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​Trend Report: Thierry Rabotin Willis

Mar 18th 2019

The “tourist sandal” gets a chic upgrade for Spring/Summer.

Willis 1348H

Inspired by the dad sneaker that has dominated the streets and runways for the past few years, the “tourist sandal” is slated to take the throne for the Spring/Summer 2019 season. Already receiving a polarizing reception just as its athletic predecessors, the shoe’s rebellious spirit pushes boundaries through chunky soles, utilitarian tooling, and hybridized shapes for a look that’s inimitably sartorial-ready. Contentious styling driving the buzz around the footwear includes sportswear socks, feminine garment choices, and eye-catching embellishments. Italian luxury designers are leading the charge with renditions imbued with heritage elements. The Rome-based Thierry Rabotin has translated the trend into a classic silhouette constructed with variegated textures and decisive lines. An exclusive iteration at Hanig’s Footwear, the Willis 1348H is a sophisticated open-toed sandal dressed up in Black Goldy premium leather and synthetic materials. Contemporary details alongside the signature, innovative comfort technology set a modern pace.

Swathed in all black for an elevated allure, Willis features a coated finish with a slight sheen on the nappa upper. Tapered straps crisscross the forefoot with light cushioning, while an adjustable slingback strap secures with a mock reptile skin covered buckle. Concealed arch support embedded into the cradled footbed and minimal seams throughout offers a comfortable underfoot experience through each stride. A chunky wedge heel gives way to the cutout Poron open-cell technology to absorb shock upon the foot striking the ground. A thick platform and deep flex grooves in the outsole provide a stabilized platform for walking and standing. At a price of $475, Willis is a standout investment piece.

Thierry Rabotin’s Willis is the perfect shoe to embrace the tourist sandal trend as it effortlessly transitions from spring to summer. Team it up with a striped button-down shirt tucked into a pair of high-rise shorts. An oversized tote bag completes the look for patio tapas on a sunny afternoon. Get experimental in a graphic print T-shirt, black skinny jeans, and a leather jacket. A leather jacket gets you ready for a late-night date at an improv show. Willis is a go-to shoe for overseas vacations, as well. The supple upper flattens in your luggage and springs back into shape upon unpacking. Plan interchangeable items in neutral hues to save space in your carryon. Your style itinerary should include a split midi skirt, a chambray top, knit culottes, cotton T-shirts, a couple denim options, and a versatile crossbody bag to get you through any extended trip. Globetrotting is even more thrilling in a pair of sandals that keep your feet cool and dry while you explore the day away.

Discover the Thierry Rabotin Willis sandal in its refreshed variation, only at Hanig’s. Visit us in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue and Delaware Place or at the Plaza del Lago shopping center in suburban Wilmette. Enjoy a luxury shopping experience right here online at www.hanigs.com. Spend just $99.90 or more and receive complimentary UPS ground shipping with your order!