Trend Alert! Ugly Shoes

Manolo Blahnik recently said if he was queen for a day and he could ban any trend right now it would be platforms. As one of the most successful and worshiped shoe designers he would know. But I can’t help but despair because I adore the ugly shoe.

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Arguably there are some outlandishly ugly shoes at the moment but they have so much to offer. Designers such as Stella McCartney, Jill Sander, Sandro, Miu Miu, Prada and Celine have shown us from the catwalk how it’s done. Yes I am aware that we are not all 6ft tall lampposts but in terms of practicality it seems like a savior has spoken.

 

I have fallen victim to the unimaginable and am head over heels for what I can only describe as my new venture into orthopedic heaven. The transition from high heels to the safer option of a clunky unfeminine shoe has been a decision I have not regretted despite some abuse from my fellow peers.

Stella Faux Leather

Admittedly I detested and was very critical of the over powering clunky, less than pretty shoes until I bought my first pair of creepers pre summer followed by my mannish stable biker ankle boots which offer more than enough stability circa wine o clock.

 

Teamed with tailored cigarette pants, jeans, shorts or feminine dress they add the chic boyish vibe we all crave this Autumn. Paired with an oversized coat they offer the height needed to carry it off, especially if you’re the size of a garden gnome like myself. From creepers, to thick brogues and platform styles this will add shape to many of this season’s attires and provide the androgynous feel similar to the runway.

 

Celebrities such as Alexa Chung and Chloe Sevigny opt sometimes to combine socks with their multiple varieties of the shoe. We’ve had it engrained in out heads with our moral fashion compass it is a no go but these girls demonstrate quite the opposite. The sock shoe combo is actually very manageable and quite chic. We applaud girls who manage this look while still covering up the ugly feet panic or dreaded toe cleavage.

 

Aside from helping out the vertically challenged they offer huge comfort while adding length to the leg so you can still remain hot property. These shoes are reminiscent of the 60’s and early 90’s the edgy cool kids choice was usually a platform that spoke for itself in a rebellious bid to turn heads. The cycle of fashion moves backwards as much as forward it would seem.

 

If you’re one of the lucky minority who can splash the cash on a pair of Miu Miu’s or Stella’s faux leather stabilizers for £685, lucky you! For the rest of us who don’t have time for piggy bank collecting, don’t fret as the high street is our answer. Topshop has various colors and styles so you don’t have to repent for you’re out of season kicks.

 

When Pheobe Philo revealed her new collection of quite unattractive shoes in 2011 some critics almost thought she was joking while others lusted after her for the reinterpretation of the Birkenstock shoe (A fresh pedi is always necessary for an open toe even if it is a Birks). We now have also been introduced to Teva, Birks’ equallyugly relative which Philo spread all over her 2014 S/S catwalks.Celine

 

Ashley Olsen teamed her Birks with a dressed down shirt and jeans combo but then the nimble singer added her $35,000 backpack! Surely then all questions of wearing birks go out the window? It would seem the conventionally ugly shoe isn’t just for in doors or pottering around the garden.

 

These shoes offer something “cool” about the looking “uncool image”. They reek of nostalgia and even demand some attention. Is it too far fetched to think crocs could creep into our wardrobe next? “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months”, said Oscar Wilde of short lived mini trends.

 

From 90’s show Clueless, to pop princess Britney Spears and currently Nicki Manaj we’ve seen how it’s been demonstrated with so much variation and choice now it’s a matter of which one. How long is this trend here to stay for? That’s a difficult one to answer but if Philo is still putting them on her runways for Celine that’s a good enough sign. Simone Rocha opted for a thick pink shoe platform that looked effortlessly cool previously for her Respect Your Elders show, which went down a treat. Flashback Prada 2011 was ahead of the game with S/S “flatforms” so there has been signs for some time now.

 

Just remember you now have the advantage of availing of a comfortable shoe and no long term pain for your later years if you choose to let your feet be at peace this season. Lower chiropodist bills and descretley smaller corns while still looking fabulous. There just so bad there good! Haters goina hate!

 

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Simone Rocha Pink platform shoes

 

J.W Anderson

I was’nt quite so sure what to think of men in dresses but J.W Anderson does and maybe we should pay closer attention.

Over the past few year’s men’s runway looks have become increasingly feminine. From make up, floral prints, skinny jeans and platforms. But nothing we havn’t seen before in the 70’s 80’s and beyond but that aside if we take one major designer out of the spectrum of gender neutral fashion designers it’s a whole lot tamer.

I am now ready to embrace and understand the significance of it all. While in the past year many critics have voiced there surprisingly like for the designers collection at fashion week 2013 and 2014 it really has pushed the boundaries of social normality.

The enterprising fashion genius has made what would usually be classed as women’s clothing is for men, including ruffles, dresses and skirts knee high boots. The S/S 2013 collection was well received and branded a stroke of creative mastermind.

When his 2014 collection came it was different from the last with leathers or neoprene tunics in black white and beige hues and bow details. It seems obvious the young designer doesn’t find the boy/girl thing challenging.

 

S/S J.W dress, ruffles, boots

S/S J.W dress, ruffles, boots

In a recent interview with Fabien Constant Anderson he expressed clearly that he believes it only to be a big deal because we make it one  “were more backward than we’ve ever been”. He then goes on to defend his men’s dresses comparing them to the oversized rapper style t-shirt in relation to length so why is it unacceptable. He also explains he finds it confusing that a guy can be on a billboard in just underwear yet people make a bigger deal of his dresses for men. “Were uncomfortable with things we don’t understand” he said.

 

Andersons direction seems distinct he’s not willing to change it or let people make fun of it because he genuinely believes in breaking the traditions of gender coding and redefining the male image. And that is what he intends to continue doing.

For 2014 bows, mesh and halter tops

For 2014 bows, mesh and halter tops

 

Knightley united

Kiera Knightley is set to marry today in just a few hours according to sources. The well known British actress go engaged last year to James Righton after the pair were introduced by her good friend Alexa Chung. The wedding plans have been very hush hush over the last few months but it has become quite obvious that it will be in France today. The Mail Online has reported a large number of marquees have gone up in Mazan in the South of France.

First peep of what is thought to be the Marque in the South of France where the duo will marry

First peep of what is thought to be the Marque in the South of France where the duo will marry

The 28-year-old Pirates of The Caribbean star was photographed in a French airport greeting him as the affectionately showered each other with kisses while she looked relaxed and happy in a pair of dungarees. glasses and stripped top. After the to be couple hoped in a car with her mum and took off. They have apparently warned there guests to arrive separately and in small groups not to draw to much attention. The biggest question on everyones lips naturally is who shell be wearing.

EXCLUSIVE Keira Knightley greets her fiance at the airport

The Prime suspect at the moment is Chanel for many reasons.Rumors have circulated that the labels director and potentially fashions most powerful man will have custom Chanel made for the Hollywood star. She has been the face of Coco Mademoiselle fragrance in both a major ad commercial and several campaigns. The Atonement star has also had a long relationship wearing the brand for red carpet events. My money is on Chanel. A feast of celebrities will be wined and dined a all night undoubtedly.

Can’t wait for the photos of the nuptials to follow.

The very famous Chanel ad she featured in

The very famous Chanel ad she featured in

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Campaign

Gorgeous in Chanel

Gorgeous in Chanel

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Kiera and Karl will she wear CHANEL?

Kiera and Karl will she wear CHANEL?