Ladies, I’ve discovered the perfect traveling companions. They give you the freedom to explore (whether it’s tramping city streets or salsa dancing the night away), don’t weigh you down, adapt to your mood and always make you feel good – sexy even.
And after an exciting time spent exploring new destinations together, all that’s required is a brisk overnight scrub and rinse and they’re ready to do it all again.
Sound like anyone you know? Thought so!
What it does sound like is Kati Ezard’s unique shoe collection, Kolourful Kati, designed for women with traveling on their minds.
On a trip to Mexico more than a decade ago, Kati discovered hand crafted shoes that offered comfort and elegance, had a flexible heel, were flattering, stable (no more balancing on something the size of a nail) and easy to care for. After extensive road testing during her many travels abroad, and being a generous soul, she now imports them for the rest of us.
Heels range from low wedges to ones that give altitude with attitude, all set on flexible padded PVC bases. Eclectic uppers come in chic, breathable elasticized material set on gently elevated soles so stepping out in untamed animal prints, throwing caution to the wind in fiesta brights, sand-sensational neutrals or little black numbers will have you kicking up your high-spirited heels in no time!
Walking on Air
“Legend tells that there’s a spiritual ambiance and lucidity that flows through this cobblestone Mexican village because it’s built on a bed of quartz crystal that affects everything made in the town. This means that magical energy is transferred to the wearer of their beautiful shoes,” said Kati speaking about the picturesque northern Mexican village where she saw women walking confidently and elegantly on the uneven cobblestones wearing brightly coloured sandals and met the couple producing the shoes. Loving their versatility and lightweight stylish qualities, she returned two years later buying four more pairs and as they say in the classics, the rest is history!
“These shoes have found their way into the hearts, and on the feet, of women in all parts of the world. It’s amazing to walk down the streets of Madrid, New York, London or Paris and recognize these shoes,” said Kati who is frequently stopped in the street and asked “where did you get those shoes?”……
Footloose and Fancy Free
Excess baggage is no laughing matter these days and what tips most female travellers off the scales are shoes. Not only are they heavy, they’re cumbersome to pack. A friend once told me she’d packed 9 pairs but still hadn’t covered all contingencies! When I travel, I’m looking for ultra-lightweight, go anywhere shoes that offer versatility, will comfortably (and confidently) propel me through the day from casual to social, are multi-seasonal and alleviate foot tiredness. They also need to be stylistically timeless in a way that isn’t fashion shorthand for boring. Quite a laundry list! Weighing in at just .04 kilo a pair, I can afford to take several pairs of Kolourful Katis.
Along with shoes that go the distance, we asked Kati to ‘unpack’ her best travel tips.
· Pack light, and versatile – it’s so freeing! The simpler you are the easier is your travel life and never pack more than you can’t carry on your own!
· Pack the suitcase in the morning of the trip – it’s easier to remember what is packed.
· I always write a journal – it’s easy to forget things that happen when your days are full of wonder and surprises!
· Long flights tiresome? – NEVER!!! I consider it such a luxury to have so much dedicated time to think and reflect….
And if you’re looking for a truly immersive travel experience, she recommends language study. “I have lived with families in different cities and attended Spanish school. Being a student at any age is a great way to discover a city and feel a part of it”.
To view the Kolourful Kati collection, go to http://www.kolourfulkati.com.au or visit Peter Sheppard stores in Melbourne Brisbane or Sydney