for warmer temperatures. The hottest silhouette of the period is the wide leg pant. Think gauchos, culottes, and palazzo pants. This transitional style works in all climates, making it an essential piece to add to your foundational wardrobe. Experiment with volume by choosing a breezy pair of bottoms and a loose-fitting camisole in a matching hue with Shiraz for spring or fall.

Embrace the simple things in life when you shop the minimalist trend at Hanig’s Footwear. Find Thierry Rabotin’s Shiraz and Harlow and other similar styles on your next trip to one of our brick and mortar stores located in the Chicago area. Check out our entire selection of designer shoes at Plaza del Lago in Wilmette or downtown on Michigan Avenue and Delaware Place. Shop online with us at and enjoy free UPS ground shipping with your order over $99.90!