Yea or Nay: Jason Wu for Melissa

Posted on July 05, 2011

Jason Wu is the latest designer to discover that life in plastic, it’s fantastic. Following in the footsteps (pun unintended) of Gareth Pugh, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul Gaultier, Wu collaborated with Brazilian shoe manufacturer, Melissa, to give his spin on their classic, and plastic, styles. Melissa brand shoes are made with synthetic materials like plastic and nylon instead of the traditional leather and suede.

 


WWD has the goods:

“It was really interesting for me to explore design possibilities with plastic,” said Wu. “I wanted to take advantage of the materials I was given, make it all completely functional and waterproof and yet still remain extremely sophisticated.”

“This collaboration wasn’t just about them adding an American designer,” Wu says. “It was an opportunity for me to expand in Brazil, which is such a fast-paced growing country. It’s a way for me to reach out to a new demographic.”

So, what do we think? Well, we don’t know about you, but we think they each have a beautiful line to them. We can’t speak to the whole plastic shoe thing, because we’ve never worn a pair in our lives. Do these hold up? Do you get sweaty in them? If you’re not a plastic shoe kinda gal, do these cause you to reconsider? We guess what we’re asking is:

 

YEA or NAY: Jason Wu’s spin on the classic, plastic Melissa shoe?


 

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  • http://twitter.com/Cakewalk_Queen Lauren Cooper

    They are gorgeous but the make your feet sweaty. Also, I don’t understand the tiny cut-out on the flats.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Maybe to vent them out so you don’t get so much sweat?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isabel-Christina/1036943389 Isabel Christina

        Shannon is right, but they look good even though seems weird i have 4 pairs of this model, is cute as hell.

  • http://twitter.com/katypegg Katy Pegg

    It’s a YAY from me

  • http://twitter.com/katypegg Katy Pegg

    It’s a YAY from me

  • Julie Woodson

    They’re pretty, but I can’t imagine them not putting blisters all over my feet. And they do make your feet sweaty! I had an otherwise fab pair of red plastic flats in the 80s that I could not remove in polite company. Ew.

  • Anonymous

    As plastic shoes go, these are a really cute way to go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

    cute but plastic?

  • Anonymous

    Eh. I can’t find myself with anything good to say about them.

    Therefore, Nay.

  • http://profiles.google.com/awilsongirl Amy Wilson

    The bottom pair looks like upscale Crocs. The top pair is pretty hot but no way do I want to suffer the blisters that plastic shoes would give me.

  • Anonymous

    YEA, based on looks alone. However, plastic shoes really do belong on Barbie. I imagine they would be horribly uncomfortable and make your feet sweat like mad. But today’s mood is playful, not practical, so they get a “yea” from me.

  • Anonymous

    YEA, based on looks alone. However, plastic shoes really do belong on Barbie. I imagine they would be horribly uncomfortable and make your feet sweat like mad. But today’s mood is playful, not practical, so they get a “yea” from me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isabel-Christina/1036943389 Isabel Christina

      Actually not, they are extremelly confortable, I wear everyday, they dont make your feet smell bad because they come with such good smell on them, dont sweat like that i live in brasil- tropical climate- and dont swear like that, also, melissa has 1000 more shoes to pick so give a look at the web site it will worth it!!!

  • Daisy James

    They look nice, but I don’t know if you can really take that much credit for the design when all you’ve done is add some new embellishments to the toes of shoes that have been in production for years. As for the sweatiness factor: Of course, but on the plus side they’re a lot harder to wreck than most materials, and the closed-toed styles can be handy for wet weather. But I would never drop any serious coin on something that’s made by injection molding.

    • http://twitter.com/kmc1138 Kathleen Coyle

      Word word word.  I would love to know the cost.  Paying high dollar for something hand crafted, durable and beautiful is something I can rationalize, but I imagine the mark up on these babies would make me throw up a little.

  • Daisy James

    They look nice, but I don’t know if you can really take that much credit for the design when all you’ve done is add some new embellishments to the toes of shoes that have been in production for years. As for the sweatiness factor: Of course, but on the plus side they’re a lot harder to wreck than most materials, and the closed-toed styles can be handy for wet weather. But I would never drop any serious coin on something that’s made by injection molding.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready

    I think they are hiddy. And look very cheap, like tupperware shoes.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready

    I think they are hiddy. And look very cheap, like tupperware shoes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isabel-Christina/1036943389 Isabel Christina

      They are not cheap, they are made with high technology and stuff, love them so much^^

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3ZXWYNARBQUTPRGM5IH6A7C3E Jennifer B

    I own a pair of these and they are amazingly – surprisingly – comfortable. Not all that sweaty, if you can believe it. I have a pair of the flats, though. No idea how the heels will work. When I saw this post, I immediately thought, “I should get more of those Melissa shoes. They’re great.” No joke. And I own 70+ pairs of shoes, so I do like me some footwear.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3ZXWYNARBQUTPRGM5IH6A7C3E Jennifer B

    I own a pair of these and they are amazingly – surprisingly – comfortable. Not all that sweaty, if you can believe it. I have a pair of the flats, though. No idea how the heels will work. When I saw this post, I immediately thought, “I should get more of those Melissa shoes. They’re great.” No joke. And I own 70+ pairs of shoes, so I do like me some footwear.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    They’re pretty but I feel like they would tear my heels to shreds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    They’re pretty but I feel like they would tear my heels to shreds.

  • MilaXX

    Mmmm, depending on how they are made these could be big with vegans. They’re pretty cute.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isabel-Christina/1036943389 Isabel Christina

      Besides, they last for a lifetime! I have plastic shoes from 2003 and they still look new:0

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Yea!  I want a pair of those black ones so badly! 

  • Anonymous

    I’ll give both pairs a solid “yea.” They’re fun and stylish. I could see pairing them with some cute summer looks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    Pretty. But I’ll never wear plastic again; no sweaty, blistered feet for this gal.

  • Anonymous

    they are pretty but there is no way I support the plastic shoe.  It just seems kind of gross.. sweaty. 

  • http://twitter.com/coheny Coelha

    YAY! I love Melissa shoes! I don’t know how, but I have several pairs and they smell fantastic for months! 

  • Anonymous

    They look pretty in pictures, but plastic shoes are awful to wear. They make your feet all sweaty and these look like blister city.

    I just can’t get with plastic shoes – they’re like Crocs 2.0.–GothamTomato

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isabel-Christina/1036943389 Isabel Christina

      No way! hahahah crocs are gross, well , another brands of plasic shoes, even fancy ones like gucci or another which tryed to make a trendy with plastic, dont have the technology that melissa plastic does, give a try, best thing ever.

  • Anonymous

    Will not ever do plastic shoes.  Just the thought of them makes my feet stink. more.

    And by that I mean NAY.

  • Anonymous

    I hate shoes with heel straps. They look slutty and cheap to me.

    • http://profiles.google.com/galalefey Gabriella Ripoll

      So you’ve discounted sling-backs as a whole, then? 

      • Anonymous

        Yes, completely. I just don’t see the appeal.

        • MilaXX

          I love a slingback and don’t find them slutty at all. Like most things it’s all in the styling.

          • Anonymous

            The slingback is the sexiest shoe ever.

          • AuntieAnonny

            I’d like to reply to this since the glitchy notification system decided to remind me of of it, I think my wording was way off, “slutty” was far too harsh for my opinionated fingers, and I regret saying it.

            However, I still think slingbacks are ugly and a little trashy.

  • Anonymous

    Nope.

  • Sara__B

    I appreciate the openings to let the steam to escape incorporated into the designs. Cute shoes for those of you with dry feet, but NAY for me.

  • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

    I have lemon-yellow plastic flats from J. Crew with removeable bows that I absolutely love. Yes, they make your feet a bit sweaty, but not sIgnificantly more than other flats without socks. (BTW, I put the front hole on the pink flats as ventilation…)

    I’ve never had a problem with blisters, and I like that you can essentially wash the whole shoe with soap and water when they get dirty.

    Still, would I pay more than $30 for them? Probably not.

  • Anonymous

    The black pair are cute, kind of like a more flexible patent leather.  I might consider wearing them with a closed toe, so that I could wear nylons to prevent blistering.

    The pink pair just look like expensive jellies.

    • Anonymous

      ew ew ew, Jellies!!

  • Barbara Bundy

    Setting aside the “sweaty and uncomfortable” issue, the embellishments look cheap and disproportionate. It looks like someone upsized some Barbie shoes.

  • http://profiles.google.com/galalefey Gabriella Ripoll

    I have a pair of the Vivienne Westwood ones – white heels with gold hearts on the toes. Um, they look exactly the same except for the liner and the bows (the Vivienne Westwood ones have hearts on the heels and candy colored bows on the flats). Is that all there is to this collab – changing the decoration? That said, I love the ones I have – they’re scented, which was too weird not to love.

  • Amanda Fg

    One thing about Melissa shoes – you can smell them from five blocks away. Seriously, I don’t know how they do it, but all their shoes have this amazing scent that never.fades.away. I bought a pair of red suede pumps two years ago and they still smell the same. Amazing.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I have a pair of the Melissa Vivienne Westwood Anglomania high heeled slingbacks.  They smell delightful!  I find them very comfortable and not hot or sweaty.  And I am speaking as someone who lived in Brazil in 1980 and survived stifling jelly sandals back then.

      • Anonymous

        P.S.  I’m not a vegan.  I’m whatever you call an omnivore of shoes.

  • http://twitter.com/TitaDanger Liseudis Ruiz

    If they were made on another material, like fabric or something, they would’ve been so much better. So it’s a NAY for this plastic shoes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isabel-Christina/1036943389 Isabel Christina

      The brand just have plastic shoes :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

    Nay.

  • Anonymous

    Even when they look okay, they don’t breathe at all so they make your feet sweat like nobody’s business, and they have zero flexibility or give, so if there’s one spot that gives you a blister, it will always give you a blister in the same spot.  There are synthetic materials for shoes that breathe and have a bit of stretch to them; this kind of plastic ain’t it.

    • Anonymous

      MT says it all.

    • Anonymous

      Not Melissa shoes! I own a pair of Melissa flats and the Anglomania platform sandals, and both lack the problems you mention. 

      (look at me advertising for melissa all over the place, hurgh, somebody kill me or cut me a check)

    • DottyMantooth

      Wait, have you actually tried these?  Because I have 2 pairs of the (Vivienne Westwood) slingbacks, and they’re actually phenomenally flexible.  They also have quite a bit of stretch.  I’m highly in favor of these!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isabel-Christina/1036943389 Isabel Christina

      They breathe thats why the peep toe and have lots of flexibility, well, i cant rebember the last time i had a blister and i wear them everyday:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614423102 Sara Nolan Collins

    Did you guys write the intro, or did Melissa’s PR person?

  • Anonymous

    cute but way to sweaty.  NAY

  • Anonymous

    Why bother mentioning the fact that they’re waterproof when they’re open-toed…? I don’t understand the point of these.

    However, I would totally be into designer rainboots. Something that really IS functional and fantastic. (And no, I don’t mean the ones that already exist, with the gagtastic prints and silly heels/wedges…bleh.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610791985 Aniela Marie Perry

    I have some Melissa Campana Zig Zag shoes in gold glitter that are Ahhhmazing. They’re very comfortable and well made and attract a lot of compliments. They’re meshy and breathe so I can’t speak for the shoes above, but the brand seems to be well made. I really want to get more of them.

  • Anonymous

    When I was about 10 years old the chemical company my dad worked for experimented with making shoes out of one of their products. My sister and I got to try out prototypes. I still remember how hot, sweaty, inflexible and just nasty they were even though the styles weren’t bad looking. These look collectible but not very wearable. Oh wait…that would describe quite a lot of high fashion “concept” clothing and acessories. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/sorana.tarmu Sorana Tarmu

    Even if it’s completely earth-friendly, it’s unbearable on the skin. Loud NAY.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t see how plastic could ever be earth-friendly.  What goes into making plastic, I think we don’t really want to know.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

    Nay.  Yes, they look cute, but no one over the age of 11 needs to be wearing jellies.

  • Anonymous

    um, YEA from someone who owns a regular pair of Melissas and a pair of VW Anglomania Melissas! These are not your dollar store jellies, they’ve got these amazing waterproof interiors that don’t corrode your feet. In the land of jellies, Melissas are supreme ruler—there’s a REASON they cost so much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    I’d like the first one if it wasn’t a sling back, and the second without those ridiculous cut outs.  Either way I’m not so sure about the plastic…

  • Anonymous

    I love Melissa shoes. I have two pairs (one by Vivienne Westwood) and I want these flats too. Seriously. Cute flats that work in the rain and look cute if it clears up? Amazing.

  • Lamenda Andersen

    Fancy Crocs….NAY!

  • Anonymous

    Nay! Nay! Nay! all the way. Pure Fugly

  • Anonymous

    All I can think of is that Croc seem like plastic to me and I hate those.

  • Anonymous

    I mean Crocs

  • http://twitter.com/purpleflamingo4 Natasha Ann

    YAY definitely!! But I could never wear plastic shoes….

  • http://twitter.com/purpleflamingo4 Natasha Ann

    YAY definitely!! But I could never wear plastic shoes….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Maguire/1286325876 Susan Maguire

    the pink ones look just like crocs…seriously…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Maguire/1286325876 Susan Maguire

    the pink ones look just like crocs…seriously…

  • Anonymous

    My feet got sweaty and blistered just looking at them. Also, if plastic shoes fit just right they make it sound like you are farting with every step you take, and voila – the shoe is not so cute after all!

  • http://twitter.com/Littlegrr Mary Nau

    Very pretty but do not look very wearable.

  • http://twitter.com/Littlegrr Mary Nau

    Very pretty but do not look very wearable.

  • Anonymous

    Very pretty to look at but plastic? No thanks. Sweaty, blistery, ouchiness.

  • Anonymous

    Nice designs, but my feet sweat just thinking about them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Sales-Leite/1230324422 Maria Sales Leite

    Well I´m brazilian so i´ve been wearing Melissa shoes my whole life, the old ones use to be a little uncomfortable in the summer but these new ones are very comfortable, in fact more so that many leather shoes…
    And they do smell really nice!!!! I think that every brazilian girl loves the smell of new mellissas!The thing is,  this new desiner colections are such a rip off, is the same model they been doing for ages only with a different bow or embellishment on the top! And they sell it for five times the price!!!! I can have one in each colour for that price!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    Seriously, plastic shoes? Talk about uncomfortable. Not only are they going to be sweaty and hot, they won’t give and stretch like leather does. They’re cute in a Barbie sort of way, for a… well, um… Barbie.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    i have some melissas {vwestwood} & they are pretty neat. they smell good too.

    these are fine enough but i could live forever w/o the etsy owls.

  • Anonymous

    so cute! maybe hot for summer  though

  • Anonymous

    Plastic shoes? Not no way, not no how.

  • Anonymous

    Plastic shoes? Not no way, not no how.

  • http://twitter.com/capt_shiny Mags

    They’re okay, but I hope they don’t catch on. You can take my leather and suede shoes when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers.

  • colleen zhu

    Dude, seriously, guys.  So much hate for plastic shoes – Melissas are NOT your run of the mill plastic shoes!  They’re slightly sweaty but not more than regular shoes.  And they’re way more comfy than a LOT of leather shoes I have.  Honest.  The rubber they’re made of is really soft and almost stretchy

    So give the rubber a chance and get off your leather high horse.  I did =D

    If you don’t like the styles – hey, your opinion, but if you do like the styles, give ‘em a chance! They’re awesommmmemem  I’m pretty sure Melissa fans should all be cut a check or get free shoes or something.

  • http://jamsntones.wordpress.com/ Willoughby Morgan

    I have a pair of the Jean Paul Gaultier ones and they’re exceptionally comfortable. The plastic doesn’t give me blisters at all.  These are cute.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.council Rachel Council

    They’re cute and all, but I have never worn a pair of plastic peep toes that were comfortable.

  • Anonymous

    They look cute but I’d have to say no. I’ve never tried plastic shoes but something about them makes me cringe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583505025 Kelley Comfort

    Love them! I own two pairs of Vivienne Westwood/Melissa colaborations and find them so comfortable! They stretch and move with your feet. Great for women with wide feet. Also awesome in countries that have rainy seasons. Will look for these shoes!

  • Anonymous

    They are cute, but I think they would be hard to walk in as they had to give/bend and they are making my feet sweat looking at them.

  • mcarlson

    I would wear the heels since they allow for more ventilation, but those flats. although cute, look like hot-foot city.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

    Plastic shoes = sweat and blister, they get stinky fast without proper maintenance. I’ve owned a few pairs in my life, but they’re always a “im only going to wear this outfit for the next three hours” kind of shoe, never something that’s going to be on my foot for an entire day. Now that I can afford more expensive shoes, I tend to avoid them like the plague.

  • Emily Arkin

    I have the Vivienne Westwood sky blue t-strap Mary Janes and love them. They remind me of the shoes from “Good Mornin’” in Singin’ in the Rain. The plastic is not too different from wearing “jellies”…wouldn’t want to wear them all the time but fun for an afternoon.

  • aimee_parrott

    Very pretty, but I can just imagine the foot-sweat that would result.  Because of that, it’s a big NAY for me.

  • aimee_parrott

    Very pretty, but I can just imagine the foot-sweat that would result.  Because of that, it’s a big NAY for me.

  • Anonymous

    My rule about pleather shoes is it depends on how they look. Some can look cheap and ugly, while some are really well-made and beautiful. I give the heels a thumbs up, but the flats are too much like jellies.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous. But PAIN. So that’s a Nay.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry – the mere idea of $100+ for plastic flats with a bow on them makes me itch – and I don’t care if they are designer, they look like shoes purchased from a dollar store.  Besides, now I am having twin peaks flashbacks – “She’s dead.  Wrapped in Plastic.”   

  • Anonymous

    Mmm, I’m going with Nay.

    I bought a gorgeous pair of Kenneth Cole peep toe sling backs that were mainly plastic (faux alligator in bronze…yummy!) but I have barely worn them because they make my feet sweat, causing blisters and slippage. Now they are relegated to events with little walking and they live in the handbag during commuting.

    Maybe I’m just a sweaty lady?

  • http://twitter.com/ryenerman rynerman

    Yeah they would make my feet sweat like crazy.  Also since they don’t look like they are soft plastic, it’s likely they don’t have a lot of natural give and wouldn’t eventually mold to fit my foot so it seems likely I’d just end up with blisters every single time I wore them instead of just the first couple of times unless they were literally made from a mold of my foot.

  • Anonymous

    They’re both adorable. I would totally put up with foot sweat for either of these babies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

    Oooh I like the flats. But I agree – sweaty times. I like super soft shoes too.

  • Anonymous

    They’re adorbs. But my feet get sweaty just looking at them.
    I don’t see a big market.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty, but I have to NAY it, based on environmental and utility reasons.

  • http://twitter.com/Space_Kitty Space_Kitty

    “Welcome to Payless.  Buy two pair, get the blisters for free.”

    Shame, because they’re cute.  Plastic is a total nonstarter.

  • http://twitter.com/Space_Kitty Space_Kitty

    “Welcome to Payless.  Buy two pair, get the blisters for free.”

    Shame, because they’re cute.  Plastic is a total nonstarter.

  • Anonymous

    These are pretty attractive plastic shoes. That said, they do tend to create sweat, blisters, and red wounds if the edge of the lovely swoop hits your foot flesh too pressingly.

    I would not spend much money on plastic shoes no matter how adorable.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Yes! Cute.  As for the plastic, it depends really on the shoes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=745465637 Nellie Wilson

    Melissa shoes are the absolute best. They use the highest quality materials, they smell good (!), and are extremely comfortable. Very much unlike those cheap plastic shoes of the 80′s. I just ordered a new pair yesterday, coincidentally. Unfortunately, they’re not inexpensive. But imo, they are worth it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

    My feet are blistering just looking at them

  • Anonymous

    I wear plastic shoes at work, because they can be cleaned easily and protect your feet from the general grossness of floors & God knows what else inhabiting hospitals nowadays.  When I put on my fancy shoes I don’t want to be reminded of work!  Sorry, Jason, these are OUT.

    However…….if you want to make a line of hospital shoes that have cute, washable plastic bows & other embellishments, then we can talk.

  • Anonymous

    Love the owl detail on the flats and the shape of the slingback is pretty sexy, but I can’t get on the plastic shoes bandwagon. Plus, not crazy about the idea of scented shoes as many scents tend to give me headaches. So that’s a NAY.

  • Anonymous

    I understand that some people don’t want to eat meat or wear leather and I’m glad they’re getting options, but my father did not come to this country so his daughter could wear plastic shoes.

  • Anonymous

    The only pair of plastic shoes I’ve owned were sandals, so I can’t speak to the sweat issue. I can say that the waterproof thing was a freaking godsend, and they just broke two days ago and I’m STILL MOURNING. THIS POST IS ILL-TIMED. HOW COULD YOU.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isabel-Christina/1036943389 Isabel Christina

    A major yeah, I wear plastic since i was a kid, I have 25 pairs of melissa including Jason Wu, it is addictive and in style everyone should give a chance to them@Vaniljekjeks:disqus 
    Big fan here!