Salter House, a home goods and clothing store-slash-cafe that opened on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn in 2018, is largely credited for bringing the French Plasticana gardening shoe to the streets of New York. Acolytes have been known to style the recycled-plastic-and-hemp slip-ons with the brand’s “Picnic at Hanging Rock”-esque nightdresses and bloomers, inspired by a mix of Indian and English period styles. Now, the shop’s co-founder Sandeep Salter is adding her own shoe design to the mix. This week, she released a collaboration with the New York-based footwear brand Loeffler Randall, adding her signature bows to its Leonie ballet flat. “I often wear ballet flats with my clothes because they’re the right shape and tone,” Salter explains, alluding to the soft, off-duty nature of the look. For inspiration, she turned to her favourite children’s book, “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” specifically the hand-drawn ribbons throughout. “I like the way that fabric is rendered in this book,” Salter says. “It’s crinkly and disheveled and a little bit off, like it’s just been scrunched up.” Although the shoes coincide with a peak moment for bows, Salter has been drawing them for years. The flats, which have an elastic strap you can tuck in, currently come in ballet pink and black moire embroidered with Salter’s illustrations. On the day we met, the designer was wearing loafers, patiently awaiting the arrival of her creation. “Then I’ll wear them all day, every day,” she says. Approximately $415, salter.house.
Pink and black moire bow flats designed by the Salter House co-founder Sandeep Salter in collaboration with Loeffler Randall. Photography courtesy of Salter House and Loeffler Randall.