The elaborately carved soles of the Saigon Socialite wedges are the brainchild of LanVy Nguyen, born in Vietnam and raised in California. Her binding with Vietnam is still alive and kicking and while visiting the country she felt that business was killing the country’s heritage. In addressing that question Nguyen returned to the Forbidden City, the walled seat of Imperial Indochine, surrounded by traditional craft industries that served emperors. While touring a pagoda carver she got the brilliant idea that the carving ‘would make such hot shoes’.
Hence was born the Saigon Socialite wedges. These beauties take about 18 days to produce with the carving adhering the uttermost respect to the cultural nuances of the country’s heritage. Over the first 12-14 days the wood used for the wedges is blocked, baked and carved meticulously. The leather is formed over two days, by artisan cobblers, applied to the base, and the shoes then return to the carvers who wax out the wood grain and varnish the wedge in local oils. Amazing ! www.saigonsocialite.com