August 20 2014

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The Shoe In: Sculpture Afoot At McQueen


I heard that dreaded kitten heels appeared earlier today at Louis Vuitton. But last night at Alexander McQueen, it was still cobbling to the extreme: sculptural shoes with ten-inch heels. The more hooflike ones reminded me slightly of Balenciaga’s intense platform from several seasons ago. I had actually tried those on, and they were quite secure until I tripped on the fashion closet floor and nearly broke my ankle. At McQueen, these were almost literally works of art, some sculpted to look like the fossils of ancient yet alien sea creatures. Others had a cool, old-school robotic thing happening with pieces of metal screwed together. They’re amazing to look at, but would you buy them to wear or display in your living room?

Photos: Don Ashby and Olivier Claisse



  1. flightofthedreamer says:

    My kinda fashion! Long live the statement shoe!

  2. jrseguin says:

    I’m pretty sure these are almost completely unwearable. they belong on a pedestal w/ spotlight in a museum.

  3. yvette281 says:

    unwearable? probably. But If I could get my hands on them, I would just HAVE to find a way to make it work. I hate boring shoes, these are the kind I dream about.

  4. shawanda says:

    Fantastic, fabulous, excellent. Especially love the more rounded, convex silhouette that reminds me of drawings or comics though I’m not sure why. Much better than the horrifying (for me) kitten heels and clogs seen at LV and Chanel this week.

  5. andrearuth says:

    i agree these shoes are museum pieces. beautiful and interesting. the only thing that makes these “shoes” is the fact that they have a strap and a heel. that said, i do think we’re getting close to a point where safety is an issue. i think these things would look ridiculous if someone actually tried to wear them in real life, and the chance of breaking an ankle is very real. also, i love kitten heels and am frankly glad to see something other than the same damn platform louboutins.

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