Not one to ever use the term cray-cray, I think this silver over-the-knee scrunched boot from Gareth Pugh merits the term. More of a work of art than wearable boots, these are seriously out of this world, space-age freaky! Lady Gaga of the past would certainly approve. I know the 60s are back & all for Fall 2014 (as are OTK boots btw), but I think a form of the Chelsea Boot would have been a tad more appropriate for the coming season. Not to mention more commercial.
Yes, call me crazy, but I find this mule/boot with its incredibly tall shaft highly appealing. Leave it to Alexander Wang to make any shoe or fashion product “cool”, no matter how preposterous the design.
Hold on a second.
When it comes to Alexander McQueen, I say please. I say thank you. I say, give it to me NOW. But with respect to these multi-buckled “Maya” platform sandals from the Spring 2014 collection, I will politely refuse. Although I do feel bad about dismissing a design from a late, great fashion designer’s namesake line, I expect Lee may actually agree with me on this one (not to mention the price would surely have him rolling in his grave).
When I think of what the most expensive women’s shoe presently available in retail stores would look like, I envision diamond dust-encrusted Stuart Weitzman sandals, a spectacular pair of 24 Carat Giuseppe Zanotti studded wedges, or lust-worthy, truly unique, Christian Louboutin pumps. I think most of us would. But no, the priciest retailing shoes are not heels, are anything but feminine & quite frankly, don’t even look like women’s shoes at all. What you are gazing upon are Western-style crocodile leather (hence the price) “Stallion” ankle boots from Marion Heinrich. There are so many pricey shoes out there, such as these, these & these that I would looove to fling some serious cash at. The atrocity, above? Not so much.
I’d say these fit into a Freak-Shoe Friday post rather nicely. Even if they didn’t retail for $6,111.61 US. Oh & don’t get too excited, but they are available a vast array of colours.
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Designer Birkenstock & Teva-like sandals: I wouldn’t categorize them as ridiculous shoes. I wouldn’t really categorize them as ugly, either. Ridiculously ugly, however? Uhm, yep, that sounds about right. I mean, I’d get it if Jeffrey Campbell or someone of the calibre was creating & enabling a freak show footwear trend for Spring 2014. Or rather, creating another. It’s been done many a time. Like here. Here. And here.
But for the likes of Givenchy, Balenciaga & MARNI (in my mind, being the worst, repeat offender of the season), to join in on the fun? No. No. And Just. No. But the most insulting thing about these weird-looking shoes (I’m gonna stop you right there – I don’t CARE how comfortable they are!), is the cost. Up to $1000 for a frumpy looking slip-on. Are you freaking kidding me? Some “stylish” fashionistas are even wearing them all over Paris, New York in Milan with socks. And not just any socks. The tube variety (proof: here).
I mean, seriously, if you need to get onto the geriatric trend, just get yourself a real pair of Birkenstocks, which are non only cheaper, but actually designed for comfort above all else & then tack on some glitter. Rhinestones. Lacquer. Heck, even rocks. Whatever floats your boat. Just like Heidi Klum did a few years back. Actually, this sounds like an interesting DIY project. Keep an eye out for a post?! I may or may not be kidding.
But then again, people are still swooning over UGG Boots. So, really, what the heck do I know?!
That is all.
PS: Feel free to browse the wall of shame featuring the current offenders, below:
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