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Feet on the ground

Most people have encountered those annoying market research people who ask you: ‘If this company was a car, what make of car would it be?’. But have you ever thought of defining architects in terms of shoes? Step forward the Hopkins from upmarket French cobbler Robert Clergerie. These flat ladies’ sandals come in finest dark brown calf skin, with a carefully considered toe post and regularly placed perforations (a kind of pedal equivalent of fritting), and cost 230 Euro. So, serviceable but elegant, classic with a twist and reassuringly expensive. Sound familiar? Expect to see Pattie sporting them any day now…

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