WORDS BY NATALIE YIASSOUMI
The label, known for its woven leather sandals, is one-to-watch for summer.
Effortless, summer flats and woven sandals is what Soulies Martinez specialises in. Images via @martinez
As warmer months approach, you’ll probably start looking for the perfect summer sandals – and Spanish label Martinez is one to keep on your radar.
The brand is the brainchild of Julien Martinez and is all about hand-braided, artisanal shoes that you can live in, all summer.
Martinez, which is stocked in all major retailers, from Net-a-Porter, to Mytheresa and Luisaviaroma, has also just received investment by the French investment fund Cuir Invest – meaning that it now has financial backing behind the business and we’ll be seeing it grow and gain even more visibility in the future.
What makes the shoes stand out is their laid-back feel that immediately brings Mediterranean summers to mind: Think woven leather slingback pumps – inspired by the designer’s grandmother – braided leather slippers and bold, punchy colours.
Everything is made by Spanish artisans in the region of Alicante and is produced on an on-demand basis – after a client places an order – to avoid overproducing and creating waste.
If you’re craving a holiday and a quick escape from life under lockdown a scroll through the brand’s Instagram feed is also highly recommended: It will transport you to natural, sunny landscapes that inspire the signature Martinez woven leather sandals to begin with.
And even if summer shoes aren’t your thing there’s plenty more to discover, as Martinez has been expanding his repertoire and adding luxe leather boots to its offer, as well as some woven leather ankle boot styles for the more experimental shoe lovers among us.
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