René Caovilla’s snake shoes have been spotted on influential celebrities, and in the virtual pages of prominent fashion magazines.
These heeled sandals were handmade in Italy by a 100 year old fashion house. They have been spotted by Elle Magazine on Bella Hadid, Lais Ribiero, Rihanna and Joan Smalls, above. As you can see Rihanna wore them with her famous braless yellow outfit on the red carpet at some point.
From top to bottom: Cleo Sandal Strass 105 ($1,130) in red satin, Cleo Sandal Strass 40 ($1,080) in grey satin and suede, and Cleo Sandal Opaque Multi Strass Flat ($1,090) in ivory silk.
The serpentine design was inspired by coiled Roman serpent bracelets from the first century BC. It was conceived by Caovilla in 1969, and was in an exhibit at MoMA museum in New York in 1975.