Buttons. Embroidery. That gold heel. The pale satin upper. There’s a whole lot going on with these shoes, and honestly, I’m not quite sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. One thing I will say is that the overall effect is very ‘Prada’ (if there was any doubt about that fact, the brand name is right there in the middle of the giant green button…): I think the main issue I’d have with these is that they’re what I tend to think of as “runway shoes” – i.e. they’d look amazing on the catwalk, where all of the clothes follow a similar kind of aesthetic, and are perfectly styled to work with each other, and with the shoes. They might just prove to be a little more challenging out of that context, though, and in a “regular” wardrobe: I have no idea how I’d even begin to style something like this, for instance (And, because I’m unashamedly basic, I find myself wishing they’d skipped the black elastic and green button and just left us with the beautiful pump underneath: I accept that’s not very fashion-forward of me, though, and that’s why I’m not part of Prada’s target audience…), although, as I always say, that’s exactly the kind of challenge I relish!
It could be a whole lot worse, too. These, for instance, are also part of the current Prada collection:
I think I’m just going to have to accept that I’m never, ever going to understand the fashion world’s ongoing obsession with footwear that looks like this, and which I can’t imagine wearing outside of a Halloween costume. With that said, I’ve yet to actually see someone wearing this kind of look in “real” life, which makes me wonder who on earth is actually buying them. Any ideas?