For "A shoe is not only a design, but it's a part of your body language, the way you walk.
The way you're going to move is quite dictated by your shoes."
- Christian Louboutin
There were some very interesting shoes in Israel --- some had unconventional beauty, but all were unique. Again, it's that effortless chic, casual elegance that we encountered in the fashion and couture design houses we visited last month. Cool but without trying too hard. Self-confidence with a bit of an edge.
The shoes featured here were discovered at the beautiful Mizo boutique in the trendy Neve Tzedek area of Tel Aviv (known as the "White City" for its Bauhaus architecture, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Mizo's designer, Inbal Ben-Zaken, is a dancer, choreographer as well as fashion designer. Inbox creates costumes for theatre and performances (including the Batsheva Dance Company). Her clothing designs are inspired from Zen values and Japanese style, from the time she lived inTokyo. And she has a great eye for finding jewelry and shoes to compliment her aesthetic.
I'm hereinafter [see, I really was a lawyer] referring to this mixture of Zen and Sabra (native Israeli) style as Ze-bra style. Rare and unusual and oh-so desired. I definitely need some of these Ze-bra shoes to set the tone for my look and attitude.