Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Shape of Things

Doing some important spring research last night, I determined two trends: a cork wedge heel (which I will pass on) and the influence of super edgy, very expensive designers on moderately priced ones.

Take this unusual sandal bootie by Chie Mihara, for instance. Chie has always been experimental with shapes, but in this silhouette I see some Martin Margiela with a healthy dose of Japanese sandal.

I studied this bootie for a while, trying to decide whether I liked it, but really wanted to see it on a foot.

Then I discovered Tobi, an online boutique that offers a very useful service: it shows many of its shoes on real feet!

So here is the Chie Mihara as worn by a real person. (The Velcro closure is annoying me; wish the strap across the foot was a solid piece of leather. Also: wish the feet wouldn’t pose so much.)

In other news, super edgy designers are living up to their hype. I like this asymmetrical sandal by Martin Margiela.

And this criss-crossy sandal by Guiseppe Zanotti could be great with shorts, though the wooden heel gives me pause.

(There are lots of wooden heels this spring, too.) Here’s a silhouette I like from Belle by Sigerson Morrison, but, again, the wooden heel? (And the posing feet. Although these *are* more relaxed.)

But I’m intrigued by the shape of things to come.


WendyB said...

I love the Japanese sandal look.

Thumbelina Fashionista said...

Very cool. I want to buy some edgy sandals too, but I have such a hard time finding ones with reasonable heel heights. These are low, for sure, and interesting, but none of them are for me. The first one is too sexy for the classroom, don't you think?

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Sal said...

I never thought I'd dig those Chie Miharas, but you're right: It's a whole different ballgame when you see them on an actual foot!

Mary-Laure said...

I'm not crazy about the top sandal (a bit S&M, no?) but as usual I adore everything by Margiela. I have a dress (black crepe) and a pair of pants by him that I've been wearing for years.

miss cavendish said...

Oh dear--S&M is not the look I usually go for, but I do see Mary-Laure's point!

If I were to wear those to class, Thumbelina, I'd pick an upper-level gender studies class, and wear them with cropped black pants and something wrappy on top. But these shoe/booties are definitely not for a first-year student class, IMO.

Imelda Matt - The Despotic Queen of Shoes said...

The wooden heel may have given you 'pause' but I'm clutching my pearls'.