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Yea or Nay: YSL Caged Heels


In the long run, there's only so much you can do with the modern high heel: stumpy or stilleto, kitten heels or fuck-me heels, metal, wood, leather or lucite, in the end, it's almost always variations on a theme that repeats season in and season out.

But the YSL Spring 2009 collection managed to offer something slightly new and interesting and we can't quite decide whether we like them or not: the "caged" heel.




Tilda Swinton was (of course) the first celeb to wear them on the red carpet.








Let's separate the shoe from the heel in this conversation. The shoes themselves, while kinda fab, look incredibly painful, so ignore them if you can. What do you think of those heels? We admit, we're leaning toward the side that says "love 'em!" but also admit that they're a little gimmicky, like those Chanel gun heels that Madonna and Posh were wearing a while back.


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142 comments:

Gimmicky.

Plus, if you're wearing them ANYWHERE near a sunny place, you're looking at really frequent applications of sunscreen on your feet (which poses some issues of potentially slipping) or risking a ridiculous grid of tan lines.


They may be gimmicky, but they look like they give more support than stilletos. I say IN...and I wish I could wear them :-)


I think they could be in with a bit of editing--right now they look like a naked skyscraper instead of an elegant accessory. A bit of playing around on that theme and I think we'd have a real winner on our hands.


Gimmicky shoes are okay if they are cheap and disposable.


I think they're gorgeous!


I like them ... wanted to barf at first, but Tilda looks good in them. They're interesting. I say YAY


What is it with women wearing shoes a size too small?

Honey, your little piggies are NOT supposed to be lapping over the toe of the shoe. Get a larger size and put a non-slip pad under the ball of your foot.


Where else can I put this?? But it must be shared....Frau Seal is preggers again!!


I like the silver version a lot, but the black, not so much. I can't put my finger on why. While it is a little gimmicky, it's not as bad as the gun heels.


They will keep podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons in business.


I think they look great with pants, and the silver color is even better than the black.

I would like them with an ever so slightly lower heel. If the heel were say 2.5 inches, they would be low enough to walk in and look fantastic.

I think any shoe looks great with 4 inch heels - if a designer can make a shoe with a 2 to 2.5 inch heel that is real talent, and we could walk! What does this blog think - would they sell?


Gimmicky, but stylish as hell.

IN.


I say IN, they have this kinky s&m vibe going without going overboard. sure it's a little gimmicky but come on - shoes are supposed to be fun


Love the actual heel.
Not so much on the rest of it.


I think they're borderline tacky; I mean come on... you absolutely KNOW the next variation of this will be that the heel is a miniature Eiffel Tower.


All I can think is "ouch" and they aren't pretty enough to be worth the pain.


My biggest problem is that, if you have any problem with your feet (bunions, corns, hammertoes), you simply can't wear them. But if you have beautiful feet, go for it. I think the heel is actually kind of cool.


Oh, and I find them a nice change of pace from/evolution of the gladiator sandal


I wasn't much liking them until I saw them on Tilda. They look painful, and I wouldn't wear them, but I'm going to say IN.


"What is it with women wearing shoes a size too small?

Honey, your little piggies are NOT supposed to be lapping over the toe of the shoe. Get a larger size and put a non-slip pad under the ball of your foot."

those are runway models... on the runway. the designer provides the shoe in a size with the hopes that the chosen model will fit in it. if they can get the foot in, they're made to wear it.. no matter how uncomfy, tight, loose, dangerous, etc.


Don't like the shoes as a whole, too industrial a vibe, but the heel on it's own is o.k.

Depending on who uses it with what, it could be adorable, if, as so many have said already, gimmicky.


Used sparingly, I think they are great. If worn all the time, probably a bit too much.

The shoes aren't stilettos, so the support could be fine and no less comfortable than other heels.

Seems ok. I agree with another poster, the silver looks better than the black. Bronze could work too as a variation on a gladiator sandal or something.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

I hate them.


I'm waiting for someone to cage a small mouse or bird in those heels.
(Ala the goldfish platforms).
Actually I kind of like the shoes. They look incredibly uncomfortable. A veritable podiatrist's dream. Build up the practice, ya know!


Me no likee.

I am now picturing the sight-gag of woman over model weight attempting to wear them, and the rebar in the heels starts to bend under the weight, then snap; stabbing her in the foot.

Just sayin'; if you want to wear them, get a tetnus booster.

--GothamTomato


Gimmicky. And if you wore them outside, even a little bit, wouldn't they get full of stuff, like leaves or dirt or cigarette butts? I just don't see these being practical except for the woman who never needs to go outside.


Just bring along your Swiss army knife to pick out the clumps of dirt, dog poo, cig butts and dead bugs you'll be picking out of that cage if you wear those shoes in New York!


Ummm, how much detritus will get caught within the cage? A piece of paper, something a little sticky, a stone, all sorts of trash collection potential.

That is assuming, of course, these would be worn anywhere else besides a red carpet.... which one would think would be the only way they'd be commercially viable.

Ah, I see that Amanda in Austin and I were on the same wavelength.

Not that my feet would ever be candidates for these!

Takes all kinds.....

All the best,

NDC


Karen in Ohio

As someone who wears a size six shoe, the current trend towards sky-high shoes makes me crosseyed. My feet aren't long enough to wear anything higher than a 2 1/2" heel! It's fine and good for those models who are 6' and over, they all have big feet. Thank heavens for Michele Obama, and her propensity for flats. Yay!

That said, the heels themselves are cool, and I'd wear them if they were low enough for me. But the toes hanging out the sides and getting crunched in those cages look hideously uncomfortable. They are definitely cab shoes, no one could walk far in them.


At first I though the uppers were metal as well, but it turns out they are patent leather. That takes away some of the 'ouch' factor. I don't like the 'full cage' ones at the top, but the ones further down that Tilda Swinton wore look good.


Interesting design. Reminds me of the stuff the Vienna Werkstatte was making at the turn of the 20th Century.


I agree with Gail - was "ugh" until I saw them on Tilda Swinton, and I also agree with the other posters who said they liked the silver better...guessing it's because there's less contrast - black would be great on someone of color or with a dark tan. What would be great is if they'd do these in a wedge heel, with a clear "lining" of acrylic or some like material to keep the cigarette butts and such out.

Speaking of over the top, could you imagine these in a over-the-knee boot? HA

RFCB


Baby toes need to be reigned in-- you can see an escapee in one of the photos.

No woman over the age of 21 has pretty enough feet for this. As much as I like Tilda, check out her big bunion. She's got bunions on her bunions!

Shoes designers, have pity on us...


the first lulu

Snort!!! But why not? If you're young enough and currently have great feet. (LOL, and I sure don't.)

Shoe designers are amazing in their creativity. But how funny to think of a bird in a cage, or bird poo!


IN. (Except for the styles where the little toe is not-very-attractively escaping from the cage.)

And, yes, feet with bunions need not apply.

I'd love to heft a pair. Are they as light as they look?

--Sally in North Bend


I'm surprising myself by thinking they're pretty fab. I loathe gladiator shoes, so I'm not really sure why I like these. Perhaps it's because I love Tilda?


I have an example: This flower basket was designed by Josef Hoffman around 1906:

http://www.spencermarks.com/html/g681.html

I don't think the YSL shoes are gimmicky - they're just REALLY retro.


the first lulu

thanks, Doug, for the link. Beautiful historical reference.


I don't like the full shoe or boot, but the ones that Tilda is wearing, kind of sandals are gorgeous.... I would wear them now that I know the top part is made of patent leather instead of metal! :-)


I'm so exasperated by impractical shoes. If the shoe doesn't allow for walking, it fails as a design. (Even 18 year old runway models, who only have to walk in such shoes for 45 seconds, regularly wipe out!)

Shoe designers should whip up samples in their own size, then take a nice long walk. I can't decide if those responsible for such shoes are just impossibly silly and obsessed with 'fierceness', or downright hostile toward women!


I'd get a pair =) Probably cost an arm and a leg.....I'd get the open toe ones. The closed ones look awful.

Not very practical though. So if my job were to swan around and walk short distances - it would work =)


I only like the ones that Swinton wore. The full cages are scary. The heels alone -- sure! They don't really shout "cage" to me on the heel. Looks more architectural, as in scaffolding or a glass building. Also, Swinton is always IN. Trust her to wear something a little over-edgy and make it look great.


Being in design, I love them,
they evoke a feeling of architecture. I like the "skin" of the shoe being taken away, and only seeing the "skeleton" or "structure" of the shoe. I say IN
What would Laura Bennett say?


I like 'em. I think they're chic with a nerdy twist.


Love 'em, but only someone like SWINTON could pull them off.


What a difference Tilda makes.


bitchybitchybitchy

I'm imagining the silver version paired with Jay's Chrysler building dress from season 1 of PR...


bitchybitchybitchy

I'm imagining the silver version paired with Jay's Chrysler building dress from season 1 of PR...

Off topic...Frau Seal is expecting bebe #4...


Absolutely in. The heel itself is made from a single piece of stainless that's been laser cut (compared to welding/molding steel wires into the shape, which would be easier/cheaper but also way less durable). The patent upper is actually constructed by hand, because machines can't always align the strips perfectly. If you see one in person, you'll definitely agree with me on how great these are.


Anonymous at 2:23pm said:
No woman over the age of 21 has pretty enough feet for this.

I disagree.
If you have nice feet and you keep them looking good you can wear most anything at any age.
Ugly feet are ugly feet at any age.


StkrShock said...
I'm waiting for someone to cage a small mouse or bird in those heels. (Ala the goldfish platforms).
I was thinking the same thing! A dwarf mouse should fit in there OK.

Or you could stick some suet in the heel and be a walking bird feeder!


i ADORE them, if only i could afford the black ones (first photo). Fabulous, different, interesting.


IN as shoe art, OUT as a wearable accessory.


How come Tilda Swinton gets a pass on the black nail polish. Amy Adams just took a beating for the exact same thing. Swinton really is in her own realm I guess.

Also, I took a closer look at the heels of these shoes after people suggested they should be filled with acrylic to keep trash out of them. In the photos of the silver shoes it appears they might actually be acrylic with the metal frame inside. But I can't see it on the black.


CanIGetYouAnything?

They must be uncomfortable, but I can't stop looking at it. It's so beautiful, like a piece of art.


"Madeline said...

How come Tilda Swinton gets a pass on the black nail polish. Amy Adams just took a beating for the exact same thing. Swinton really is in her own realm I guess."

Because we're talking about the shoes, NOT Tilda's look, get it?


SUS said:
StkrShock said...
I'm waiting for someone to cage a small mouse or bird in those heels. (Ala the goldfish platforms).I was thinking the same thing! A dwarf mouse should fit in there OK.

Or you could stick some suet in the heel and be a walking bird feeder!

-------------
OMG...How funny!!!!


It works for the pretty feeted on the runway and red carpet. I think they look great with pants.


wxchick said...
What is it with women wearing shoes a size too small?

Honey, your little piggies are NOT supposed to be lapping over the toe of the shoe. Get a larger size and put a non-slip pad under the ball of your foot.

Sample shoes are size 6 to 7. If you do not want to shell out $1,000.00 then you got to squeeze into a size 6 to 7. Luckily I wear a size 6.5.

TampaBay


Sorry boys but this is a huge NAY for me, both fugly and uncomfortable looking. I'll take my classic black SW pumps any day of the week.


True, there are under-21 ugly feet, and over-21 pretty feet... but if you randomly compare the two, you'll find that the older the feet, the more gnarled and misshapen (from years of hobbling around in 'fierce' shoes).


The shoes aren't too small, just designed with no regard for gravity-- the feet spill out at the front because the wearer's weight is all balanced on the ball of the foot, and the shoe's totally open.

Poor shoe designers-- if only women's feet were more cooperative, and made of injection-molded plastic, like a Barbie doll's.


I find them aesthetically pleasing, but impractical. That said, they are light years better than the hooker shoes we've been seeing on the runway.


I LOVE them! IN.


I like the silver version a lot better. I don't like them in the 'boot' style, but the variation where they tie at the heel looks a lot better and not so S & M.

These heels could potentially look really cool in other colors too!


I like the pair Tilda is sporting and it's fellow that has the cuff, the rest can hit the bin.


oh my god I love them. LOVE.


I would have loved to see a version with a caged upper and solid heel, or even the reverse. I feel like the effect is ruined somewhat by the mixing of the grid proportions/scales, but still, great fun, and totally interesting.
Why is everyone evaluating these in terms of comfort? They are meant to wow!


i'm not dorothy gale

Yay. I must say I do like the look of those heels - certainly not the height - they're so architecturally stunning that the rest of the shoe could be relatively simple.


yay!


GORGEOUS and architectural. No, you're not going to wear them to go run errands, but you could pull them off to go clubbing or even if you work in a very stylish office.

Then again, I live in Manhattan, an island made completely out of scaffolding, so maybe I'm biased.


I don't like that they go so far up the ankle actually. Claudia is wearing another pair in a newer ad that stop just below the ankle bone and are ten times sexier. I dunno ...I feel like toes would slip through too. gross. :)


I love those heels! They remind me of a pair I used to have with a metal spiral heel. Wish I still had them.


Cute but highly impractical. Not that fashion is particularly practical anyway.


While they do seem more "trendy" to me than "gimmicky" I really like that they are probably a more supportive heel but have the appearance of a more delicate, stiletto-ish heel because of the cutouts so that you dont see a big clunker of a heel when you look at them.


Gimmicky or not, I'd still love to have them. They look very architectural, kinda remind me of the Eiffel Tower.


i like the more open, sandal-looking ones and the last one with the slightly lower heel. I'd like to see the caged heel with a solid foot; that way it would look less like a gimmick.


They are AMAZING!


Love them!


They're really hard to pull off if you don't have long long legs.


The gladiator finally gets a fierce update. I think they're fabulous.


I love the whole thing as a lovely art piece!


I like the idea of the heel but the shoe must be very uncomfortable and I agree with most here, your feet must look impeccable.


Hahahahaha oh god i can so imagine my toes getting stuck in the holes.


Oh my–LOVE!!


You can get them at Barneys for ONLY $1,590.00.


all those straps can't feel too good after a while


Can you imagine cleaning them? I would have to use a vacuum cleaner.


These are shoes for whoever doesn't need to walk or ever heard of public transportation; someone who is lifted and carried when needed.


At the risk of coming off as some sort of shrill 1980's-era feminist, it seems to me that absurd, uncomfortable footwear has hampered women for hundreds of years. I hate seeing it lauded.

"Why is everyone evaluating these in terms of comfort-- they're meant to wow". Why are women badgered into believing that their comfort is of so little importance, that "wowing" takes precedence? For REAL "wow" factor, let's all bind our feet, shall we?

I'm not advocating the Birkenstock, but 6" heels of this sort are torture devices-- inhospitable to walking or even standing erect. Men wouldn't entertain the ridiculous indignity for a moment, but women pay big bucks for the privilege.

Lest you think I'm some sort of plaid-flannel wearing dyke, I'll admit that I spent my twenties & thirties goosestepping along with fashion, hobbling around in 4-5" heels, often in agony, always slightly grumpy, never as productive or energetic as I might have been, had I not handicapped myself with irrational footwear.

Sisters unite! Don't let your gays browbeat you into subservience! Don't pander to male taste-- straight OR gay.

That's all. Thank you.


I LOVE them. Check them out here:
http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/3099BBGiovannaWeb.jpg
gorg.


Big yay they are fabulous


I think they would look fabulous with a skirt. I would totally wear them.


I adore those caged heels. The cage heels are metal and very sturdy. I try them on and they're not that bad. Some of them have a back zipper that makes it easy to put on and take off.


They're very futuristic. I like them. I say YAY.


oh, and there's a matching belt too : )


Love them. Want them. Need them!


They're definitely the shoes of the season. I think they're perfect for a minimalist, androgynous woman.


Gorgeous! But they look like they would hurt to wear....


I'm so with you, my possibly shrill 80s Anonymous sister. While I appreciate an interesting or pretty shoe as art, it kind of rankles that women are expected to wear the damned things. That every make-over show berates a flat-shoed woman about the need for heels. If you WANT to wear them, enjoy! But I do hate that comfortable shoe=frumpy old cow. Some of us just aren't willing to suffer for fashion--and can still look pretty stylin'.


Anonymous
4/17/09 2:39 PM said:

Shoe designers should whip up samples in their own size, then take a nice long walk. I can't decide if those responsible for such shoes are just impossibly silly and obsessed with 'fierceness', or downright hostile toward women! I agree!

OUT in capital letters.


piobaire said...
These are shoes for whoever doesn't need to walk or ever heard of public transportation; someone who is lifted and carried when needed.

4/17/09 11:30 PM



aka CELEBS, PSEUDO-CELEBS, and SUPERMODELS not on the runway.

very true!


Maybe I just hate black patent leather shoes, but the black/ black combo looks hideous and (gasp!) cheap. Black w/ silver heels are better and silver/silver are the best, especially in the style Swinton wore.
I certainly prefer them to the icky open-toe booties & gladiator sandals that everyone is wearing now.

Still, I see a very limited lifespan for these. I give them 2 months. Or whenever Kim Kardashian starts wearing them, whichever comes sooner.


I would like to put two psychotic mice in one to see the ultimate rodent death match. No, I'd like to wear them and see Cincinnati's reaction -- think I can find a pair at Shoe Carnival?


I would like to put two psychotic mice in one to see the ultimate rodent death match. No, I'd like to wear them and see Cincinnati's reaction -- think I can find a pair at Shoe Carnival?


Anonymous said...
At the risk of coming off as some sort of shrill 1980's-era feminist, it seems to me that absurd, uncomfortable footwear has hampered women for hundreds of years. I hate seeing it lauded.

"Why is everyone evaluating these in terms of comfort-- they're meant to wow". Why are women badgered into believing that their comfort is of so little importance, that "wowing" takes precedence? For REAL "wow" factor, let's all bind our feet, shall we?

Good lord. Shoes are only a prison if all your selections match the crazy, and yes, I admit, some of unwearable qualities of this particular style. I got my flats, girl, most of which hold my orthotics. But I know how to have a little fun once in awhile. Lighten up.
A feminist from way back who knows how to have fun.-path


The silver ones look too much like chicken wire.

I like the architectural element of them, but I can't get past the chicken wire vibe.


Path-

(Since I've adopted the shrill feminist position here, why stop now?)

I would argue that the footwear styles that women are brainwashed into wearing (not only the extreme styles lauded on the runways, but the modified "everyday" styles that they influence)are ANTI-fun.

Pain isn't fun-- how many of us have had countless days & evenings ruined by our deluded attempts to emulate what we see in magazines, grimacing through the pain, dying to just sit down and kick the damn things off under the table?

Why are women's feet-- our only means of locomotion-- suitable for the display of perverse sculpture? We all complain about it, then we dutifully endure what we're encouraged to wear, gaily referring to it as "fun", dulling the pain with a few strong martinis.

Does none of this bother you?

Luv,

Shrill 1980's-era Feminist


It looks like foot punishment.

Tilda wears them well, though.


Dear Shrill 1980's feminist,
Please stop calling yourself that. Just be a feminist, OK? I agree with you.
As you asked " Why are women's feet-- our only means of locomotion-- suitable for the display of perverse sculpture?"
It's because they are more beautiful that way. I can't help it, I am a designer (not fashion) by profession, and even I know that every woman's foot and calf will be improved by a slight heel: maybe not 6 inches. At least 2 though.
I'm not crazy enough to indulge beyond a pair or two, because I know what my life is like and it isn't Swinton's. And that is the key.
Once, early in my career, I was carrying a presentation in the largest portfolio they make (it was like a sail), I almost missed the plane to the meeting. I had to hike up my silk dupioni pencil skirt, take off my 3 inch Ferragamos and run like a bastard through the parking lot and the airport.
I didn't wear anything I couldn't run in for years after that.
I still admire those shoes. Can we be friends?


My favorites were the last. I love the heels but I hate the gladiator style of the actual shoes.


I find it strange that people are accusing this style in particular of being uncomfortable because of its style. The cage heel itself would only be uncomfortable for its height - slightly lower, and it would be no different from a stacked heel, likely, and VASTLY more comfortable than a stiletto (which feels like its namesake ramming through my heel for the most part, "sexiness" aside - stilettos are the real torture...).
The fuss seems to be over that they're called cage heels and the apparent discomfort they seem to be causing the feet of the models. Others have already pointed out that many of the models aren't wearing the proper size, which is probably part of why they look so uncomfortable. Personally, I find the look sexy, and the touch of bondage makes them sexy, like bondage inspired garments. I don't find them inherently sexist anymore than I find S/M or corsetry inherently sexist.
There's also, aside from the heel, very little difference between these shoes and gladiator sandals, or any variety of skinny strapped sandals. In fact, these look like they might offer MORE support than the sandals I've seen with stiletto heels and tiny single straps of leather.
I dunno. I think people are taking their visceral reactions to the idea of a cage for the foot and its striking imagery that they're ignoring the ways it's not much different from most women's shoes.
I like it. I think they look like gladiator sandals, but more intense and futuristic. A slightly lower heel and I'd wear them until my feet broke the cages.


YAY YAY YAY YAY. I am swooning.


LOOOVE them!

And I too have wondered why models, celebs, whomever insist on wearing shoes that are too small. It looks awful!


"How come Tilda Swinton gets a pass on the black nail polish. Amy Adams just took a beating for the exact same thing."

Because Tilda Swinton is a space alien and can do anything she damn well wants. I proudly wear her mind-altering alien implant! However, no Earth woman should ever be forced to wear painful shoes in order to be considered attractive. I say this in a calm, non-shrill, comfy-footed manner.


In addition to questioning the actual attractiveness of this style (which may be less after the initial oh, gee, wow phase), I'd worry about safety.

Imagine walking around a city and getting THIS heel caught in one of those endless grates over parts of streets? With a regular heel, you just put a dent in it or strip off a bit -- something the shoe repair guy can fix.

Here, if you catch this thing on the edge of a grate, metal construction cover, etc., it could actually become hooked. You could badly twist your ankle or knees, go down hard, and break a leg in three places because your foot couldn't come loose while you were crashing to the ground.

I'd much rather be wearing a heel that would just break off.


Very difficult to wear.

Regular heels, peep toes, and shoes with cutouts still hide a multiple of sins. These expose every little imperfection, dry crack, blister, etc.

Not to mention the huge crop of blisters you'd have after wearing them.


Ugly. I absolutely adore shoes, and am all for some new and crazy creations but the bottom line to these ultimate accessories is that they have to make your feet (and therefore, by extension, you!) look gorgeous. & these clumpy cages just don't. Nay.


path said
4/18/09 10:32 AM

Good lord. Shoes are only a prison if all your selections match the crazy, and yes, I admit, some of unwearable qualities of this particular style. I got my flats, girl, most of which hold my orthotics. But I know how to have a little fun once in awhile. Lighten up. Personally, I don't see the fun in wearing painful shoes, neither have I ever seen the wow, the beauty or the fun in any high heels. Watching girls in high heels just makes me cringe.


I heard the inspiration was from the Eiffel tower. I think they are really innovative.


I think I love them- the heel at least. I am not sure about some of the shoe-tops, which don't look fun though some are beautiful. I adore the heel itself though.


OK. Why people who don't appreciate fashion as just fashion, as art, or some form of entertainment are reading this blog in the first place boggles the mind.

But hey, I want TLo to be as successful as possible, so with that in mind, I say fill the heels with peanut butter, and the hell with it.


another laura

Sorry if I'm being repetitive, I don't want to read all 125 prior responders, but all I can think of is...

Ouch.


Hated until I saw SWINTON in them - and then they became amazingly fab.


Path- I recognize that this is a light-hearted blog about fashion & reality television.

But, where ELSE are we to vent our opinions about impractical, crippling shoes? 'Serious' blogs generally don't discuss the topic.

Clothing, handbags, hairstyles, and makeup ARE pure frivolity. Shoes, on the other hand, serve a serious function to which all "artistic" conceits should defer.


Love them very much.


Aren't some of you folks overreacting a bit? It's not a chastity belt. It's a pair of shoes.


Final row of photos...the shoe on the left...baby "toe" is making me cringe. I am not a foot person - we should all have to go around in knee high galoshes.


Fabulous!


sandals, yeah. booties, noooooooo.


They're just dumb.


Nah, I don't like them, but I agree with others here that it would be fine if the "caged" part were just the heel. Like this, they're ugly to me.
That said, I think Tilda pulls them off, probably more than anyone else could.


The heel part... love. Now, if the rest of the shoe were in, say, black patent leather, they would be a major WIN!


I look at those, and I gotta say...I'd be compelled to stick stuff in 'em. Like shiney marbles. Or small mammals. Subway tokens...


Bingo cages, small animal exercise areas, incredibly chic small trash receptacles...excellent ideas, I think, they are all funny as hell.
Giovanna, a real person, wears them as the shoes they were intended to be. (albeit a slightly different model.)
Check out April 15th's post.
http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/

She has effortless style and rocks them better than Swinton.


"I would like them with an ever so slightly lower heel. If the heel were say 2.5 inches, they would be low enough to walk in and look fantastic.

I think any shoe looks great with 4 inch heels - if a designer can make a shoe with a 2 to 2.5 inch heel that is real talent, and we could walk! What does this blog think - would they sell?"

Oh, I would love that. I'm freaking 5'11" and I am tired of the 5" heels. I'd wear them on the runway, but they just don't work in real life. I get enough people looking at me like I'm a freakshow WITHOUT heels on, thanks.

As for the topic at hand, while entirely impractical, I kind of love these. They look so uncomfortable, and there is no way you could wear them in a sunny place due to not only sunburn problems, but depending on the specific heat capacity of whatever metal they're using for those shoes, they could get dangerously hot in the sun (unless they're a weird alloy or something).

...okay, sorry to nerd out on everyone there.


I wonder how the "boot" style opens-- discreet zipper?

As for the sandal style-- if the painful heel & grid upper aren't insult enough, the whole thing is expected to stay on by means of a ribbon, tied at the ankle? Ha ha, that's rich.


I want those black pumps! They'd be appropriate for an architect, don't you think?


They are amazing. I love everything about them! The black boots rock!





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