Bally Introduces Spring-Summer 2018 Shoes Collection
The story of Bally began with a simple token of love from a husband to his wife. It was in 1850 that Swiss manufacturer Carl Franz Bally was on a business trip looking for articles for his elastic and ribbon factory in Switzerland. On this trip, he carried with him a special request from his wife to bring her back a fashionable pair of boots – the only problem being he had omitted to ask her size. Buying a full size run of 12 pairs of boots, to ensure his wife received a pair that ftted well; he placed the leftover shoes on display in his factory when he returned home. As the inquiries came in and the boots sold out, Carl Franz Bally took the bold move to introduce shoe manufacturing to the existing company. This humble beginning paved the way for a long history with women’s shoes, enriched with an expertise in luxury leather goods as time went on. The new season collection of women’s shoes embodies the past and the present, with reimagined archive details and modern sportswear shapes merging the old and the new.
Inspired by the love story that set the wheels in motion for Bally, two new styles of boots and a ﬂat shoe draw inspiration from the foundations of Carl Franz Bally’s family ribbon business.
Featuring black satin ribbon laces, as well as an additional pair of elastic laces, the boots are crafted from sleek calf leather, in a short boot style and an 85mm heeled style. Bally’s heritage and modern construction are married in this pair, with a subtle zip fastening to the inset of the foot and leather sole. The ﬂat presents the same sleek black calf leather and sole, with black satin ribbon laces that tie around the ankle. An almond toe across all three lend these feminine styles a versatile appeal that switches between uptown and downtown, whilst the black satin and elastic options provide a fuss-free touch in the soft, comfortable ribbon laces.
Constructed from ultra-soft, lightweight calf nappa, a knee-high boot with an 85mm heel sits just below the knee. But don’t be fooled by the sophisticated derivations of black, snuff grey and cowboy – the boot is steeped in a relaxed, late ‘70s vibe that speaks to the season’s luxury sportswear aesthetic. Thanks to the leather’s uniquely ﬂexible nature the boots can be pushed down for a less structured, urban look.