When Martin Margiela’s sandal ankle boots first came to my attention last year, I just wasn’t that impressed. These are in clear contravention of the Fashion Police Law on boots-that-are-pretending-to-be-shoes, after all, and, having pledged to do my bit to uphold The Fashion Police law, I had to agree that they were just a bit odd. An impractical, in the same way that peep toe boots are impractical.
Then I started to see them on the feet of the stars, and they actually started to grow on me. Not enough to spend hundreds of pounds on them, of course, but enough for me to have noticed every time another high-street version of them has come out. Which has been a lot, let me tell you. In fact, I suspect these may be one of the most-copied designer shoes of the past couple of seasons, so I’ve used my x-ray vision to seek out just a few of those designer “inspired” versions. You’ll find them all under the jump…
Ash ‘Opium’ ankle zip sandals, £135, Office
Leather heeled cuff sandals, £64, ASOS
‘Bert’ sandals, $169.95, Steve Madden
Ash ‘Soho’ one band mid-heel booties, $212, Shopbop