We’re a little fascinated by modern women’s shoe design. It seems like western culture locked down the shape of women’s shoes about a century ago and everything since then has been mere variations on a theme, with periods of experimentation every couple of decades or so (the ’40s, ’70s, and ’00s). Having cycled through complicated bear trap shoes, minnie mouse platform pumps, gun heel shoes (and no-heel shoes), and taken insane detours into the land of open-toed boots and lobster claws, it seems like the fashion world is currently settling into more classic designs, which is why we’re seeing more and more of the classic pump, which is fine by us.
But leave it to Miuccia Prada to find that just too damn restrictive for her.
Miu Miu Glitter Platform Pumps
We have to laugh at the shape of these because they look like cartoon drawings of pumps instead of like actual pumps. They’re fine, but we can’t help thinking they make the wearer’s feet look gigantic. And while we’re not experts on wearing heels (believe it or not) the backwards slant of these shoes combined with the high heel make them look to us like they’d be almost impossible to walk in for any length of time. Still, they’re disco fabulous and we always appreciate when a designer can work within a certain style but still make something original out of it. We suppose what we’re saying is, these work wonderfully from a pure design perspective but we question the practicality of them.
Of course, we could have written that exact sentence to describe 90% of the women’s shoe designs of the last decade.
YEA or NAY: Miu Miu Cartoon Pumps?
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