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See How Fashion's Favorites Wear Ferragamo's Mid-Heel Vara

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It's easy to think the low, thick heel is a no-go considering it's traditionally the preferred footwear style of toddlers who'd rather be called big kids and grandmothers. Wrong. Ferragamo's Vara style (mid-heel shoe with a grosgrain bow) is classic, eminently wearable, and championed by everyone from Princess Diana back in the day to Alexa Chung right now.

Should you need more convincing, take a look in the gallery above to scope how women known for their style—Miroslava Duma, Camilla Belle, Lauren Santo Domingo, Olivia Palermo, and more—are wearing them. Also, in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the Vara introduced in 1978, the company is allowing shoppers to customize their own Varas as well as the flat version, the Varina, based on color, material, bow, and heel. They run $550 each.
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