Freak-Shoe Friday

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
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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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Rick Owens WHITE LEATHER ISLAND SOLE ADIDAS EDITION SNEAKERS

I’m all for conceptual, avant garde design, but there is a fine line between an interesting object & an aesthetically pleasing article of clothing. I mean I love Rick Owens, I really do. Most of his sneakers are downright fabulous & his shoes have a dark, sophisticated edge. I will not confirm or deny, but I may have worked with the guy. However impartial you think I might be, I believe this Rick Owens for Adidas sneaker is monstrous. Maybe I should mention that it is in fact a men’s shoe. But either way, ick.

Be it, I have never been a fan of clunky shoes or sneakers, (I cry a river every time I see a oversized bright white basketball sneak), but this one is just unsightly. Or would be, when worn. Looking at it footless, it’s actually pretty amazing. But the fact of the matter is that this ‘object’ is meant to be worn.

Honestly, I’d rather  have my better half wear Croc clogs. And they don’t cost $860.

That is all.

xo ShoeTease
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Freak-Shoe Friday: Shoe Bakery Shoes

It should come as no surprise that someone writing a shoe-based fashion blog has a bit of a shoe problem. If you follow ShoeTease at all on Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter, you’ll already know that I also have a slight chocolate/cake/sugar/sweets issue. So to be confronted with a blend of my 2 biggest vices is a little overwhelming, so please bear with me!

The craftsmanship on these outrageously amazing cake & pastry inspired flats, heels & accessories from Shoe Bakery is incredible. Seriously good enough to eat! But alas, the only flaw that these incredible creations have,  is their inedible nature, which, you know, is a good thing if you’re going to wear them. Kinda keeps them sturdy & such. A wicked bridal shoe idea too, where you can match your shoes to your wedding cake or commemorate a special occasion (they have holiday-themed sweet treat shoes as well!). This is a fairly neat, niche idea that for their sake & my love of sweets & shoes, I hope does exceedingly well. If they weren’t made to order, I can see the sprinkle donut-inspired flats flying right off the shelves! I’d definitely love to own them, myself. The high heels? Not as commercial, but for max $200 a pair, they’re a heck of a lot more quirky than anything Charlotte Olympia or Sophia Webster would dare create & much, much less expensive! Seriously worth at least a visit. But if you’ve got a sweet tooth, enter at your own risk!

Would you buy a pair of these shoes?!

xo ShoeTease
Photo Credit: shoebakery.com

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