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Christian Siriano for Payless

We'll get to Christian's new collection soon, darlings. But first, let's take a look at his other new collection: his line of shoes for Payless:

"The Christian Siriano for Payless styles unveiled today take Christian's sleek runway aesthetic in an edgy direction. Each of the five shoe styles -- with creative names like Slither, Saunter, SheDevil, Sand Strap and Strut -- feature Christian's unique chunky conical heel designed to look like an inverted pyramid. Handbags -- the Shanbag tote and Sassafras clutch -- coordinate with the footwear silhouettes: two ankle booties and three hidden platform pumps, with accents of pyramid studs and draped chains. Rich materials such as shiny dark brown snakeskin and Egyptian hieroglyphic teal fabric also echo Christian's Egyptian inspiration."

"This is the first shoe collection I've designed and Payless has been fabulous," said Christian Siriano. "It was really incredible to have no limitation in shapes, materials or details. This is the way I think when designing my ready-to-wear pieces -- from a completely blank canvas. "









They're alright. We like the blue pair and the shape of the heel on most of them. The spikes? No. The chains? *shrug*

And is it us or do the toe boxes on these shoes look awfully - painfully - small?


[Photos: NYmag]
88 comments:

I was gonna say.... these shoes look like tortore devices... and not just for the spike and chain embellishments. God help the woman (pay her medical bills) who has to run catch a train in these shoes.


stacy from iowa

What is it with all the S&M gear coming out of Fashion week?!?


These look so incredibly painful. My feet are hurting just from looking at them! They are definitely not built for women who need to walk a lot!


I think the shoes will do very well. They are really very cute for the price. The heel shape is quite fetching and they have a turquiose blue sole, don;t they? The turquoise brocade ones are my favorite, if they are avalable in my market I might even buy them.
The bags are not my cup of tea. Too much shiny vinyl, but that style is very popular.


Maybe it's designers' way of responding to the current recession. But it was done better during the early 80s Punk era.

I saw a Payless ad in the March Vogue, and I wondered where his shoes were. They are nothing I'd wear, but good for him for striking a deal in this economy. I'm sure they'll sell to his fans.


I don't think heels like this are for comfort, someone somewhere is always willing to suffer for a look they like. Those spikes are sure not for someone who wears hose with her shoes though . . .


I don't hate the chains (though I don't love them either), but I do hate the spikes. Painful to carry on the bags, and the shoes look painful to wear.


The thing is heels like that are one thing (not for me, but some people love 'em), but from Payless? Buying heels like that that cheaply seems like a ticket to foot injury.


I like the blue pair. I might buy that one.


The shoes are actually interesting for Payless. I'm sure they will sell like bagels. All the 16-year-old girls will buy them all.


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I hate chains or spikes on anything, I don't care if it's Karl Lagerfeld doing it. They will sell to his fans, that's for sure.


BlueJay - love the bagels reference.

I like it - I think it is very Christian and it seems to be a savvy move. I wouldn't wear the shoes though I like some of them. I think the bags are great, tho'.


Payless goes fetish.

Who knew they had it in them?

I have a feeling that those ones with the spikes on the toes & heels, are going to end up being involved in some drunken Bad Girls-style altercations in a few clubs.

--GothamTomato


One word: Rodarte

Rodarte Fall 2008 collection...down to the blue soe. See it for yourself.

This kid doesn't have one original thought in his head.


Medievel torture devices. Henry VIII would have LOVED them for Anne Bolyn and Katherine Howard!!!


Speaking as someone who kicks her opposite ankle...the spikes...OW! I'd have to carry a first aid kit. But then, I'm sure I'm not in Christians demo.


New meaning for the words Spiked Heels? @@

Seriously, don't wear stockings with *those*......


I dig the blue ones but I'd definitely have to try them on to see if they don't murder my feet and ankles before buying.


He should call his line: Klingon Party Wear.

At least the girls can kick some serious ass with them spikes.


Admittedly, my first thought was, "Christian, are you ever going to consider the person wearing your clothes?" It's typical of his designs in that it's interesting, young, and who the hell would wear it?

Answer: 15 year old girls who shop at Payless. These shoes will sell.

Also, remember that there is a platform on the shoes so, effectively, the heel isn't quite as brutally high as it appears. It really all comes down to (as TLo wisely noted), the space in the toe box and the cushion under the ball of the foot.

But these are Payless shoes. There is no cushion.

I'll try on the peep-toe chains though. They'd be fun to make people gape at the office...if they're wearable.


Professional dominatrices don't shop at Payless.


Ouch. I find these shoes fun to look at, but to wear?

I've never really understood how, exactly, a person whose expertise in designing and fitting clothing is arrogant enough to imagine that designing a wearable shoe is easy (oh, well, it's Christian!).

There are reasons people like Jimmy Choo stick to shoes and accessories, and why clothing designers should probably stick to clothes. The skills are related, but not equivalent.


As I looked at these shoes, I asked if he was Torquemada, especially the song and dance sequence from Mel Brooks' History of the World part 1.

Confess, don't be dull....
you thought so to.


im a 17 year old girl. I will buy a pair. Youre welcome for proving your hypothesises.

and i don't care how rodarte they are (it was my first thought). frankly, i loved those rodarte shoes, and i love christian so it's a +2 for me.


not my cup of tea, but definitely interesting. and they'll sell. Good for Christian for designing for Payless - a lot of people shop there (I know I do), a lot of people don't have the money to spend on quality shoes, and this is a great way to get something a little more fashion-y than usual for not a ton of money.

I also wonder why the criticism of the unwearableness of these when so many of us drool and die over shoes that look equally horrific but are being worn by Fashion Icons or on a runway? Is it anti-Christian or anti-Payless snobbery? Or are these just exceptionally painful looking?


@ frogboots:
I don't care for the whole platform stripper heels here on on the runway, but these are literally more unwearable because of the cheap construction. If you've worn both Manolo 3-inch heels and Payless heels, you'll know what I mean. There is nothing worse for your feet and back than cheap heels. For a great tutorial on the construction of heels, and a fun 2 hours, watch the movie Kinky Boots.


The spikes seriously look like they would really hurt someone.


They're interesting, but they're Payless, don't expect much in terms of comfort or durability.


I think they're very cool. I'll definitely buy a pair.


"GorgeousThings said: They are nothing I'd wear, but good for him for striking a deal in this economy."




Totally agree on that one. I'm happy to see any new entrepreneur make it.

But I must admit, when I saw the shoes, my first thought was to picture Anne Slowey trying to walk in them.

Is that wrong?

--GothamTomato


Gotham, love your 12:19 comment !


Most women probably do get their heels cheaply. I'm sure these shoes are obviously catered to younger women.

They are fine, and I'm sure they will sell quite nicely. I don't get the spikes. If someone tries to steal your purse, you can always whack em with it for some serious damage.


The only one that doesn't look super cheap is the pair with the ankle straps. The rest look like they're from Payless.


GT said
"But I must admit, when I saw the shoes, my first thought was to picture Anne Slowey trying to walk in them. "


Yes. The spikes. The better to kick all her assistants.


GT said
"But I must admit, when I saw the shoes, my first thought was to picture Anne Slowey trying to walk in them. "


Yes. The spikes. The better to kick all her assistants.


Ridiculously fun and very appealing.


Comfortable? Show me one cute pair of shoes that are or ever have been...


i really love these shoes, and i would buy them. the spikes look pretty damn scary, but still awesome nonetheless.


Hey, none of his models fell down on the runway!

That's something.


I like the ankle boot, the chain shoe and the turquoise. Also the clutch bag. I don't like anything with the spikes including the Rodartes. They make you look like a frickin bad tempered bulldog. And I agree with the person who said forget stockings with these puppies. They'd be in shreds before you left the house.


Yes, they do look painfully small. Ouch.

But the spikes on the toes made me smile -- that could come in handy.


I feel like I'd hurt myself in those shoes with all the spikes and such. haha


fashionablylate

Can't wait to try on a pair, if my local Payless will carry them (please?).


Yes-- they are too small--
podiatrists will make a mint with these!

Love the Anne Slowey comment GoTo! And your comments Gorgeous Things. You two have hit the proverbial nail on the head--
or should it be spikes on the ankles?


Now everyone can look like a million-dollar whore on a fifty-dollar budget!

Thanks, Christian!


Angel H: "Now everyone can look like a million-dollar whore on a fifty-dollar budget!"

Ha! Good news, huh?


musicboxkasmslo

I don't like the bags at all, they look chip in a chip way. The shoes are OK, especially the blue one.


The shoes will do very well. Every fan of the show will buy a pair just to have something by PPS. Good for him!


CanIGetYouAnything?

Anonymous said...

The only one that doesn't look super cheap is the pair with the ankle straps. The rest look like they're from Payless.



Because they ARE from Payless.


Fug.


i like them!
and at least christian didn't have to come out with a movie about himself to pay for shit. He's actually DOING something


Ugh.
Except for the turquoise ones and I think you could do serious harm to others in a crowd with that spiked purse.

If you've worn both Manolo 3-inch heels and Payless heels, you'll know what I mean. There is nothing worse for your feet and back than cheap heels.

There is a reason why vintage (pre-70's ish) platforms/high heels are a better choice if you can find them, they were just made better, even the "budget" priced ones...just a better, more comfortable fit.


It's Payless, of course they're going to be uncomfortable. I'd rather get shoes at Goodwill, than Payless.

Hate the spikes, love the chains idea though.


it's all looks. there are lots of shoes that look that look this good but were made in China with no consideration for feet. They're more like sculptures than shoes. I'm cheap when it comes to most things, but this is why I'm willing to spend money on shoes...so I don't have to spend it on medical bills later.


Considering these are Payless shoes, they aren't going to be the fiercest things ever. However, at least the shoes have some personality and style. The big drawback is obviously going to be the comfort. Are these shoes going to be comfortable? Given the price point, seems unlikely. But could be wearable enough to wear out to dinner or something or around the office.

I think the spikes were probably a mistake. On the bag, ok. On the shoes... yikes.


Totally hits the mark as far as the typical Payless customer! They are a bit more edgy, which I think will sell. So big score for Christian, Payless, and Payless customers as far as I'm concerned.
I am none of the above, by the way, not for years. And this collection certainly won't bring me back.


Payless shoes (unless they are sneakers, ripoff Uggs or slippers) are not comfy, because they are cheap. Those shoes, which would be S&M devices in the best of times, would eat my feet alive!


Martinique said: Every fan of the show will buy a pair just to have something by PPS.

You are confused. There are many people who are fans of Project Runway who are definitely not fans of Princess Poseur.


I was expecting better, but they're alright. I despise the spikes, but the chains are an interesting touch.
It looks like the toe boxes go down a bit more and then out, so there's plenty of room.


I have a goth high school freshman that will LOVE the spikes on her shoes to piss off the Vice Principal. I can't believe he seriously thinks real women will wear those shoes other than the teal. Miss Siriano has forgotten the cardinal rule of his burgeoning career, WWPW. (What would Posh wear?) A muse is nothing to be ashamed of. It has kept many male designers in touch with a women's needs.


I like the chain peep-toes. They seem original enough to me.

You know what's funny? I'm a middle school teacher, and I can say with a little authority that teenage girls do not wear high heels as much as they did when I was in middle and high school (I'm 26). The girls all wear cute little embellished flats with skinnies and demin skirts. I actually like it, because it's more more girlish, less whorish, than we dressed in my day.

The point being, I'm not sure how well these torture chambers will sell to the targeted Payless demographic.


Katie said...
The thing is heels like that are one thing (not for me, but some people love 'em), but from Payless? Buying heels like that that cheaply seems like a ticket to foot injury.


I don't think paying dollars is the answer. Every picture of Heidi Klum the last 2 years her feet look absolutely deformed. And not in a good way. How is that beautiful or sexy. Beats me.

The road warrior spikes. Seriously? Big fail.


OK, the shoes remind me of the old Steve Martin's "Cruel Shoes." I'm sure the podiatrists are thankful though -- lots of future patients.

And how utterly impractical are those spikes? You'd be stabbing yourself and others constantly and probably ruining clothes & stockings too. Yech.


i'm not dorothy gale

Podiatrists weep with delight. Torture on the cheap is no bargain even with the Princess' name on it.


I think the fierceness thing has gotten out of hand fot little C.


Oy! A made-in-China plastic Payless FLAT is torturous, but THESE? Expect lawsuits.


With how tall the shoes are, I guess you don't need toe boxes, you're practically on your tippy-toes.


LOVE Christian, but I agree with CroqueMonsieur - my first thought about the spiky shoes was "Rodarte knock-off."


Lilithcat said...

Martinique said: Every fan of the show will buy a pair just to have something by PPS.

You are confused. There are many people who are fans of Project Runway who are definitely not fans of Princess Poseur.


You're right. I meant HIS fans.


OK, Practical Gal here - don't take that spiked bag along when sporting anything knit, or you'll become hopelessly entangled. Good thing no one wears hose anymore, or you'd shred them crossing your legs with the spiked pumps. You might even shred your legs . . . .


The toe boxes might not be too bad, depending on the height of the platform inside. At least they appear to be a semi-rounded shape rather than pointed. Those god-awful pizza slice shoes of the early 2000s were just as small, if you look at useable space. Most of the length on those is too narrow for your toes to actually get in to...they are like little pointy court jester prosthetics.

Cheap shoes are not good for your feet, but you are kidding yourself if you think that a monster heel is foot-safe just because it was pricey. Anything that puts your foot in that position is unhealthy...save those Loubs for special occasions and prevent long-term damage. Frau Seal isn't the only model with wretched stiletto-damaged feet...


Those are all some pretty damn ugly shoes. OTOH, they look just like the hooker chic you usually see at places like Payless, so they'll probably do very well.


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Those spokes look awfully sharp.


My most comfortable shoes are from Payless and are modeled after a pair of Louboutin pumps. I bought them because on gay pride day the heel on my $200 Weitzman sandal fucking snapped as I was walking to the parade so I literally hailed a cab which in turn circumvented the city and hoofed it into the mall limping in one shoe up to Payless. (I'm a drag queen mind you.) Friendly staff and some of the styles are actually cute. I'll buy all 5 styles, and wear them until I see them on someone paired with anything by House of Dereon.


There's no way those are comfortable.


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OMG, Vienna! Are you in DC? Is Vienna Marriott your performing name? If so, and I say this as a mid 90's Fruit Fly DC alumna....awesome name choice. (The joke back then among my gays was always that Paris Hilton would be so prim if she were named "Vienna Marriott," because Washington is full of allegedly straightlaced types who are...well....NOT STRAIGHT.)

Elaine


Gorge! I want them all. Go PPS!!!


U G L Y

Christian is brilliant, but these are not.


HAHAHAHA! Payless has always been, and will always be, the best place to find butt ugly stripper shoes! These designs fit into that mold perfectly!


Who in Ferocia Coutura hell would want a pair of plastic fake Rodartes?


Ugh, these aren't even 'stripper shoes' - they're 'tranny hooker moonlighting as stripper' shoes.

God forbid someone make affordable high-end knockoffs that actual WOMEN could actually WEAR.


Shoes built like that, at that price point... no. That sh*t will hurt you. I too am hurting just looking at those tiny toe boxes. The heels look pretty cool but again, from Payless, no.


being a payless employee, i can say, this is not a all what your average payless shopper wants, or would buy. this style is entirely designed by christian, and will only be sold in big city stores and online. most of my shoppers buy cute simple shoes, which is very worth the price. for those who refer to payless as a good place to find cheap stipper shoes, have you been in one of our stores lately? we are not the same company as we were even 3 years ago. we have been in ny fashion week for the last 3 years i think, with designers like patricia field (i know right!), so there :)


I actually love the shoes!! They are very artistic and they have a rocker flair that is so totally in right now. I love the edge, I love Christian's sense of style, and I commend him on making a brilliant deal depsite that state of our economy. Hats off to Christian and Payless and to anyone who likes to see different items brought to mainstream America. Make it Work!!


Very late, but I think they're cute.
Those ones with the spikes on the front and back...eek!
They would look much better without the embellishment.





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