Seeing and not seeing the shoe

Seeing and not seeing the shoe

The first invisi-heels should really be attributed to United Nude and then Marc Jacobs did some for his surreal-glam SS08 collection.  But Gareth Pugh took them to the next level for his Wizard of Oz inspired AW08-9 collection and made them super-platformed with chunky buckles adding a metal skater-like support at the bottom.  I like the fact that there’s all this chunkiness that is seemingly floating in air only to be anchored down by a big wodge of metal.  It’s all strangely attractive to me in ways I can’t quite articulate.  I’m not sure who collaborated with him on the shoes but I do hope they go into production just so I can experience the pleasure/pain of walking in these or at least figure out what is the magic behind keeping a person upright. 



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  1. theresa

    2008-02-18 at 3:34 PM

    susie, i must tell you that i’ve been reading this blog, which i stumbled upon just randomly, since late october. i find that i keep coming back not because we have the same fashion tastes, in fact they are quite different, but because you seem to be fearless. thanks for inspiring this U.S. small town girl to not dress so small town.

  2. bigglassesgirl

    2008-02-18 at 3:53 PM

    Those boggle the mind. Is the bottom metal at an angle to the ground, not even sitting parallel to it? Better start those core-stability exercises for preparation in case the shoes are produced and we can try them on.

  3. Jen

    2008-02-18 at 4:01 PM

    You know, they’ve been around a lot longer. Manolo the shoe blogger found an image from a 1950s space-fiction cover with them on it.

  4. Sophia

    2008-02-18 at 4:24 PM

    Its Nicholas Kirkwood shoes
    I would love a pair of these shoes as well….but im a totally broke student….need a job…gonna have to selling my things on ebay!!

  5. Melissa

    2008-02-18 at 4:57 PM

    These shoes must be like a game you play with yourself–fun!

  6. alicepleasance

    2008-02-18 at 5:59 PM

    Walking around with high heels it’s a pain for me and looking at this kind of shoes I wonder how I could feel walking around with missing heels… 😉

  7. cate

    2008-02-18 at 6:36 PM

    DO these shoes have heels? i can’t see them!

  8. headmistress

    2008-02-18 at 6:42 PM

    my fave sentence is this: ‘just so I can experience the pleasure/pain of walking in these or at least figure out what is the magic behind keeping a person upright.’
    Pleasure/pain.. that sounds about right… gosh, they look so fantastic! I so so want these, even if I can’t move an inch in them!

  9. Biba

    2008-02-18 at 7:09 PM

    Aren’t this shoes just like Marc Jacobs? I think they are terribly ugly.

  10. lady coveted

    2008-02-18 at 7:15 PM

    i actually like them… and rather covet them…

  11. emily

    2008-02-18 at 7:23 PM

    i rather like these! it’s like some sort of rollerblade-clog fusion… the plastic buckles and the clog shaped shoe. absolutely fascinating!

  12. decadentdiamond

    2008-02-18 at 7:30 PM

    I have some shoes in a similar style, but not so much of a platform and they are the comfiest shoes you’ll ever walk in. They don’t look it, but they are!
    They’re by Irregular Choice.

  13. Anonymous

    2008-02-18 at 7:32 PM

    oh my god! goths on patrol! theyre gorgeous! the notion of walking in them seems slightly impossible with a hefty pain/pleasure ratio, but i liken it to chinese foot binding- excruciating but there something endearing about girls fragilely tripping along in painful shoes that makes their appearance even more feminine.. if that makes sense?
    lets pray victorias secret produce some rip offs like with the balenciagas 😉

  14. Angie Montreal

    2008-02-18 at 7:58 PM

    Methinks there is some serious physics style math going on with the design of those shoes!

  15. WendyB

    2008-02-18 at 8:20 PM

    These do nothing for me. To me, some of these shoes fall into the category of “gay men seeing what kinds of crazy shizz they can get women to agree to.”

  16. Laura

    2008-02-18 at 8:46 PM

    i guess Antonio Berardi was the first one who used the no-heel platform shoes…it was last year…and i’m sure about it

  17. susie_bubble

    2008-02-18 at 8:50 PM

    Ah – I should have known it would be Kirkwood!
    Love the divided opinion on these…
    Forgot to say that Antonio Berardi has also done the oddest looking heeless shoe…with no support at the bottom at all…. there must be some sort of science to it…

  18. martine

    2008-02-18 at 9:49 PM

    You might be interested in the Dutch shoe designer Jan Jansen. He already used the floating heels in the eighties!

  19. the launderette

    2008-02-18 at 10:06 PM

    got any video of people walking in them? i’m confused!

  20. Winnie

    2008-02-18 at 10:17 PM

    These shoes just look bizarre. I want to try a pair on!

  21. Fashion Tidbits

    2008-02-19 at 12:57 AM

    but HOW do you WALK in these???

  22. enc

    2008-02-19 at 2:55 AM

    Just what I was thinking‚ÄîI’d like to see what it’s like to try to walk in them. They’re very surreal.

  23. rollergirl

    2008-02-19 at 12:48 PM

    They’re damn ugly but that’s what fashion’s about at the mo, the ugly shoe! Although I’d never wear them it’s good to see designers pushing the envelope.

  24. joanna goddard

    2008-02-19 at 3:14 PM

    wow, crazy. they are definitely pretty hideous.

  25. Libertygirl

    2008-02-19 at 6:55 PM

    Don’t forget Manolo! He did this kind of heel in 2006. In fact there’s a pair in The Met’s Costume Institute colletion. LLG xx

  26. Zoek

    2008-02-19 at 9:01 PM

    I thought I recognised those buckles,
    they have a sort of practicality and
    chunkiness that makes them appeal to me.
    They use those buckles as the adjustor
    clips for boots in ice skating rinks :]

  27. Anonymous

    2008-02-25 at 2:07 PM

    how have you people not seen the ones by poste mistress? they’ve been around for aaaaaages

  28. susie_bubble

    2008-02-25 at 2:10 PM

    I believe those Poste Mistress ones are by United Nude…which I mentioned…

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