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Okay, this is the weirdest, most uncomfortable-looking, yet strangely compelling pair of shoes I've ever seen.

They're like M.C. Escher shoes.

These, on the other hand, are gorgeous. They're not the first shoes I want on my wish list (that would be omg these), but they're on my wish list.

I love shoes.  I have far too many pairs, and even though I gave up a bunch when we moved, there are lots that I simply can't part with, because they're freaking works of art.  I get so many compliments on my shoes, you have no idea.  And I get most of them from DSW or the thrift (my favourite was a pair of Etienne Aignier Victorian-style ankle boots from the '80s), and they're all comfortable (or I totally wouldn't wear them).

I'm just very lucky at finding awesome shoes.  And while the first pair I linked to are amazing as far as artistic design goes, you wouldn't catch me in them, because I'd kill myself.


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Oct. 27th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Oh, totally. They're absolutely fetish shoes, as are a number of the shoes from that designer.

Or pole dancing... There do seem to be several styles that fit that job...
Oct. 27th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
The first pair remind me of Lotus Shoes (without the foot binding)

I would totally wear those velvet boots.
Oct. 27th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Aren't the boots gorgeous? I want them so bad for my Victorian costumes.
Oct. 27th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Hee's a link where you can get the strappy boots for less:


No connection to the seller, just that the boots are on my want list as well...
Oct. 27th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, awesome!

(for some reason, LJ flagged you as spam. I unspammed you.)
Oct. 27th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine has those boots, and I got to try them on (while she tried on my Steve Madden tango-like shoes). They were actually surprisingly comfortable.
Oct. 27th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh I love Steve Madden! Those and Nine West are so comfortable, and they had a number of gorgeous retro styles a couple of years ago, so I stocked up. I dread the day they finally wear out.
Oct. 27th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
Another brand I have found at DSW that I love is Born. I have my Born Mary Janes and two pairs of Born boots that I adore. And unlike Fluevogs, they are on eBay used for a very reasonable price (new, they are almost pricey as Fluevogs, so I just keep haunting eBay for someone who wants to get rid of some gently used ones).
Oct. 27th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
Ok I want those boots with the multiple button straps....SO BAD!!
Oct. 27th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Okay, I *have to* know what keywords you were using that found the first pair of shoes there... ::arched eyebrow::
Oct. 27th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
shoes, Mary Janes. I swear! :)
Oct. 27th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
The current objects of my shoe lust
Oct. 27th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
their a little chunkier than the shoes you've linked to, but I highly recommend anything by the El Naturalista company. They are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn.
Oct. 27th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
I have lots of female friends who adore shoes, and I wish I could get into that, but I still view shoes as an impossible chore to buy - every shoe a possible torment to my feet. It's why when I do find a pair that is both comfortable and stylish, I wear them to tiny bitty bits.

How do women walk in heels? All the cute shoes have heels and I have never learned how to do it! There must be some trick I'm missing because a modest 2-inch mary jane leaves me hobbling and crying after two hours, but I see ladies walk by all day in vicious high heels without apparent pain!
Oct. 27th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
It's partially practice, and partially finding the absolute right shoes for your feet, and partially having the kind of feet that can take heels. If you have flat or high arches, heels are not your friend.

I "perform" femininity to a high degree, and always have (it was a compensatory device for thinking I was ugly), so I got into heels very early. I can run in them, dance in them, and stay all day in them (I once walked all over the historic district in Philadelphia in a lovely pair of heels because I was under the impression I was meeting my brother for lunch, not lunch and a tour!), but not everyone can, or should. I counteract the achilles heel shortening by spending most of my time barefoot.
Oct. 31st, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
I adore cute shoes, but alas they do not reciprocate. However it is much easier to cycle in daft shoes than it is to walk in them ... my strategy is to bike to the party and sit on a couch and make nice young men bring me drinks :-p (minimising the actual walking-in-heels I have to do).
Oct. 27th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
I am a shoe lover, but my main weakness is boots. I bought myself a pair of Fluevog Mini Lovers off of eBay about a year ago. I LOVE them so much. I REALLY want the Babycakes, but they will not fit my calves.

Are they not nifty?

Oct. 27th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Yum! :)

I can't justify Fluevogs; I buy all my shoes discounted. However, I haunt the thrifts, hoping for something to turn up! I've found really good designer stuff that way; it's just a matter of being there on the right day. And patience. :)
Oct. 27th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Well, that's kind of how I got my Fluevogs; someone was selling them on eBay for half the price of them new. Still pricey for shoes, for me, but much cheaper than new.

Thrift stores by me usually get in very good clothes, but not shoes. More's the pity.
Oct. 27th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
OMG! Barbie shoes! I wants!!!!
Oct. 27th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
I also love shoes for their capacity to be art! Plus you can take a blah or neutral outfit and add a bunch of spice without going over the top REALLY easily. Shoes are the best accessory since hats went out of fashion.
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