Celebrity Shoes: Hilary Swank in Tory Burch ‘Tarlen’ rope wedges

As much as I love the bright yellow Tory Burch dress Hilary Swank is wearing in this photo, I have to admit that my eyes went right to her shoes:

These shoes are also by Tory Burch, and are the ‘Tarlen’ rope wedges. I’m not quite sure what to make of them, to be honest. I always appreciate a shoe that’s a little different from all the rest, and these definitely fall into that category: the rope also gives them a vaguely nautical feel, which is almost always guaranteed to win my affection. But, I don’t know, there’s something standing in the way of my unreserved love for them, and no, it’s not the $295 price tag. (Although that too, obviously.)

What do you think of these?

Tory Burch ‘Tarlen’ rope wedges, $295: Click here to buy them.


  • I think they might look better (and less sore-inducing) if the straps wouldn’t look like plain package rope. Ouch. Also, a German saying came to mind, which I’ll try to translate (I didn’t find a real translation but you’re more than welcome to shoot one my way! :-D)… “Art” comes from “ability” not from “wanting” or else it would be “Wart”… 😉

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  • To me the rope in this case doesn’t look nautical, but as if the wearer was marooned in the wilderness and had to manufacture makeshift shoes from the flotsam she found…

  • I don’t have much of an opinion on the shoes, they are rather “meh” for me. But they do NOT go with that dress which needs something more delicate. But from ankles up Hilary looks gorgeous!

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