They say that the word “shoes” is synonymous to the word “therapy” for females. Honestly, I could not empathize. As I told you, I’m allergic to Havaianas. And for me, therapy means: “Having $1M on hand, specifically alloted to buying computers and just computers.”
But there are days that when I amble about in malls, I find my feet carrying me to, well, footwear. And one time in early May, my feet brought me to a shoe rack that caught my eye.
What caught my attention was not flash and pomp. Rather, it was the quirky military-themed packaging, screaming “hardcore” that got me.
Charcoal is a no-frills line of footwear. As you can see, the designs are mostly flat leather thongs and sandals. These are priced at Php 599. There are a lot of designs to choose from, and there are even designs that are more androgynous. But I didn’t take pictures of those because I favor the elegant and minimalist designs.
The packaging is what captures the consumer’s eyes, actually. But when I looked at the footwear, I did think that this would be worth my money. The flat design screams comfort, the simplicity roars elegance. I think the design married my requirements for good footwear: comfortable enough to walk for hours in around the city, while being chic and elegant enough to be worn with dressy clothing.
There is a price tag in Euros in the packaging, which made me wonder about a few things. There is an email address there, too, but when I tried to contact it to ask for the history of the footwear, my email bounced back.
But for the sake of citing what facts I was able to glean, the packaging says that the footwear’s company is called La Ditta Componenti, Inc., and when I googled it up, they have a branch in Tiendesitas. There is not much else I could find online, though.
But still, these sandals are so kick-ass, they were worth writing about. Well, it’s a steal, after all, at Php 599? Methinks a pair of Charcoals are better than a pair of Havaianas any which way you look at it. :p