If you think of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, the first one to spring to mind is probably the iconic Vara pump – a one-inch heeled patent ballet-style bow-adorned shoe. This shoe was first introduced in 1978 by Fiamma Ferragamo, the daughter of Salvatore, and has gained a lot of recognition among celebrities like Princess Diana for example. Varina is a spin-off of Vara, a more casual and modern designed ballerina flat with a lovely grosgrain bow on the vamp, which has been around since 2007. I’m usually not a fan of ballet flats, but these are so gorgeous and the quality looks absolutely superb, don’t you agree? I’d so love to own these ($575 isn’t that expensive for a pair of made in Italy designer shoes nowadays). If only I had that kind of shopping budget.
Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats, $575 || Shopbop
Celebrities Love Salvatore Ferragamo
Celebs and style bloggers such as Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, Susie Lau (Style Bubble) and AnnaSophia Robb have all been spotted wearing Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats.
Aerosoles Conversation Bow Ballerina Flats
Update (03/30/2019): Stumbled upon these super cute patent bow flats by Aerosoles and thought they’d make a great look for less alternative for the Salvatore Ferragamo flats above. They come in a bunch of colors, too!
Aerosoles Conversation Bow Ballerina Flats, 84.95 || Amazon
Kaitlyn Pan Soft Leather Patent Ballet Flats w/ Bow
Update (10/21/2016): Just discovered that Kaitlyn Pan are also offering an awesome set of Salvatore Ferragamo Varina ballet flat dupes for under $90.
Kaitlyn Pan Soft Leather Patent Ballet Flats w/ Bow, 84.99 || Amazon
Journee Collection Kim Glossy Ballet Flats
Update (04/16/2016): Spotted these super cute Salvatore Ferragamo Varina look-alikes by Journee Collection today. They’re available in red, black, nude and grey faux patent leather for $39.99.
Journee Collection Kim Glossy Ballet Flats, 39.99 || JCPenney
Aldo Juricek Ballerina Bow Flats
If you can’t afford Italian luxury, but still want Italian style, here’s a fantastic alternative I found at ALDO which looks so similar to Ferragamo’s Varina flats. Price point: $70 and the Juricek flats come also in bone and black leather.
ALDO Juricek Ballerina Bow Flats, $70 || Amazon