A friend recently introduced me to Eliana and Doug Reffue, the couple behind finally bringing Backyard sneakers to the United States. They’ve been sold in Denmark since 1972, but this is the first time they’re being imported to the US. I thought sneaks were so cute and they immediately gave me a Camp Collection vibe. When I got my pair in the mail, I was racking my brain on how to style them just right. My initial thought was jeans and a tee… but then I thought well isn’t that expected and couldn’t you try getting a little more creative, Ms. Fashion Blogger?
And then I was getting ready for the brunch I hosted a couple weekends ago. I wanted to wear this Mara Hoffman strapless jumpsuit and I was thinking of going barefoot since I’d just be in the house all day. And then I caught a glimpse of the Backyards out of the corner of my eye and knew what had to be done. It worked out quite well not just because they matched the jumpsuit perfectly, but also because I hadn’t had a pedicure in about two months.
Back in the day, the sneakers were popularized throughout Europe by Erland Kops, the legendary Danish badminton player and holder of 11 titles from the All England Open Badminton Championships. They suit my throwback seventies aesthetic. I’ve always been a Chuck Taylor fanatic, but it’s nice to have something different that’s just as authentic—and with a bit of a glamorous provenance. They come in lots of different colors, check them all out here.
About the jumpsuit: this particular one is sold out, but if you’re in the Bay Area, Mira Mira always has the best selection of Mara Hoffman pieces. It was the perfect thing to wear while hosting a party: no sleeves to get in the way and extremely comfortable.
More outfit details: Mara Hoffman jumpsuit (sold out), similar here, here and here; Backyard sneakers, turquoise ring (vintage), similar here and here; bracelets, The 2 Bandits, similar here and here.
[Photos by Sofala Knapton]