How do we liven up our wardrobes? That’s the sartorial question on every one’s minds as of late, as the thrill of wearing sweatsuits 24/7 has gradually worn off. Rainey Qualley, for one, has found her answer in a new pair of sneakers-meet-combat boots from Roger Vivier. “I love that they feel casual and easy-to-wear, but they’ve still got a little touch of princess,” the 30-year-old singer, known as Rainsford, tells Grazia of the Parisian label’s new Walky Viv shoes. In a nod to Roger Vivier’s iconic square buckle (which, over the years, has been seen on everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot), creative director Gherardo Felloni topped off each of the style’s three go-with-anything colours with oversized crystals in the shape of a box.
These days, as we continue to social distance and stay at home, Qualley says that she has taken to wearing the sparkly slip-ons with her uniform of a tank top and soft loungewear, but, she adds, “They’re also really cute to wear with something more dressy to keep the look a bit more casual.” For proof, just look to the just-released campaign, which sees Qualley play dress up at San Luis Obispo’s landmark Madonna Inn. In the Britt Lucas-lensed images, she wears glittery latex and a gingham cowgirl get-up with a black patent leather version. A feather-accented strapless number, meanwhile, pairs perfectly with a bone white recycled canvas take, which, in an exciting development for the 84-year-old brand, marks Roger Vivier’s first foray into sustainability. For Qualley, the shoot was a reminder of the good things to come post-pandemic: “I’ll never complain about feeling obligated to attend a party again after this experience!”—especially when it means a chance to wear the collection’s army green stompers out for a night on the town.