Dara y Denia, nuevas sandalias de inspiración griega de Desiderata - Portada

Presenting Dara and Denia, the new Greek-inspired sandals from Desiderata

Today we want to introduce you to two Greek-inspired sandals that form part of O.SUR’s new spring/summer collection: Desiderata.

Desiderata is that which we long for, that which we miss and aspire to: this Latin expression perfectly encapsulates the spirit of this collection. It is an invitation to dream of  the better times yet to come, to feel free again to fully enjoy the smaller things in life.

Dara and Denia are the first models to be released from the Desiderata collection. The 2020 Sping/Summer collection will feature five new models, but due to the current situation caused by the Covid-19 panemic, which has forced the artisan workshops we collaborate with to close temporarily, the remaining three models will be released later on in the year.

New shoe collection inspired by Greek-Roman culture

Greek-Roman culture, and specifically, timeless Hellenic beauty, are the chief inspiration for this new collection. The culture of Ancient Greek ceramics and sculptures can be seen in our new O.SUR models, as can descriptions of the customs and footwear of the great poets and philosophers of the times.


Dara y Denia, nuevas sandalias de inspiración griega de Desiderata - Diana de Versalles

Diana de Versailles(Sting / CC BY-SA)


To discover the context in which Dara and Denia have emerged, we need to know what these shoes were like in Ancient times. Whilst the Romans opted for sandals with straps that left their feet open to the elements, the Greeks covered part of the feet and joined the sole, which was made to measure, using decorative straps passing over the ankles and toes.


Dara y Denia, nuevas sandalias de inspiración griega de Desiderata - Ludovisi

Trono Ludovisi in the National Roman Museum


Another key point of reference in the design of these new models is the classic Greek-Roman dress: white with beautiful folds and pleats, a seamless extension of Hellenic columns, simple shapes that respect the body’s natural movement and adapt to every woman’s form. Therefore, the relief known as the Birth of Aphrodite from the Ludovisi Throne, is a huge inspiration for these designs.

What can you expect from these new Greek-inspired sandals Denia and Dara?

In continuation to what we have mentioned above, Denia is connected to the Greek chiton (a simple rectangle of fabric, single stitching and a overfold on the chest) and to the cross-decked dresses such as the one worn by Diana de Versailles at the Louvre in paris, shown above.

Dara y Denia, nuevas sandalias de inspiración griega de Desiderata - Quitón

To achieve the greatest freedom with the fabric and its folds, the shoe’s leather has been worked as if it were a fabric, just like a classic Greek dress! The contrast of navy blue and ice white reinforce the audacious Greek pleats.

Dara y Denia, nuevas sandalias de inspiración griega de Desiderata - Denia

Denia’s enormously elegant simplicity goes hand in hand with supreme comfort: the pleated leather hugs the bridge of your foot and supports your step, as well as a simple white strip to support your heel. Being a low shoe with a small heel, this sandal is the perfect option for an busy and exciting summer day.

Dara is also inspired by the folds and pleats of Greek dresses, basing its design in the purest origin of Greek sandals. In this case, we have used stretch fabric, which offers elasticity and flexibility and keeps your feet immensely comfortable.

Dara y Denia, nuevas sandalias de inspiración griega de Desiderata - Dara

Dana’s blue is intense; capable of evoking the warm waters of the Aegean-Mediterranean Sea. Your foot is placed between the pleats and sits enveloped in the shoe, from your ankle to the tip of your toes. The sole is made from natural jute, with a 3 cm platform and 6 cm heel, generating a summertime vibe somewhere between sandals and classic espadrilles.

Denia and Dara: innovation, comfort and style!

We’ve employed several specialist techniques in order to achieve the classic beauty of these Greek-inspired sandals and their great comfort. On the one hand, special cuts and seams have been used that allow the fabric to fall naturally, imitating the folds we talked about at the beginning of this post.

But on the other hand, neither Denia nor Dara exhibit visible seams. This has helped us replicate this Ancient garment, which was covered but never sewn. The consistency of the designer and the technical knowledge of the craftsmen we work with have made it possible for us to work with fabrics such as leather (Denia) and stretch (Dara).

Dara y Denia, nuevas sandalias de inspiración griega de Desiderata - Denia 2

These innovations don’t only impact the shoe’s final aesthetic, but also how comfortable they are for the wearer. The final result has given us sandals that fit your feet like a glove and support them all day long, without compromising on comfort.

In terms of style, both these new models are very versatile and elegant, and will add a summery touch to any look. Both go perfectly with dresses and skirts, whatever the length. Pair them perfectly with a miniskirt and light blue denim jacket for a casual weekend lunch.

Dara y Denia, nuevas sandalias de inspiración griega de Desiderata - Dara 2

Or wear them with ⅞ palazzo pants for the perfect Mediterranean look. For tall and/or slim women, choose wide-cut trousers in floaty, light coloured fabrics. What about skinny jeans? Choose navy blue and dazzle in a fantastic after-work look!

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a bohemian, or you’re looking to add a personal touch to your outfit, white linen or cotton tunics, white or blue playsuits or white and sailor-stripe t-shirts will make both Dara and Denia shine in all their glory!

So, what do you think of our Gree-inspired sandals, Dara and Denia? At O.SUR, we’ve been waiting impatiently to bring them to you! Check them out on our website and if you’ve got any questions about these models or delivery, get in touch! We’d love to read your queries and will get back to your as soon as we can.

You can find out more about where we got our inspiration from in these two posts: the first is about the history of sandals in Egypt and Greece, and the second is about shoes in Ancient Rome.


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