Yea or Nay: Rupert Sanderson ‘Birdie’ Shoes

Posted on March 28, 2013

Freida Pinto wore a pair of these the other day and the Bitter Kittens in our comments section surprised us by expressing opinions about them. Y’all are normally so meek about expressing yourselves.

Anyway, we thought the shoes Freida had on were fun and punctuated her outfit perfectly. But the much-repeated “Etsy” criticism reared its head, along with “crafty,” and we decided to throw the doors open on a discussion.

So, darlings …

 Rupert Sanderson Birdie Shoes: YEA or NAY?


We admit, seeing them all together like this, some of them do look a little on the too-precious side of things. But we can’t help it, they make us smile.

Print shoes are back, aren’t they? That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it opens up the doors to a lot of really dicey-looking prints.

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  • MilaXX

    YEA for me. I don’t like all of them, but the prints and both versions of the pair Frieda wore work for me.

  • MoHub

    They look like fun, but the only one I’d wear the that last flat sandal.

  • Sobaika

    Not into the all-over print, but the simple shoes with random bird appearance? COME TO MAMMA.

    Surprised at how much I like the first two, and the variations on the ones Freida was wearing. The last one seems perfect for a beach vacation.

    • Agreed! I would love to have a pair of those flat sandals.

  • Very cha cha, very summer, very whimsical. I’ve surprised myself by really liking the green print version.

    • MsOlympia

      I agree! Having received a foot of snow last weekend, my spring fever is making these look pretty darn fun.

    • needs some sparkle to achieve complete Azucar!

    • Carly Warnock

      Whimsical is the exact word that came to mind for me too. I love the sandals in the burnt orange 🙂

  • Lamoll

    Interesting idea, but the design of the bird is simply not very good. I kept seeing a fish. Actually, koi shoes would be nice!

  • Maria D.

    Oh no! They look like I purchased an appliqué at a dollar store and hot glued it to some Payless shoes.

    • Yep. I love the green print, though.

      • poggi

        me too. those are great.

    • Zuber

      Exactly my thoughts!! Green print shoes is good but that Birdie looks cheap! Thank you for voicing my thought!

  • Some of them work, where the use of the bird motif is more I reveal looking. The ones that fail for me are those where the use of the bird image looks slapped onto an otherwise forgettable shoe. I’m also right behind the notion of a print fabric covered shoe. This is not the print.

    • My sentiments exactly. It does look slapped on (so yes Etsy, DIY project, etc. does come to mind) and the shoe designs/shape/form are essentially forgettable. But maybe that’s what they’re going for. Maybe they’re the Urban Outfitters of shoes.

  • tereliz

    The only one that really grabs me by the boo boo is the green printed pointy-toed pump. The platforms with that print don’t work as well, too much surface area. I thought Freida’s deployment of the sandal with an edgier dress worked, but the appliqued parrots look so cheap to me. The only one of those I would wear is that last sandal, which feels more fun and funky than kitchy.

    • I am now dying to know what shoes would in fact “grab you by the boo boo” because, that is a shoe I want to see. : )

  • Jessi03

    I love love love them. I’m absolutely terrified of birds, but these are actually colorful and adorable! I would definitely wear them.

  • as long as the person who sports them doesn’t overdo the other accessories…

  • l_c_ann

    These may inspire a lot of summer sandal owners to go shopping for appliques. (Or get an embroidering sewing machine and go totally wild)

  • carolynmo

    Love the last pair!

  • CommenterFormerlyKnownAsR

    they have a sense of humor–what’s not to love?

    • Agreed. And the person wearing them needs a sense of humor to pull them off.

  • Trisha26

    NAY. Cheap and way too busy.

  • gabbilevy

    Love all of them but the ones Frieda wore, with the birdie looking like an afterthought. I particularly like the first few with the heel wraparound.

  • hughman

    “Oh you bought new pumps! Why does the fabric have Pokemon all over it?”

    • DeborahJozayt

      At least they don’t make the Pokemon noise when you walk….or do they?!

  • filmcricket

    Oh my God, I want the green print ones so badly my mouth started watering.

    • best of the bunch, for sure

    • capybara_cafe

      Same. Something about the green ones speaks to me. I kind of hate the rest of them though.

  • I love me a pair of cha cha shoes.

    • We just watched Female Trouble with Divine. She left home after a fight with her parents on Christmas day because they didn’t get her “cha cha” shoes. You’re not alone. You, me and Divine love our cha cha shoes.

  • Moriginal

    I had to stare at these for a very long ass time before I could see the “bird” in the print. And I didn’t get that the bird was a parrot until I saw the last three shoes.

  • LaSylphide

    They’re cute for limited use. I like the scrappy heels and especially the flat sandal. Those prints, though…with the right outfit, killer; with the wrong outfit, my brain would hurt.

  • Basil Von Broccoli

    Yea, but more because of the idea than the execution.

  • Sally Brownson

    I love all of them except the ones with the leopard wedges. I think it’s okay to mix prints, but leopard shouldn’t be one of them.

    • Louise Bryan

      You said it first, you said it well, and I agree.

  • I don’t mind them so much, though the pairs with the leopard print do not work. I prefer the pairs with the illustrated print

  • Imasewsure

    Don’t like the wedges but I think the rest are fabulous! IN

  • Yea: those with a separate embroidered bird head.
    Nay: those that are made of printed fabric/leather with birdies all over it.
    Abso-effing-lutely NAY: the ones with the leopard print wedgie. Cats eat birds, people!

  • jason

    the printed ones are not bad, but the rest look super cheep.

    (see what I did there? See? Never mind)

  • Talk about shoes made for the equator. I guess living in the PNW, it’s hard to think of putting out the cash to own a pair of shoes I’d get to wear for 30 minutes out of the year.

  • In. I love a shoe that has a sense of humor and yet looks fab at the same time. I totally want that black pump with the parrot!

  • AmeliaEve

    Yay! I like them all, but especially the sandals. I am a sucker for anything with a touch of Carmen Miranda.

  • Indigo54

    I like 6 outta 10. Not bad. Lots of tropical charm. I don’t get an Etsy vibe from these. They just make me wanna go on vacation.

  • VioletFem

    Some work (the first pair, the green pair, the pair Freida wore) and some don’t (the Franken-shoe wedges ). Over all they have a fun whimsical style which I like.

  • Scoobydrew

    I really like a lot of them but I am also very crafty and an etsy addict.

  • I say “yay,” but I lean towards a crafty aesthetic and actually own a pair of Keds covered in parrot print. However, I think the all-over print is better suited to more casual shoes than these. I like the wedges with the pink straps the best.

    Also, my bathroom is decorated in Tiki theme, so take that as you will.

  • Yea, they’re clever and fun and I want to wear the black ones with my new gray dress.

  • librarygrrl64

    A thousand times NAY. Too kitschy for me.

  • I think the printed shoes are great, but the ones with actual birds stuck to them are kind of hideous.

  • the first five are cute, then it descends into hot-glue-gun territory

  • PastryGoddess

    I love those wedges even though I know I’d look like I had a kindergarten craft project on me feet.

  • Indovina

    I quite like the print ones – except the wedge – because there’s something fun and whimsical about them, but I’m decidedly less fond of the parrot appliqué, which I think is kind of tacky (and tacked on). On the first two, at least, I don’t hate it, but neither do I particularly like it. The rest I think are… unfortunate.

  • lrober03

    Some will be easier to work into an outfit than others, but I like them. And I prefer parrots to dragonflies.

  • newleaf1

    Some of them are just a little too Miami socialite for me. That said, I wouldn’t turn a pair down. Hm. Do I want to be a Miami socialite? Questions, questions.

  • formerlyAnon

    On the whole, yea. Though they’re not to my personal tastes, I know many who could rock the first 6. I’m very doubtful about the last three, and the wedge just proves that women with more money than sense need clown shoes too.

  • anotherkate

    Yea, and YAY for these! Loved the pair Freida wore, and I love the flat sandal too. The pumps at the top are making me smile as well, although I don’t love the printed ones in the same way.

  • jetpackdino

    Nay. The parrot feels like a gimmick to distract us from a very meh shoe.

  • YEA! A couple of these are a little too cutesy, but I wouldn’t mind adding some of them to my shoe collection.

  • Witty and fun. Yea for me.

  • yaby


  • Samantha Irene

    Really love 99% of these – but the wedges with the leopard heels, bird applique and gold toe strap are a bridge too far for me. Also, on most those platforms might be an abomination unto the lord – but I could see them work on the right girl. I have to vote yea.

  • ccm800

    If you get your shoes or anything from Etsy OR make it yourself and rock it …you extra rule.

  • Nay. I cannot with fucking applique.

  • JauntyJohn

    Split decision: Top 5 Yea, the rest most definitely Nay.

  • crash1212

    YAY for 3rd, 4th and 5th – LOVE them, but can’t get with the appliqued look so the rest are all NAYs for me.

  • oohsparkley!

    I kept seeing fish in the first bunch of prints and shoes. Finally saw the birds, like a “magic” see the hidden picture print.

  • alyce1213

    I love them all — except the yellow and pink platform hoof toe ones, but I despise all hoof toe shoes.

  • fursa_saida

    Love ’em.

  • plinkiedoodle


  • Yay! I mean yea!

  • Lilithcat

    Not a huge fan of the print ones, but the others are adorable!


  • nannypoo

    I love crazy cute shoes. Then you can get away with wearing your usual boring outfits and you will look interesting anyway.

  • Hate the printed ones, but LOVE the ones with a single cockatoo on them!

  • It’s a citron-created cockatoo. I worked with one named Gomer once. 🙂

  • marilyn

    Barely Yay. For decorated shoes they are not bad. I could see them worn with the right outfit, and being just right. However, it would take a special red carpet maven to make them work.

  • ‘Crafty’ isn’t a pejorative to me, if it’s well done. I like ’em.

  • Oh WOW! I really love these. Actually, the style Pinto wore is my least favorite.

  • Anniebet

    Yay-ish. For whatever reason (brain fart, failing eyesight, overactive imagination), I saw fish, not bird. Don’t like the leopard platforms, but think the others are fun.

  • lalahartma

    I like the print ones.

  • conniemd

    Yea, except for the leopard heeled ones.

  • another_laura

    Wow. I can only get behind the very top pair (black pump). Other than those, Nay, I say.

  • GorgeousThings

    YEA. I love!

  • Zippypie

    I like the print on the pumps, though I despise the platforms. The other shoes are just too crafty applique.

  • i like the last sandal because it is casual. but birdies on dress shoes? not for me

  • Monabel

    Fantasy shoes that are not ugly and clunky, Yea.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    The top three are fine. After that, things get really dicey for me. Ima hafta say NO to the platforms and the wedges and the winged victory heels. The flats are ok.

  • SorayaS

    I loved them on Frieda and now I see the collection I love them even more! The only exceptions are the hideous wedges.

  • Qitkat

    I say Yea. It’s a pleasure to see the vibrant colors.
    Jimmy Buffet concert anyone?

  • Heather

    Freaking TERRIFYING.

  • Jamie Moon

    The prints are fun, but those strappy shoes with what looks like a patch on them…ugh

  • unbornfawn

    The do have a bit of the “happy hands at home” kinda thing going on.

  • Laylalola

    Nay. Honestly, I had sew-on patches for my jeans as a kid that looked like some of these. The rest look like someone took wallpaper and pasted it onto the shoes.

  • ankali

    Yea (-ish) to the patterned pumps, Nay to everything else. The merit-badge embroidery parrots are tacky, and the platform/espadrilles/wedges are just fucking awful.

  • Rachael

    I want all of them!

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I love parrot-inspired clothes for some reason – maybe it reminds me of a favorite teenage shirt that had a parrot coming out of the pocket.

    I would wear any of these shoes except for the scary wedge thingies.

  • zelavie

    I don’t like the ones that look like an applique was stuck on a shoe, but the all-over prints are great!

  • rhl25

    I was all ready to dance excitedly on the grave of the platform heel…until I scrolled down to numbers 4 and 5. The others are super adorable and I wish I could afford them/ a decent knockoff.

  • elzatelzabelz

    I like the printed ones-not for me, but pretty. The others look cheap.

  • Let me put it this way, I like them a lot, but I would not pay retail designer prices for them. As an aside, why are high heels either barely higher than a flat or 4 inch gargantuan poles?

  • Michelle Campbell

    Yay. Love the black pair at the top. Delish.

  • At the Copa, Copacabanaaaaa!

  • elephantasmagoric

    Hate the wedges and the flipflops. The others very much depend on the price point. They are gorgeous cheap shoes but hideous expensive shoes.

  • up with pod people

    I don’t care if it’s crafty. I am a total victim of “I’ll buy it if they put a bird on it,” especially a parrot.

  • Love them! Shoes should be fun IMO. I would run a nun over for that full yellow birdie print. OF course i’d probably have to sell a kidney…..

  • julesj

    Nay, cheap & ugly. I can buy my own appliques and glue them on my shoes, but I would never do that because it would make the shoes look cheap (and ugly).

  • MzzPants

    Only near the equator, dahlings.

  • DesertDweller79

    I don’t know….. I kind of like the idea behind him. The birds are really fun. But, I shudder to think what they cost. If these were cheap shoes I’d be all for them. But no way would I pay designer retail prices for them.

  • Yea for me, they’re gorgeous and can lift up a look inmediatly.

  • ms_kat

    I definitely agree that the green print are the best of the bunch. But these shoes remind me of resort wear, and not in the way that Michael Kors uses it. Instead picture someone on a Princess Cruise who wants something a little sassy to wear that night at 2nd seating of dinner. So she goes to the gift store on ship and buys, well, a pair of shoes just like these. Not so sassy, just a little sad.

  • Sunshine16

    need green print ones STAT!