We believe every flat shoe wardrobe should have a fisherman sandal. Here's why - t-bar strap toe coverage makes them everyday appropriate for work type things (and no-time-for-a-pedicure friendly), while the rib cage straps on the upper give them a dramatic dressed-up feeling for events. Designed for those times you need something a little sharp, but want to remain firmly grounded (flat shoe liberation!) our new Arkestra sandals will bring summer magic in palettes inspired by the infinite and cosmic realms.
Before your imagination runs away with you let us explain a little more about the more pragmatic details of the new outsole we have built. This is a one-piece stacked resin construction finished with a graded rubber outsole. In our mix of sandals it would sit in the 'sharp' spectrum designed for wearing to events and less 'active' days. Like our Sun-Ra sandals they are structured under foot and make a satisfying 'click-click' sound as you walk - kind of like a clog only with a touch more flex. In signature Radical Yes style (also like Sun Ra), they are also heavily padded through the footbed to provide you with a feeling of cushion like support.
Obviously being a brand obsessed with flat shoes, we thought a lot about the height - and placed careful consideration on getting this flat-form at perfectly wearable proportions, rising to a gentle 40mm height through the heel and graduating to a soft landing 30mm height through the ball of the foot. The Black silhouette has also been executed in a beautiful leather upper with a cushioned leather base in our famous Jade Green. Complimented with a chunky buckle detail, Arkestra is the modern take on a fisherman shoe you've been dreaming of.
Running true to fit in both length and width. Please order your usual size and note no need to size up as we have had to in the past with our wedges. You can check out our size guide here.
A classic black fisherman sandal, but with a twist of jade green in the footbed? Yes! We thought that just a dash of the green poking through on the outsole when worn is a bit of an uplifting contrast of colours (and means you don't have to stress about painted toes..). It's elegant, it's casual, it's your go-to black sandal, but wish that dash of green because we like colour here at RY HQ and aren't afraid to show it.
As the classic fisherman sandal in black, but with that pop of jade green, we saw this as a very playful take for evenings, weddings and events that you can wear with a statement black dress and feel both comfortable and considered in. But don't fret, you can still get dressed up for your everyday activities and have these fabulous shoes to ground your outfit. So think bold mustard, mango and navy up top for work type mens-inspired silhouettes like chinos and pin tuck leg pants. Or you can make it more floaty and ethereal like the pictures here with tea slip dresses in silk and cotton. There is an elegance that we like to play up with this upper and it will be our go-to
shoe for heading out this summer.
Leather Upper / Leather Lining / Manmade Resin Sole
Made responsibly in China in small batch quantities by our long-term boutique manufacturing partner. Learn more about our maker and see the full behind-the-scenes from our makers workshop here
Not really. Because the upper has been intentionally backed by an ECO-PU facing to prevent stretch on the ankle straps, these beauties really will hold their shape for years to come.
Leather is a wonderful material, breathable, durable and beautiful. But without a bit of love it can dry out and deteriorate.
For optimum care, we recommend and sell "Waproo Waterproofer" to protect them from unexpected showers. We recommend spraying monthly on the Full Moon and can send you a reminder if you sign up to our newsletter here.
Polish your leather shoes around once a month and clean when necessary with a leather conditioner and soft rag to remove any dirt accumulated on your travels.
For extra special treatment, polishing can help renew shoes that have developed scratches or other signs of regular wear. Wax and cream polishes available from a local shoe repairer will breath new life into your beloved toe tappers. Once your newly polished shoes have dried you can re-apply a waterproof spray for extra protection.