EQ S T Y L E
Strapping Good Looks Taking inspiration from the beloved bridles hanging on the tack room wall, new luxury footwear brand KATHARINE PAGE gives fresh meaning to the term “well-shod.” BY MOLLY KNOTT
Saratoga crisscross sandal with wraparound ankle strap. Classic, casual, and chic. $375.
o hoof, no horse, as the saying goes. But when it comes to our own feet, do equestrians too often opt for fashion at the expense of function? New footwear brand Katharine Page is out to prove we can have both. Searching for the perfect aprèsride sandal, amateur hunter rider Page looked to her own well-stocked closet of favorite designer styles, but all came up short in what the former auto executive might call the “comfort quotient.” “We’re talking every range – from high-end designers to name brand retailers. None of them had the right feel,” says Page. As we all know, the motivation of a woman searching for the perfect shoe is second only to one shopping for the perfect horse. And of that fierce desire, Katharine Page the brand was born. The vision was clear and is articulated artfully in the brand’s first collection: luxury-quality, comfortable footwear made of the finest leathers and handcrafted to last a lifetime, reflecting the tradition, beauty, and craftsmanship of equestrian leatherwork. Continued on page 28
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Del Mar slip-on thong. Superbly crafted with fancy stitch trapunto detailing. $375. Fairfield slip-on thong with instep and crisscross toe straps for perfect fit. $375.
Molly Knott is the founder and editor of the lifestyle blog, Dappled Grey, a curated guide to equestrian style and culture. When not working on the blog, she can be found doting on her warmblood, Fitch, and maintaining her small farm in the Pacific Nor thwest.