Yea or Nay: Prada Spring 2013 Shoes

Posted on September 25, 2012

Just one more bit of crazy shit and then we’ll get back to more conventional celebrity fashion. We promise.

Darlings, we present to you the shoes from the Prada Spring 2013 runway show. Brace yourselves, because you are about to be overcome by grace and beauty.

The one thing you can say about the standard high-heeled shoe, in response to entirely reasonable criticisms that they’re painful, physically damaging and ultimately a little sexist, is that they’re aesthetically pleasing. The lines of the average  pump, slingback, or peeptoe are lovely to look at, whether a human foot resides in them or not. We think that has a lot to do with why they’ve become a classic and why women’s footwear hasn’t really changed all that much in the last 50 years, barring the occasional beartrap shoe; that, and the idea that they somehow “improve” the shape of a woman’s leg and that straight men find them sexy. And we’ve heard many a lady say that she likes wearing heels because they make her feel more powerful and confident.

But these? We’re sorry, we love Miuccia and her entirely original ideas, but these are just plain ugly to us. Seriously ugly. Aggressively ugly.

Et vous? What do the kittens think (as if we had to ask)?


Prada Spring 2013 Shoes: YEA or NAY?


[Photo Credit: GoRunway]

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  • RzYoung


    • Sobaika


      • Kayceed


        • Call me Bee

          Ei!  Tuhat korda ei! 

          • MissMariRose

             Oh, hell no!

          • Introspective

            Girl bye.

          • DeborahJozayt

            Snaps in Z formation.

          • boweryboy


    • Vanja


    • CPK1


      • Claudia Fernandes

        nao mesmo

    • another_laura

      NEIGH!  whinny whinny    Respect my life choices.

  • WTF?

    • Jill_3

       YIKES. That hurt. Seriously. Those shoes hurt my feelings.

  • NAY. times infinity. 

    • Maine1ac

      That’s what I was going to say!

  • Addicted2Glamour

    Do you really even have to ask? Ugly, seriously ugly. These shoes are neither fun nor funny. 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Miuccia has finally lost her shit. The words “torture porn” leapt to mind, it’s like something an otherwise naked woman would wear while being maimed in an Eli Roth film. The association turns my stomach. NAY. NAYNAYNAYNAYNAY. I’ve got more NAYS than a stable for these shoes.

  • Nyet.

  • understateddiva

    hmmm.  Maybe there’s a place for these in Tokyo street fashion, but otherwise I got nothing.

  • DinaSews

    Cray and NAY.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I’m really not feeling very well today, so I hope the shoes I’m looking at are a result of all the cough syrup I have ingested.  NAY!!!

    • On the other hand, I could use some of that syrup now, or something to erase these from my memory. As a person with eyeballs, I find them offensive.

  • Nay, nay, a thousand times, NAY!
    Those are without question, some of the most ill-considered shoes in human history. The choppine does not need to be revived, ever.

  • Jennelle Soikkeli

    If someone put these shoes down the runway on Project Runway, Nina’s eyes would bleed… just because it’s Prada doesn’t make it pretty…

  • call_me_schmeg

    what the what? NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY.

  • Carmel Steindam


  • prada has been influenced by harajuku girls but not in a good way.

  • G to the R to the O S S.

  • I can take ugly if it’s witty.  Or if it begs a question and expands my perspective.  I can take ugly if it’s a statement.  But this…. this is just ugly.  I’m thinking Miuccia was thinking it would translate as something else.  But this is just a total miss.  I’m actually embarrassed for her.  It’s an “Emperor has no Clothes” moment.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Chinese big-block patten-type shoes and Japan tori socks taken to a very unattractive limit.  A lot of money probably went into creating these ugly shoes, and for what purpose?  Why, for the BKs and PUFs to have a field day ripping them to chausseur shreds.

    • naomiow

      tabi socks (tori means bird).  some remind me of the Korean socks thing we keep seeing in Korean Vogue

  • spooki C

    I’ll wear the silver and black ones with the hole out clubbing but that’s about it. You can keep the leather tabi though, my feet are sweating just looking at that.

  • I like a bit of whimsy but these are just way over the line.  We’re into GROSS territory.  

  • Judy_S

    “Overcome by grace and beauty”–not. “Crazy shit”–yea. I hope those geta have good traction on the bottom.

  • siriuslover

    nay nay nay nay nay.

    oh yeah, nay.

    They either look like someone put their flip flops on while wearing shiny sports socks (ewwww) or someone mixed their cultural references (and not in a good way). As I said elsewehere, some of these look like a weird mish mash of ancient Rome and stereotypical Japan.

  • TheLaurenJean

    This doesn’t make any sense. Did the printer catch and double print part of the shoes? Cause that’s the only sane option.

    • TheLaurenJean

      It’s like they declared war on our eyes. Not our feet, but our eyes. Those things are hideous. 

  • holzfaellen

    These shoes look like Miuccia thought “Let’s make the ugliest shoes possible and put a little bow tie on all of them just to mock potential customers even more.”

  • MilaXX

    Other than Nicki and Gaga who’s going to wear these? NAY!

  • I hate them unreservedly!

  • janetjb

    I’m loving the crazy this morning.

    Nay, of course.
    Good: mostly low heels on silly platforms
    Bad: silly platforms

  • IAmJ

    Yep, aggressively ugly is right. I especially hate the space socks.

  • Jangle57

    You notice they don’t create batshit crazy shoes like this for men.  I think Prada just dissed most women (as much as I hate to admit it,there’s probably a few out there that will like these).  NO NO NO, a thousand times NO.

    • SewingSiren

      Back in the 70’s there were a lot of crazy platform styles for men. They went out of style. And men do not buy them.  
      I don’t think these shoes are going to be huge sellers or anything , they’re more art than commerce. But if women wouldn’t buy crazy/and or uncomfortable shoes stores wouldn’t stock them.
      These actually don’t look all that uncomfortable to me.

      • Call me Bee

        Ah…but are they art?  🙂

      • formerlyAnon

         Yes, I think the ones that are simply elevated without a significant heel look a LOT more comfortable than most high heels.

        But then, I absolutely can. not. wear. any kind of thong between my toes (never even owned a pair of flip flops) so I don’t think there’s more than maybe one of the flatter ones that I’d ever try even if could suddenly afford Prada shoes.

        • fashionablylate

          I cannot stand thongs either, the last time I wore flipflops I was probably 12 years old, and I only ever wore them poolside. To me, flipflops are NOT “heading into town” shoes, and I’ll never understand how it became socially acceptable to wear them out and about. I’ll never understand the same about pajamas and slippers either, but that’s for another time, lol.

  • mjude


  • Anathema_Device

    Nay. They remind me of the episode of The Office where Kevin walks around with Kleenex boxes on his feet.

    • RL McGruder

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Thank you for that!

  • How is the ankle of a mere mortal to fit into one of these shoes?  Models are having their circulation cut off

  • ojosazules

    Just in time for Halloween!

  • Kate4queen

    I like the little flowers but that’s about it. 🙂

  • Jessi03

    Hahahahahaha!  Wait, sorry.  Was that a serious question?

  • christinewithanx

    No, sirs, no no no. It’s like Hello Kitty and Frankenstein got a puppy together. A horrible, ugly puppy.

  • carpediva

    Satyr shoes.  Seriously, how is socks with flip flops the (justifiable) end of Western Civ as we know it, but THESE are high fashion?

  • I see the lame zippered things and think “sweat bootie.”  NO on so many levels!

  • Nope nope nope nope

  • Bozhi

    Lady Gaga does need some new shoes. 

  • They are cray-mazing!

  • Amy_R

    Those are cool…if you’re a Drag Queen. Where (and with what) would average gal wear those?!

  • Funkykatt

    This is the kind of stuff I used to put together as a kid for a joke. Much much cheaper too.

  • marilyn


  • SewingSiren

    I think that they are very interesting to look at. I think she was influenced Japanese Geisha sandals and Italian chopine clogs.

    • formerlyAnon

       Also the patten.

  • gabbilevy

    Ho-riffically ugly. The only ones that I could see maybe worn are the white sandals with the pink socks (but without the pink socks)… probably because they’re the most conventional.

  • Tamara Hogan

    Nope. Do not like. Any of them.

  • kaycem


  • Hideous. Sorry, but it’s an insult to Japanese tradition. 

  • dress_up_doll

    Back in the fabulous ’80’s I had a pair of Norma Kamali shoe-sock thingys with a black ballet flat attached. They were quite cute and fun to wear. However, this is just a collection of hideosity at its finest.

  • Not even if someone paid me to wear them.  

  • I see what they were going for. And appreciate the thought that went into them. But NO!

  • Space geisha boots? Ehh. 
    Also, I just can’t with open-toed ankle boots. I can’t 

  • Call me Bee

    Oh my.  Start Trek booties gone horribly, angrily, montrously wrong. 

  • leave_Blake_alone

    Oh come one. Do we even need to vote on this?

  • Stephen Bornstein

    Not only ugly but, also unflattering…..NO!

  • alyce1213

    Crappy craftwork.


  • VeryClaire

    Someone hates women

  •  I’m making the sign of the cross on myself like people do when faced with something bad they can’t comprehend.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Nein, Non, Nyet…in any language, just plain NO. 

  • artgirl9

    Jumped over, on, around and under the shark.

  • NO! woof.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    I could not “nay” more if I was a horse. 

    No. Not now, not ever. 

  • claudemtl777

    It feels like pradaprank

    • Jillian3538

      Pradaprank.  What a great word.  A portmanteau packed with meaning.  It’s going into my fashion vocabulary immediately.

  • desi_girl

    Nay, nay, nay! Do they want that no one should buy Prada shoes anymore? 

  • I severely mock people who wear socks with their sandals, ESPECIALLY when they’re wearing thong sandals.

    So, yeah, Prada. I’m mocking you. Severely. 

  • claudemtl777

    The biggest challenge to stem from those shoes? “how not to bust out laughing when you see someone wearing them”

  • janierainie

    I think aggressively ugly says it.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    I don’t…understand. What the fuck did I just look at? NAY!

  • NO WAY!!  Nay.  And you wondered why all the footwear @ the Emmy’s was so horrible!?

  • maggiemaybe

    These shoes are aggressively ugly. Is she mad at us? NAY!

  • I think that she’ll get rid of the ‘sock’ parts, which will leave otherwise clean, simple, or prettily-embellished feminine shapes and shoes for customers. Admittedly the platforms are more for the Spice Girls revival, but I still love the flower-embellished platforms. It must be the drag queen in me.

  • Aggressively ugly is the best descriptor I can imagine. I must give them an equally aggressive NAY.

  • StellaZafella


    ‘Cause this is all a joke………right?

  • Rand Ortega

    NOT aesthetically pleasing!

  • poggi

    As a wife, mother and lady with big feet, I say no.

    (sorry I haven’t had a chance to use my JLo identification template until now).

  • kerry dee

    i’m more than willing to be the one to go against the grain and say that i’m absolutely 100000000% in love with these shoes. I think they’re beautiful and artistic and perfectly prada- ugly-awkward-unconventional-chic, though really, is it really ugly or awkward or is it just to western eyes?

  • Zippypie

    Seriously effed up.  Someone hates women.

  • hmariec19

    Fuck THAT.

  • PeggyOC

    They’re like you asked a bunch of six year olds to design shoes, sugared them up and let them loose with a glitter gun.  Hideous.  And no.  Socks with sandals is always wrong, and even more so when they’re leather or vinyl and are built as part of the shoe.  Unspeakably ugly.

  • NAY! I’m still waiting for the grace and beauty to get here.

  • Elleachaudaucul

    My eyes! The horror!

  • Aly Light

    Third row from the bottom (both of ’em) would be cute without the socks. Nay to all else.

    • boweryboy

      They look like leftover shoes from her Fall 2011 collection.  I think the socks are optional – or at least let’s hope they are when these trickle down to retail.

  • j_anson

    Nay, nay, nay.

  • nannypoo

    The good news about this collection is that no one will buy it so we’ll never have to see it again.

  • Julie Fountain

    Nay, nay, nay, a thousand times, nay.

  • They look like bad craft projects…NAY!

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    (It is to laugh)

  • NCDFan

    ah, ha, ha, ha, NOT remotely pleasing. Like a bad dream.

  • Nay with a side of WTF? 

  • joe_tey83

    Seriously ugly. Aggressively ugly. Blasphemy-against-fashion-let’s-start-a-violent-street-protest ugly.

  • JimMcC

    Burn them with fire.

  • frannyprof

    A thousand times NO

  • Oh dear. Anyone else getting a 60s Sci-Fi vibe from this weirdness? I could absolutely see Captain Kirk coming across a planet full of women wearing shoes like these.

  • I’ll be heretical and say that I kind of like them. Especially the ones with flowers. I can’t wear high heels, and these have a kind of spacey vibe that I like. They seem like kicky fun. If I was an anime girl with huge violet eyes and green hair, I would wear these in an instant. They don’t go with any of my current wardrobe, but I might be willing to try something fun – if they weren’t insanely expensive, that is.

    • leftcoastpickle

      I would like to see them in the context of an outfit.  I bet they could work with the right clothes and styling. Really no weirder than a lot of runway clothing, and the  extension of a lot of shoe styles from the last few years. 

  • VRuss

    Grace and Beauty…. NOT!

  • hell no.

  • RL McGruder

    I was wondering if you were going to try to sell us on these…thank GOD you didn’t.

  • librarygrrl64

    NAY. Horrifying.

  • kimmeister

    Nay to the nayth degree!

  • Michael_Jones

    “Aggressively ugly” pretty much covers it.

  • l_c_ann


    And I hope whoever designed, approved the design, checked off on the design and smiled as they put this together, will be forced to wear them and them alone for all eternity.

  • aimee_parrott


  • AnnPopovic

    Are they shoes? Or portable housing?

    And ‘no’ on the built-in socks. 

  • Terri Smith

    Does vomit count as an answer?

  • These shoes talk. They say “I hate women and I want to humiliate them.”

  • OwnsHairlessCats

    absolutely, positively no. no, no, no.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Looks like socks with sandals.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Ugly, looks horribly uncomfortable AND a cultural appropriation! It’s a triFUGta!

  • Trisha26


  • Nearly vomit-inducing ugly.

  • The poor models who had to walk in them. 

  • Donna Schmidt


  • alice20c

    Yea! They ARE aggressively ugly and I ADORE them for it. Especially the last ones. Wish I had money.

  • golden_valley

    No!  and I feel sorry for the models.

  • joything

    We just saw the sock-booties in Vogue Korea, didn’t we? On feet stuffed into regular pumps? These look like wack versions of traditional Japanese-Korean wooden street clogs. 

    Except for the one gold lame pair that has minimal sole and a teensy pink bow – those look like part of a Star Trek costume.

    Anyway, they’re happycrazyshit for blogger entertainment, not for actual wear.  That said, I do wish a level foot on a flat sole could be construed as “powerful and confident.”

    • formerlyAnon

       “I do wish a level foot on a flat sole could be construed as “powerful and confident.”

      YES YES YES. One thousand times YES.

  • OUI! Well…except for the one that’s a cinderblock strapped to the foot. 

  • belfebe

    Argh!!!! Nooooooooo!!!!!

  • Where were these shoes last year when I broke my toe and spent weeks searching for thong-heels? *gags*

  • Wendy Wetzel

    I think I just threw up a little in my mouth

  • Sara__B

     Gentlemen, if anyone actually shows up in public in a pair of these shoes, please post photos. (I hope to find a video of the models walking in these contraptions. I can’t wait to see how they work!)

  • tylka5

    I’m a shoe girl, crazy shoes, super high, cute little flats – whatever.  These are Hid-E-Ous!

  • neofashionista

    NAY mucho fUGGO

  • TSkot

    ridiculous:  NAY NAY NAY!

  • I am overcome by grace and beauty.

  • Buffy

    how in hell do you even walk in some of those?  NOPE

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    If we were all in a Japanese Restaurant.  And if we all ate LSD.  The waitresses’ shoes would look like this.

  • Megan Patterson

    Absolutely not!!!!!

  • What the hell was I just looking at???

  • Hate these with the burning hot passion of a thousand suns. 

  • I appreciate the Geisha’s in Space idea but…. Nay! Nay, nay, nay, nay, nay. Na-nay-nay.

  • LinXGUA

    They’re plain socks-and-sandals 

    It’s the Japanese-Swiss Alps inspired footwear fashion for the cryogenic woman of tomorrow … of tomorrow’s tacky-est, post-apocalyptic wasteland.


  • AlexisPayne


  • N-to-the-fuckin’-AY. No way in hell. 

  • carolynmo

    No! Just no

  • judybrowni

    Question: is the horrible leather tabi sock attached to each shoe, or an add-on at whim?

    If the horrendous leather tabi is an option, rather than feature, then the two flat sandals are okay, and the extreme high heeled white sandal no worse than the norm foot killer.

    Otherwise, I agree: straight to torture porn video.

  • formerlyAnon

    If (as I presume) the odd mylar/vinyl sock bootie things are part of the shoes, the NAY cannot come loud enough.

    I’m a little more conflicted when I look at them with the sock/bootie action subtracted – some of them are interesting takes on the clog/patten/[Japanese] geta/etc.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Nay nay nay nay nay.

  • Beyond awful, these are INHUMANLY ugly.  Yuck, double yuck, triple yuck, ick.

  • Larkin21


  • PinkLemon


  • annieanne

    I think its time for runway models to form an industry wide union so they can negotiate for danger pay when wearing those skyscrapers on the runway.
    Oh — and maybe Embarrasment pay when having to wear anything that butt ugly.

  • Somebody mislabeled these. They are from the Willy Wonka Spring 2013 collection. 

  • Shut up, Prada.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Nay. Nay. Nay. Neigh. Neigh.

  • crash1212

    NAY. Hate. Them. All. Aggressively ugly.

  • I worry about what’s happening physically to the feet and legs of the women who wear high,high heels, but this?  This is NOT the answer.  N.O.  No.

  • Laylalola

    I don’t think even my 7th grade self (with extremely bad preteen taste) would have liked these. 

  • L.

    I loved it initially, but then I just went – “MEH, its all Courreges meets the Shoes:History entry in the encyclopedia”


  • allj

    They make my eyes (and feet) hurt. TOO MUCH.

  • Beside Gaga, who would wear these?!? NAY

  • Bjork called and she wants her damn shoes back…all of them. 

  • : O ~~~~~~~~~  Totally ridiculous and beyond ugly.

  • granddelusion

    Standard lady shoes are only aesthetically pleasing because we’ve been trained to think so. However, you’re right about these. These are Lady Gaga moronical shoes.

  • SatelliteAlice

    Nay!  Agressively nay!

  • Aggressively ugly, offensively ugly, NAY NAY NAY

  • Definite nay. My reaction to that first pair of shoes was, ‘oh jesus christ.’ Just… ugh. 

  • frankystein123

    You can take your cues from Japanese culture, but don’t be high-as-fuck while doing it!

  • Lisa Kramp

    Only when there’s ice hockey in hell.

  • RedRaven617

    It felt good to laugh.

  • Why?  I just don’t get it.  But I’m sure Lady Gaga will be all over this shit.

  • Coralie Legister

    A thousand times no. NO.

  • Bwah hah hah hah hah hah!!!!

    Too ugly to adequately insult.  Somehow Chinese foot binding meets 60s pop art.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Aggressively ugly is right. NAAAAY.

  • momogus

    NAY times one billionty eleven.

  • (*Curls up behind the sofa in a fetal position, sobbing loudly*)

    (*Throws a wadded up piece of paper out from behind sofa*)

    (*TLo unwads the piece of paper. In big red letters, it says “NOOOOO!  Don’t let the bad shoes get me!*)

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i love them. the platforms anyway. i’ve loved them since i first saw them a few days via the ny times. in fact i thought: in january, when i have some money…..
    not that they wouldnt look better w/o the metallic socks. they most definitely would. i’m hoping thats at least how some of them get made once theyve left the runway’s stratosphere. still, i’d buy a pair could i afford them–& the fact that everyone other than me seems to hate them might very well put them in my line o’ sight come a couple seasons down the line.

  • These must have been a joke. Nobody would ever really want to wear these. I think that she was snickering in the back when these walked the runway….

  • “Aggressively ugly” hits it right on the head. Which might be the point–what the hell do I know?

    They look like medical devices. Ugh.

  • MrsKrause

    No way.

  • TieDye64

    Hell to the NO x infinity.

  • MarissaLG

    I really tried to look at these with a critical eye. I tried to see what would be offered in stores and tried to take away all the runway  nonsense to get to the heart of the design. I really tried.

    These shoes are heinous. 

  • quiltrx

    NAY.  Too much fugly!

  • boweryboy


    Although the little gold and silver booties are of fun in a Courrèges kind of way.

    This collection disappointed me.  It starts off with some really lovely Japanese inspired LBDs and then it goes all bat shit crazy halfway through and never recovers.

  • Alina Badus

    Hideous! Not that I could afford them anyway… 

  • blondie65

    I don’t always get it when it comes to high fashion…but, I’m going to say it about this. These look like I left my 11 year old alone in the garage with power tools and a hot glue gun with instructions to  “create shoes”.  And then he gave them to  my 6 year old who  glued  on a bunch of  glitter, stickers and various ribbons and finishings.  There. I said it.  About Prada.  Did the sun just explode?

  • PeaceBang

    These shoes are the reason the expression, “I can’t even” was coined. Because I can’t even.

  • prettybigkitty

    ohhh noooooooo!!!!!

  • Oh fuck no.

  • crackineggs

    These make my crocs look stylish. I think I can safely admit to croc use on the sixth page of posts….??

  • Nooooooooooooope.

  • I love Prada but god these shoes must be a joke. Nein.

  • why not?

  • Carlos Abreu

    hate those
    UGLYness is becoming cool???
    i dont think sooo
    plus they are unconfortable, unpraticable and unwearable… and they will probably cost 5000$ each

  • kikisayshi


  • afabulous50

    Butt Ugly…

  • Judih1

    the only value these shoes have is it gives the BK”s great fodder to comment about. The comments below are so wonderful and interesting, even memorable. The shoes are memorable too = but not in a good way

  • Carlos Abreu

    yeah they look like those emails u get… “craziest inventions in china or india” 

  • elemspbee


  • Cathy S

    Oh, for fuck’s sake.

  • I must concur.

  • padma sallah

    Just, just what the fuck is this? These are some of the fugliest shoes I’ve ever seen.

  • mmc2315

    Nay.  The shoe collection is trying to hard to be out there, and misses the mark.

  • mtraptor

    Ditch the metallic zippered socks, I would wear and love all of them except the flowered ones.


  • one word: HARAJUKU

  • Stubenville

    TLo, are you sure these aren’t from a RuPaul Drag Race challenge?
    I would love to see a shoe challenge on Project Runway. And if these went down the runway, Nina’s infamous “It’s a matter or taste” would get trotted out and the Kors-o-tron 3000 would explode.

  • Tina Tomkins

    EEK! I’m not really crazy about this line. Nay.


  • Methadras

    What happened to the standard peek-a-boo fuck me pumps? Come on, this is impotence inducing.

  • Carol Shannon

    Not just nay, hell nay!

  • wood meredith

    Methinks I would rather wear Crocs.  For realz. 

  • LambeeBaby

    HELL NO!

  • akprincess72



  • holdstillnow

    They hurt my feelings.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    NAY.  That is one of the ugliest, most uncomfortable collection of shoes I have EVER seen.  Yuck!

  • n.a.y.

  • StrandedFashionista


  • lilazander

    Crazy… I love, though. I would surely try the trhir pair (from the top); otherwise, hmmmmmm….

  • Nay. Way nay.