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What Are Hermès Oran Sandals and Why Are They So Expensive?

Pierre Hardy intended for this simple sandal to be worn by just about any woman.
What Are Hermès Oran Sandals and Why Are They So Expensive?
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Pierre Hardy intended for this simple sandal to be worn by just about any woman.

French fashion house Hermès has produced a number of iconic pieces that have become a part of every collector’s dream. From their iconic bags like their Birkins and Kellys to their printed iconic Twilly silk scarves, the luxury brand's creations have gone on to become the epitome of timelessness and peak status symbol.

That said, there's one particular design that we have never stopped raving about: the popular Oran sandals. They're chic, classy, and perfect for everyday wear, so you’d understand why everyone wants to get their hands on a pair. But what makes these sandals truly special and stand out from the rest? Here's everything you need to know about the iconic Hermès Oran Sandals before purchasing a pair.

What are the Hermes Oran sandals?

It was in 1997 when renowned luxury shoe designer Pierre Hardy first conceptualized and created the Hermès Oran sandals. Despite his pursuit to create a strong shoe collection for the brand, according to the man himself, he didn’t peg for the Oran sandals to become a classic. He merely envisioned it to be a simple and almost invisible flat—“like a bare foot with something painted on it,” he said in an interview. He wanted a simple sandal that just about any woman can wear.

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And indeed, his minimalist design truly reflected that. A part of the Year of Africa collection of Hermes, the Oran was actually inspired by the house decorations of Africa’s Ndebele tribe. Now, fast forward 20 years later, it’s become a year round classic shoe staple for fashion enthusiasts and the like! Pierre adds that the enduring style of the Oran sits with "the necessity of the thing." Because it's simple and it still makes sense, the sandal transcends time and trends.

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What is it made of and why is it so expensive?

Crafted in Italy, the Hermes Oran sandals are fully made out of box calfskin leather, a high grade leather known to be the oldest one used in Hermes bags. Smooth, sturdy and guaranteed to be of superior quality, you surely won’t have any problems when it comes to its grade A condition. However, design-wise, it relies on one significant feature to tie in all of its elements. With an iconic H cut-out representing the French fashion house, it is all the shoe needs to rein in elegance and simplicity.

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The most popular variations of the Oran sandal

You’d be happy to know that this iconic piece of footwear comes in a whopping 40 different designs. From bright and bold hues to neutral and classic tones, you’ll definitely find one that suits you perfectly. And ever since its rise in popularity, the shoes are now available in multiple fabrics like patent leather, velvet, and even denim. Yet, some of their most sought-after colorways still remain to be black, white, and tan. 

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How much do Hermes Oran sandals cost?

Like all things in the world of luxury, pieces that are of premium quality go hand in hand with  very steep price tags. And though these sandals come in quite the elementary design, it still retails for about 630 USD (approximately P30,265) and goes up depending on the materials and design. The topic of an item’s worth is always up to the buyer. But rest assured, if well taken care of, these sandals can definitely last you a long time!

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Are Oran sandals comfortable to wear?

Oran sandals are made to be worn every day. They're simple and sensible so you won't have a hard time taking them to moderate to long walks. That said, these sandals are reliable enough to be your travel companions given the comfort they bring and that they're also super light in weight. No worries in feeling weighed down as you explore the city!

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They also fit true to size and have half sizes so you can get the perfect sandal fit easily. What's more, if you get the right size, it feels like you're like walking comfortably on your feet! They're comfy, weightless, and do not slip off as you go on about your day.

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Where can you purchase an Oran sandal in the Philippines?

Now if you’re interested in purchasing one for yourself, the Oran sandals can be ordered directly through the website of Hermes or you can check out their boutique in Greenbelt 3, Makati City. 

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