Sometimes, you love a pair of shoes so much that regardless of their age, seeing them ripped off feels like a slap in the face.
See: Prada sandals circa 2003.
They're one of our favorites - we loved the navy blue silk encrusted with chunky green rocks. But somehow, when this brand called Vive (we saw it in a store window) turns the navy blue into leather with contrast stitching, adds a heel and leaves off a few rocks - not because they lack the Prada label - they lose their charm.
They managed the t-strap, the perfect shade and size of stone, but they're just not the same.
So even though it'd be tough to find the Pradas without devoting the summer to scouring consignment stores, we'll pass on Vive's try. Thanks though.
-- CARSON GRIFFITH