With summer just around the corner, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten has debuted a pair of brocade sandals that draw inspiration from traditional Geisha attire. Despite the fact that the sandals draw on the prints and fabrics of an ancient culture, the pattern used to create the shoes is very much in line with the rise of brocade prints.
Dries Van Noten's brocade sandals are a beautiful pair of shoes inspired by the traditional wooden platforms -- called Okobo -- worn by Geisha in training. Van Noten's version is an elevated take on the traditional shoes, with a glossy black sole and a green and gold cherry blossom print. The result is pair of sandals that are delicate, yet still deliver a commanding sound that mimics "the click-clacking of feet against the floors of teahouses and kabuki theatres."