Chains are clearly the “it” accoutrement for your lower appendages. We already told you about chain leggings, but these pumps, from Chain Shoes duo Tove Jansson and Per Emanuelsson, up the ante. Their design recently won the 2009 Shoemania design competition; they’re rather unwearable, but what pair of 7-inch platforms really is? After the jump, Chain Shoes’ rusty chain loafers for dudes. They look heavy but a little more foot-friendly. [via Trendhunter] Keep reading »
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Apparently, it was possible. File these under “Not something your should ever buy or wear” (unless you’re an angsty teenager on October 31st). I guess the “Skelly” combat boot is what happens when you leave the folks over at Doc Martens alone in a room with a pair of boots and a jar of glow-in-the-dark paint. I have no more words, really. [Trendhunter] Keep reading »
What if it was for a really good cause? Forget your dainty stilettos, satin-covered pumps or even blue suede shoes, because if TOMS founder (and super hottie) Blake Mycoskie has his way, the shoe of choice for blushing brides will be a pair of canvas slip-ons. The charitable company, which donates shoes to needy children with every purchase, is encouraging brides and grooms to outfit their entire party with their footwear, and they’re sweetening the deal by offering a group discount. Interested brides and singles alike should check out the special page they’ve created for details. Honestly, it shouldn’t even take that much convincing. Anything besides making people wear Crocs for your wedding (remember that trend?) is fine by us. Plus, think of all the good karma your marriage will reap! [Racked] Keep reading »
Despite all the outlandishly high heels designers like Rodarte, Nina Ricci, and John Galliano put on the runway for fall, The Times has declared heels dead. As proof of this trend, the paper cites a survey from department store Selfridges that reports a 20 percent increase in sales of flat shoes and the story of a company that banned high heels for health reasons. Even though a few other New York designers favored flats for fall, we’re not so sure we agree heels are dead per se, especially because I’d like to get out of these flat sandals I’ve been wearing for months.
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Talk about a test-drive. Recent fashion seasons have seen some of the highest heels on record, from Nina Ricci’s heel-less high-heels to Rodarte’s towering Frankenstein boots. They may be beautiful, but can real women walk to work in the seven-inch stilettos that sent some supermodels spilling on the runways? The ladies at New York‘s style blog, The Cut, pulled together some of the craziest footwear and found out what happens when you try and sashay down the street in them. “They’re incredibly uncomfortable,” one good sport reports. And as for those Nina Ricci heels? Forget about it — unless you like walking on your tiptoes. [The Cut] Keep reading »
Kenneth Cole is stepping into the future (ha) with technologically advanced shoes that apparently make four-inch heels tolerable—hell, comfortable, even! [Anyone else having an Easy Spirit flashback here? -- Editor] Four years in the making, these new high heels won’t leave you limping home after you’ve worn them all day. You can commute in them (hooray, no more pantyhose/white tennis shoes combos!), and as this video proves, you can also run around the hills of Central Park in ‘em. (Vid disclaimer: Unless you don’t mind multiple super-close camera shots of a blister-y foot, skip it, trust us!) Word is they’re made with foot-molding foam, have loads of arch support and offer legit shock absorption. My one and only plea to Kenneth, though—can you make some without the silver heel? I’m not blasting off to take a stroll around the moon in them anytime soon. [ABC News]
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Pump genius Charles Jourdan was a leader in the shoe biz — reaching cult status in the ’60s and ’70s — until the company slowly suffered from bankruptcy and fell off the map (despite attempts by the Hilton family to revive the label). Now, thanks to Alexandra Neel, best known for her design work with Celine and Balenciaga, Jourdan will make a comeback through a seriously hotly anticipated new collection set to come out in the fall.
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Here on the East Coast, we’ve been experiencing a bit of a bummer summer: rain when you least expect it and, well, more rain. And when it’s hot and pouring, the last thing we want to do is stick our feet into stuffy Wellies, not to mention lug them to work. Enter the City Slipper by SWIMS, a silicon cover made to fit high heels. Made for days like today (beautiful, sunny morning; torrential afternoon), the galoshes can fit almost any pair of pumps, and even have soles made to handle wet weather (as a touch of added cuteness, the bottoms are imprinted with maps of international cities). For the ladies who prefer flat soles, there’s also an adorable ballerina model that comes in a bunch of colors including a girly bubble gum pink or a classic yellow. You might just start praying for rain. But please don’t. On the other hand, while these are kind of genius in some ways, are they too ugly (not to mention far too expensive) to wear, even when it’s pouring out? [$88.38 and up, Swimstore.com]
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Remember when Zappos.com was just a cute little website where you could get amazing deals on shoes? Well, today our fave place to score heels and flats alike is a multi-million dollar company that has attracted the attention of Amazon. In fact, the online giant has scooped up the company for almost one billion dollars. (We made the same face too!) The purchase was announced earlier this month and will be fully completed in the fall. Despite the major news, don’t expect any dramatic changes. Tony Hsieh, Zappos’ CEO, recently sent out a video promising, “We plan to continue to run Zappos the way we have always run Zappos.” If that means continued great selection, amazing customer service and an uber-generous return policy, then the deal is A-OK by us. But we’ll be paying close attention. [Tech Crunch] Keep reading »