Double-Take: B Brian Atwood Laplata

Laser technology allows for intricate detailing in the production of many goods, and I’m glad it’s being used more often for shoe design. Designers can craft styles with really unique shapes and patterns, turning shoes into works of art. The geometric detail in these Brian Atwood sandals makes them a great statement piece.

I don’t have anything like this in my collection, but if I did, I’d want them in a bright color like yellow! Unfortunately, these are sold out since they are past season, but even if they weren’t, the price is still a bit steep for my budget. Here are some great double-takes with laser-cut details:


The Sonyah from BCBG is probably your best option. The detailing is extremely similar to the Laplata, but the heel is a more manageable height. The upper is also made of leather, so you’ll get some durability from these.


I don’t normally like this brand, but I tried these on at work on day and they are surprisingly comfortable. The added half-inch platform really helps make them easier to walk in. The upper is fabric with a man-made lining, which makes them a little stiff, but other than that, they’re a great alternative to the Laplata.


The Hart is a bit more enclosed around the heel area than the Laplata, but the different textures of the leather create a unique look. I’m trying to track down a pair to check the comfort level of these. Right now, they’re available at Zappos, ShopBop, and Nordstrom. Maybe I’ll find them on sale…


I’m not normally a fan of Jessica Simpson shoes because they’ve never fit my feet properly, but these are a great alternative to the Laplata. They’re available in three colors on Macy’s and Zappos, but beware of sizing as they can run a bit large.