Freak-Shoe Friday

Ugly Shoes - Sandal from McQueen's Spring Collection

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).

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Most Expensive Women's Shoe - Croc Boot

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 thesethese & 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.

That is all.

xo Cristina
Photo Credit: farfetch.com

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Ugly Designer Birkenstock style sandals for Spring 2014Top to Botton: MSGM python sandals, Marni cobalt-blue mirror sandals, Isabel Marant “Holden” slides

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:

xo ShoeTease
Photo Credit: luisaviaroma.com, net-a-porter.com, google.com

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Camilla Skovgaard Washed Denim Ankle Boots Spring 2014

This wedge ankle boot by Camilla Skovgaard could have been such a fun, funky bootie. It’s just too bad for the washed “jeans”, which completely kills it. Although I’ll give it props for being very in-style for Spring 2014, with its denim material & very trendy powder blue colour. These points, alas, cannot forgive this footwear disaster.

I find it to be really a hit-or-miss with this designer, for my tastes. She can design absolutely incredible edgy heels & sandals like these lovelies, but can also create some tremendously horrible shoes, such as this one. Go figure.

What do you think; would you wear these distressed denim boots?

xo ShoeTease
Photo Credit: luisaviaroma.com

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Freak Shoe Friday- Peter Popps Round White CiRCLE Shoes

Avant garde, artistic & bizarre, these “CiRCLE Shoes” by Peter Popps are explained as such:

“CiRCLE Peter Popps The CiRCLE is a development inspired on avant-gardism, 60′s space-age design, sci-fi transportation by magnets mixed with bondage, 2013″.

Freaky. Futuristic. Fantastic.

Thoughts?!

xo ShoeTease
Photo Credit: virtualshoemuseum.com

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