I've been a big fan of designer Jackie Fraser-Swan's Emerson collection since I attended her Lincoln Center debut a few seasons back. I've also been a huge fan of Kork-Ease since high school, when I wore my Ava's (which we called Buffalo Sandals, for reasons I've never understood) til they fell off my feet. So I was beyond thrilled when Fraser-Swan collaborated with Kork-Ease for Emerson's spring 2013 outing, sending a trio of black-and-white beauties down the runway, which acted as a perfect counterpart to the collection's strong, graphic silhouettes. I was less thrilled to learn these covetable kicks were runway-only (cue sad face) but I wanted to share them with you anyway, since they're just so damn cool. (And maybe the parties involved will rethink their decision and release these styles for next season? Pretty please?) In the meantime, you can content yourself with off-the-rack versions of the styles shown at Emerson (Bette and Hailey, respectively). Or follow my lead and go old-school with the original Ava, which is the perfect blend of form and function and will see you through summer in style (knee-highs optional).
graphic design by K Sarna