Brian Atwood Spring 2013 Shoes

Posted on April 03, 2013

Brian Atwood’s colorful spring 2013 collection.



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    • gabbilevy

      NAY! These are a tacky mess.

    • Maggie

      No. More. Stripper. Platforms.

      • Chrystyl

        I agree! These colors would look so amazing with a smaller platform and heel. It’s a shame, I see the shape and totally ignore them.

      • ChaCha_70


      • lrober03

        If that first shoe was a flat, I would buy it in a heartbeat

      • H2olovngrl

        My very first thought! When will the stripper platforms die??

        • betorah

          My very first thought: perfect shoes for Rue Paul Drag Race, thus conflating two of T&Lo’s postings.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        Amen, Sister.
        In nearly every case I look and think, “Gee, that would be so much better without the platform.

      • Little_Olive

        This x 1000!

      • sweet_potato

        Thank you.

      • Folk Devil

        Seriously. Yes. I really thought they were on their way out. I think they always look stripper-tacky. On celebs, on models, on “regular people”. Just no.

      • shopgirl716

        I thought I was the only one. They’re hideous.

      • Mar8

        When I was little my mum told me platforms were for people who had a short leg and the other one normal and from that moment it is all I can see

    • Jen

      Well… they look quite refined compared to the TB mess offered up yesterday.

    • Jessica RoweRock

      the platform is dead. sorry, brian atwood. it’s so last year.

    • Sally Shield Mabadi

      I’m so over platforms. Yuck.

    • crash1212

      Qualified YAY – exceptions are ALL the models with applique flowers and what not. What IS it with high end shoemakers with the applique nonsense for Spring? Not a fan of the trend.

      • Lori

        I would really love to know who decided that people should or would pay high-end prices for craft projects.

    • Jessi03

      They’re baaaaaack! Hello, Spice Girl shoes! How was your trip up from the late 90s?

    • MilaXX

      Officially over platforms, and even if I ignore that the yellow and blue print ones in the middle are the only ones I remotely like.

    • sully27

      I feel like I should be listening to “Groove is in the Heart” while looking at this collection.

      • annabelle archer

        I feel like we should all be listening to Groove is in the Heart just because it makes you feel so damn good. Off to YouTube….

        • Little_Olive

          My fried and I were just taking a break watching Soul Train – Chakha Khan. Best mood lifter EVER.

          • Sarah

            There is no better show now or ever in the history of mankind than Soul Train. It never disappoints, and is ALWAYS GROOVY. You have made me happy just mentioning it.

      • Donyelle

        Lady Miss Kier realness

      • Qitkat

        And I just did :-)
        Not my era, but it had me bopping along and smiling.

      • Carrieanno

        That song is now stuck in my head. But it’s a classic, so thanks. The shoes, not so much.

    • Donyelle

      NO: They’re KC and the Sunshine Band Boogie shoes. I love the 70s but the Soul Train fashion forward 70s

    • annabelle archer

      If I were a stunning Latina lady, living up the high life in Miami (or a fabulously cha cha drag queen), I would love these shoes.
      But I am not, and so, I do not.

    • notterriblybitter

      They certainly are festive; I’ll grant them that. The colors are right for spring but I have a hard time with the concept of suede sandals. I don’t know why it bothers me but it does.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      ugh, we need a moratorium on platforms…

      • H2olovngrl


    • zenobar

      “Strippers From Around The Globe”

      • Pants_are_a_must

        How very Victoria’s Secret Runway Show.

    • Darva Sutra

      Clomp clomp clomp. Blech. Stop already with the damn platforms!

    • rh33

      For your inner Carmen Miranda.

    • Alexandra Simons

      I’m with the rest of the group here – no more platforms!! There is no way to walk in these without looking tortured. And they really aren’t aesthetically pleasing either.

    • H2olovngrl

      They are just so inelegant!

      • Little_Olive

        That is the word.

    • Kent Roby

      Hunty, I have been making over-the-top over-embellished shoes for Mardi Gras bal costumes for the past 25 years, but I never imagined that similar looks would be produced as “real” shoes. Parrots, flowers, dragonflies…It appears that crazy shoes are the new Judith Leiber pavéd bag.

      • jason

        a fellow new orleanian! yeay:)

      • l_c_ann

        Do imagine the French Quarter sidewalks trapping these heels and never letting go. (Wearable art to go with the statuary at the Aquarium.)

    • Qitkat


      My perfect feet self with money to burn would wear the cork/swirlies pair and the silvery pair with the same swirlies in color, and the 3rd pair from bottom in cobalt, purple, chartreuse, and greeny teal/turquoise. Don’t care for the floral appliques.

    • MarissaLG

      I just wrote this whole thing about how form should follow function, even in fashion, but it got too long and ranty so I deleted it. Let me just say that these are ugly shoes.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I’m pretty sure I owned some of these shoes in the early 70’s.

    • Trisha26

      More craft projects disguised as lethal footware. Honestly, who wears these heels?

    • tereliz

      Can’t the peep-toe platform hoof please die and never come back? I understand that shorter people like adding some height, but egads, these are ugly shoes.

      • Little_Olive

        If you are so short that you need an extra 6-inches, you probably shouldn’t wear these anyway or you’ll look like you’re on stilts.

    • Judy Julian

      Fun and funky.

    • Chickadeep

      So very over the cartoon stripper platform thing.

    • Imasewsure

      Hate them all

    • PastryGoddess

      It’s like there are 4 different collections of shoes here. I don’t know who was in charge of presenting this collection, but they need to be fired or demoted to intern level.

      And enough with the 12 inch platforms

      • conniemd

        Agree. Hate platforms. Also agree it looks like more than one collection. I kinda like the ones that interplay the solid colors like the first one. The flower glued ones look like a separate collection as do the printed platforms. The rest area mishmash.

    • dgh

      Huh. Maggie pretty much said it all in the first comment, but did anyone else notice that on the second pair (the only ones without the stupid platform), the floral embellishment is actually dragging on the ground? That’ll be fun to clean the dogshit off of.

    • Danielle

      Well, if everybody else hates them, that leaves more for me!

      Actually, I only need the black ones with the gold trim flowers and the lime green/purple ones. My birthday will be here soon…pleaaaaase?

      • Melanie Schultz

        lol as i was scrolling through i was like “want…want…want…OMG WANT.” i’d wear every single one & be thrilled to do so!

    • carrie

      If you told me these were Jessica Simpson shoes, I’d have believed it. Not special.

    • Isabel

      Not for me, only Katy Perry has enough “je ne sais quoi” to wear them

      • Kent Roby

        These must be kept away from Ms. Perry; she’s still trying to rehab from dressing like a 9-yr-old, and these creations would likely make her relapse.

    • Tracy_Flick

      Those purple snakeskin ones are the most hideous shoes I’ve seen in a while. Agree with the general consensus that the platforms are OVER.

    • SkipperJane

      Ah, so apparently Brian Atwood hired all the people who used to design Kaboodles in the 1990s.

    • decormaven

      Bedazzled platforms are next…

    • marilyn

      I like the bright colors. Definitely for summer and spring, but I wonder what clothes would be worn with them. No one is making retro 70’s clothing.

    • unbornfawn

      This would be a fabulous collection without the platforms.

    • Pennymac

      Ship these off to the Miss Universe contestants so they can wear them with their national costumes, please! They are just too much.

      • l_c_ann

        And then Vegas could bet on which nations would fall on the runway when these heels and froufrau get caught in the National costumes.

    • YayaGurl

      These all scream “Charo!” to me.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      Stripper shoes gone Etsy.

    • musicandmochi

      Too many tickery-tackery accessories this season, it seems.

      Designers, I expect better from you. *wags finger*

    • teensmom99

      These do not look high end. I feel like I could do much better at Anthroplogie. The only ones that are at all interesting are the cork . . .

    • guest2visits

      Sad to say – I really like half of these. 4,7,9,10,12…

    • hailtree

      the 2nd shoe from the top is pretty, the rest are just stripper shoes.

    • save_the_hobbit

      Love the color blocked ones, but the flower ones are pretty hideous.

    • MsOlympia

      These would all be like 100x more chic without the platforms.

    • disqus_sZRDWtvvVD

      I love me a chunky heel and a platform, but NOT a steep high heel. I think most of these shoes would look much cuter if they took that heel down.

      • editrixie

        Agreed. I have a fun pair of platform heels, but with the platform, it’s only about 3 inches, which is very manageable for the dance party I wear them to. There’s just no need for such torturous heel heights.

    • MinAgain

      These shoes should come with a free strip of condoms.

    • MannahattaMamma

      I loves me a colorful shoe & playful is all well & good but these shoes are the equivalent of the idiots who think that women’s trousers don’t need pockets. Women need to function in the world, people. These are the larky embellished equivalent of foot-binding. And gosh wasn’t THAT a hoot and a half.

    • korilian

      They probably look ridiculous when worn, but they’re fun to look at.

    • MoreShoes

      Chic porn star.

    • Kent Roby

      It was funny seeing this post yesterday, then watching Rachel last night go through Brian’s store (with him there, natch) and declaring that the shoes “are everything”. I also thought it was really cute (even if totally staged) when they presented Sky with a box of animal cookies on a silver platter!

    • NurseEllen

      I fully anticipate seeing some of these worn by the next crop of Miss World contestants.

    • marlie

      I’ll take the first pair, and the black ones with the black/gold flower thingies on the heel, but the rest? I can’t wait to see them on the ladies of Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      I would adore every single one of these shoes if they didn’t have that stupid, ankle-spraining platform on every single one. As is, I merely like them a lot.

    • AmeliaEve

      I just love these colors, especially the first one. For me, orange and pink together are the Mod Barbie colors of my childhood dreams. I just wish they weren’t so tall and trashy.

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    • editrixie

      Well, they’re certainly colorful, I’ll give them that.

    • Anniebet

      I’m a sucker for gaudy, colorful things as long as they’re tasteful. Heh.

    • allisankelly

      As my husband just said to our son, there’s ugly and then there’s butt-ugly. These are both, IMO.

    • myristica_fragrans

      i need a wealthy benefactor to purchase these for me.

    • ccm800

      Punky Brewster grew up to be a stripper?

    • Jeff Warhurst

      Platforms are awesome. I hate these shoes though.

    • TieDye64

      Perfect disco wear.