We’re going to have to say yes. Sure reigning champs like Manolo and Jimmy aren’t about to be knocked off their thrones anytime soon, but Parisian Raphael Young is poised to give them a run for their money (heh). Young is a Korean born, French-raised designer who’s already gaining a cult following among fashionistas, especially in Europe and Asia. Like say, Christian Louboutin, his shoes designs are pure fantasy meets reality (as in, they’re totally wearable works of art), and he’s known for incorporating a mix of luxurious materials–like crocodile and patent leather–to create shoes that are stunningly sexy. But Young’s shoes go a step further (can’t resist!) by featuring whimsical, unexpected details like metal coils or curved wood pegs as heels. His shoes recently became available stateside at a handful of boutiques in NYC (Seven and Eva), but with an established name abroad and a rising profile in America, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing Young everywhere. Check out more designs on his site. [Raphael Young] Keep reading »
In the hopes of avoiding lawsuits and the wrath of women everywhere, Charles David just recalled 3,200 pairs of shoes for potentially faulty heels. And thank god, because we’ve all been there: You’re walking down the street, stairs, whatever, in your heels and feeling kind of like the s**t when all of a sudden one of those bad boys snaps right off and swaggering turns quickly into stumbling with a side of crashing and burning. Rarely do we see it coming, it’s pretty much always horrifying, and sometimes you even get a sprained ankle as an added bonus. In short, few things are more sartorially infuriating than a broken heel. [WWD]
But as some famous guy somewhere must have once said, it’s not the tragedy so much as how you deal with it that speaks volumes about you as a person. We think the best way to handle the ruined shoe, street-dirtied outfit and shame combo is to laugh it off like a pro and totter back home for a change of footwear. But we’ve heard from a few victims of the heel horror who dealt with it a little differently. True tales of mortification and redemption after the jump, (and feel free to share your own in the comments)!
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Some things on the internet just don’t make sense. This man is the perfect example. Why is he wearing women’s shoes, and what made him pose for these pictures of him doing so? We’ll never know. All we can do is scratch our head… and laugh. [SadAndUseless.com] Keep reading »
So, is it fierce enough for you? Christian Siriano of “Project Runway” fame is continuing his collaboration with Payless Shoes. If you remember, the budget shoe company sponsored Siriano’s spike studded footwear for his fashion show during New York Fashion Week back in February. His runway shoes have inspired his Fall 2009 collection for Payless which will be in stores this August and retail between $30 and $50. Egyptian hieroglyphics are a strong inspiration for the collection which will feature metallic fabrics, chain metal details, and teals and turquoise tones reminiscent of the Nile. Like the designer himself, the shoes sound a bit dramatic — but I think they are actually cute. This teal “Slither” bootie is one of several styles in the range and will retail for $49.99. What do you think? Ferosh or hot tranny mess? Keep reading »
These shoes look creepily like gloves for your feet. They are called Vibram FiveFingers (which sounds more like the name of a vibrator) and are designed to make you feel like you’re walking barefoot. Also, they cost over $150. Expensive shoes should accentuate your calves and butt, not your toes. [Vibram FiveFingers] Keep reading »
We normally put away our boots in favor of flip-flops and sandals when summer comes, but ankle boots have made their presence known on red carpets of late, and we’re trying to decide whether we should keep our feet ensconced in leather for the next few months.
“There are certain women who are just over wearing dresses with delicate shoes,” designer Alexander Wang told The New York Times. “They enjoy the irony of pairing something heavy with something short and sexy.” Keep reading »
We were excited (and a bit jealous) about 17-year-old fashion blogger Jane Aldridge’s Urban Outfitters shoe collaboration. Now the pictures are out and we’re just bored. So bored. Keep reading »
Designer collaborations these days are a dime a dozen, but here’s one you might actually purchase: luxe shoe label Jimmy Choo will be coming out with a collection for H&M in November. In the lineup are women’s shoes, bags, and also clothing (interesting! Hopefully it won’t be a literal interpretation that includes bedazzled leopard jackets or something). Choo will also create a line of men’s shoes, accessories, and bags (murses!). We’ll be interested to see how this project turns out; H&M’s past collaborations have relied more on celebrity (Madonna, Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue), and less on luxury, and the results haven’t always lived up. If Jimmy Choo manages to produce a lust-worthy line, it might mean that you’ll be able to actually afford a pair of pumps that are hot, but don’t look like knockoffs. [LA Times] Keep reading »
This bag was made for walking. Voilà the heel-bag by Azumi & David. The question is, what shoes do you wear? How are they supposed to compete with that? [High Snobette] Keep reading »
I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why someone decided to design these shoes. From what I gather, they were created in Russia for the manliest of men. I bet any man caught wearing these would have a hard time getting his manness off (if you know what I mean). [Imelda via Fashion Indie] Keep reading »