irali crossed the pond to spy on the latest styles in London this summer, and the trend of choice everywhere from the Tube to the Thames is the khussa. These traditional subcontinental slippers, which don’t differentiate the left foot from the right, are taking England by storm. Everyone from street market vendors (13 pounds/$24) to the trendy British shop Accessorize (26 pounds/$48) boasted khussas on their racks. We even found them stateside at Urban Outfitters (under the name “Embellished Ballet Flats”) for $28.

In couture, Badgley Mischka offers a version studded with Swarovski crystals for $495 in the fall line while both Sergio Rossi and Dolce & Gabbana offer stilletto heeled pumps with khussa-like embroidery on the toes for $1,125 and $3,550 respectively.

Perfect to pair with jeans or a flouncy skirt, khussas add a kick to any ensemble. But here’s a tip: Ask your favorite auntie or your visiting grandmother to bring you a pair directly from the subcontinent, and save the cash for those Seven jeans! No connections to the motherland? 786Shop.com offers a gorgeous variety of khussas to purchase online. n

Talat Mangla loves sparkly shoes.
Published on September 1, 2004.
Photography: Vikram Tank for Nirali Magazine at Indomix.

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