Bernardo1946 – Welcome to the home of the original sandal

Sometimes all you need is a killer outfit and a trusty pair of espadrilles to start the week off right. Outfit might be easy to pick, but shoes are kind of a risk, especially new shoes. Shall we choose to be stylish or comfortable? Is that a option to be both? Yes, you can, with the Bernardo1946 brand. Bernardo1946 brand is also a great gift choice for this upcoming Mother’s day or her birthday. All mom wants is a pair of comfortable shoes.

Handcrafted in Brazil using high-quality artisanal leathers and expert craftsmanship, Bernardo1946 is the brand has grown to offer fashionable yet comfortable styles for every season and occasion. All materials are carefully selected, cut and assembled locally by hand.

Bernardo1946 is founded in 1946 by architect, artist, and best-selling author Bernard Rudofsky who was inspired by ancient architecture and the social theories presented at his 1944 exhibition “Are Clothes Modern?” at the Museum of Modern Art, the Bernardo sandal was designed to free the foot from confining footwear of the 1940s. Rudofsky is credited with the invention of the women’s modern-day sandals.

The Bernardo1946 brand was an immediate success and its sandals were featured regularly in high-end fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, photographed by the most influential fashion photographers of the 20th century, such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Bert Stern, Helmut Newton, and Melvin Sokolsky. The Bernardo customer of the 1950s through the 1970s included jetsetters, fashion models, and society ladies, worn by style icons from Carol King to Jane Birkin to Jackie O. Bernardo’s influence has continued to resonate with sophisticated women worldwide today.

Bernardo1946’s current designs reflect the luxury and style that has defined the brand for 75 years. Current collections continue to use the patented iconic styles that Rudofsky created, recapturing the casual character and everyday elegance of Bernardo while modernizing the style and the brand image for women of all ages.

LULU’s recommendations:

Miami Demi Wedge

Eggshell Crocco Embossed Leather

Miami sandal is getting a style update! Now with a slight demi-wedge, this iconic, thong style sandal boasts a modern double strap design for extra sturdiness, knotted over by a toe thong post. Featuring a rolled footbed, soft padded leather insole, full leather sole and no-slip traction leather outsole all for long lasting, stylish wear. The perfect staple shoe to own in every color.

Product Details

  • 1.25″ heel
  • Croco embossed leather upper and lining
  • Croco embossed leather sole

Miami Shearling

The iconic Bernardo sandal has been updated with a super soft shearling that provides cloud-like comfort for your feet. The rubber sole adds extra traction. Get cozy with the Miami Shearling slipper!

Product Details:

  • Genuine Shearling Upper
  • Leather Trim
  • 0.25” Rubber Unit Sole
  • Made in Brazil


Luna is definitely not your average sandal. With a striking bow detail and a 1.75” wooden heel, these feminine, yet practical sandals will add a little fun to your every outfit. You can pair these with practically anything! Jeans, skirts, shorts, or dresses will surely be elevated by these perfect everyday sandals.

Product Details

  • 1.75″ heel
  • Suede upper and leather lining
  • Leather sole


Get graphic with this boho vintage design! Every detail is the result of an incredible artisanal work: the intricate, embroidered denim upper makes this mule precious and stylish; while the neutral tone recalled in the wooden heel and cushioned footbed make Nya a triumph of harmony. No matter if you dress up or down everybody will notice this delectable style.

Product Details:

  • Embroidered Denim Upper
  • Leather Lining
  • Leather Sole
  • 3” Wood Heel
  • Made in Brazil