Yea or Nay: Alexander McQueen Spring 2013 Shoes

Posted on April 09, 2013

Enough with all these celebrities and their bullshit. Grab your credit card and your condoms (you never know) and let’s go shoe-shopping, bitches!

Alexander McQueen Spring 2013 Shoes: YEA or NAY?


Pretend there’s no such thing as gravity or small bone fractures.


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    • NurseEllen

      For me: nay. For those with long legs, deep pocketbooks, great balance, and a PhD in shoes: YEA for sure. These are very fun!

      • Jessi03

        Ah, I wrote almost the exact same thing as you and didn’t realize! I’m sorry.

    • Nancy SM Waldman

      Love McQueen, but these? Nope.

    • Amelia Ross

      i’d prefer them (as aesthetic objects and not actual footwear, obviously) without the aquarium pebbles in the heels.

      • newtonGOTbeaned

        I’m on the other side of the fence–I dig the pebbles and am (mostly) against the uppers. What is going on there? Is that stuff fishing net ( the obvious pairing for aquarium pebbles)?

    • Katie Dunneback

      I say YEA from a pure design standpoint. In fact, for McQueen, they seem almost restrained.

    • Kathryn Tewson

      Can anyone but a gymnast, acrobat, or dancer actually walk in those heels?

      I love them. All of them. If I could wear shoes that weren’t listed under the “comfort” section in Zappos, and if I had Scrooge McDuck levels of money, I would buy them all.

      • Kristin McNamara

        I wasn’t even concerned about the walking part when I first saw them because, no offense to the bigger boned ladies out there (Lord knows, I’m one of them, and I actually offer this concern from experience) but sometimes with heels, I feel like I’m bending the base of the shoe with my weight, so the heel feels like it’s becoming unstable in a connected-to-the-shoe kind of way. Why this makes me worry in this case is because here, the shoe heel isn’t directly under the wearer’s ACTUAL heel…. which could mean for not-slight ladies like me, that the actual FOOT part of the shoe may crack/bend/break under the pressure. Know what I’m sayin? That could be really, really disastrous….

    • Teresa Rebecca Cunningham

      Nay. I like the look of most of them but those “heels” are just unnecessary.

    • Reality TV Casting

      i want to see them on some PHEET

      • Sara Munoz Munoz

        No kidding. That is always my reaction to these shoe posts.

    • claudemtl777

      They look great, but im not sure how easy they are to walk in…one thing fersure:the small bone fracture bit is hilarious

    • A.W.

      I will be naying all stripper platforms from here on out. Also- what’s in the heels? Bubbles, beads?

      • ZnSD

        crack. you would think there was none left after designing these, but there you go.

      • karywin

        My vote is tapioca…like in bubble tea.

      • Jessica Charlotte Siewierkiewi

        What do you call those beads that expand when in water?

    • Qitkat

      I’m thinking these will make the ponies look particularly elegant at Prince Charles’ next polo match.

    • kerryev


    • annabelle archer

      Not for the world I live in. But for that other world, the world of lithe fashionistas, I say yea.

    • SewingSiren

      I think they would look great with those big rubber horse head masks that are so popular.

    • teensmom99

      I am a shoe person and these are nay all the way.

    • Pamela Hunt

      This is a joke, right??

    • subwaycars

      I would wear the fuck out of all of them if I thought I could actually walk in them. Alas. Still a YEA though.

    • Chase

      Alexander McQueen shoes: Because actual foot-binding is soooooo 19th Century.

      • musicandmochi

        I guess this season, all the big-name designers started smoking the same crack as the Project Runway producers.

      • drdarke

        How do you even wear those shoes without falling on your face…?


    • John Spodick

      Lucite heels….hooker shoes.

    • MrsDanvers

      Yay! I don’t have the event or the wardrobe for these, but all things being equal, I would rock the hell outta them. I think they require a sense of humor, which I have in abundance, and a certain sparkle ;-)

    • MajorBedhead

      I hope those beads/aquarium pebbles are embedded in the lucite and not just rattling around in there. Because, wow, those would be some loud shoes.

      Also? Nay. Strippertastic.

    • MK03

      NAY. The first starlet to wear these to a premiere will be eating red carpet after the first step.

      • StellaZafella

        “Tippy toes! Tippy toes! Must walk on my Tippy toes!…god my feet hurt!”

    • Lily

      From an aesthetic pov, I love them. From a practical standpoint, I cannot imagine a situation I could ever wear them for.

    • Kim O’Neill


    • ZnSD

      I think these are ugly, but hey, I’m a guy so what do I know.

    • MilaXX

      the last 3 are sort of interesting, but I fear my years of fearless shoe wear are over

    • Rand Ortega

      & bring some insurance, ’cause there’s a strong possibility of an ankle sprain/break w/ these babies.
      Aesthetically they’re amazing.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      Yea, even though they’d live in a perspex box in the only accommodations I could afford – a tortured artist hovel.

      • Eric

        That would be appropriate, considering that the shoes are themselves torture devices.

        • A Shiny O’Connor

          HA. Yes.

    • TAT93

      YEA! They look amazing, BUT only for those who have the money for McQ and foot surgery maybe?

    • abish

      damn that amount of tacky hurts my eyes

    • MinAgain

      No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, aaaand…


    • mgood

      They’re gorgeous. Even if they’ve got the profile of a dog having a dump.

    • Els

      Their shoes are actually starting to make me angry now, and that takes away from any beauty I could find in them. Fuck them for thinking the kind of pain it would take to wear these shoes is some kind of high fashion.

    • Trisha26

      YEA. The bottom 4 looks with the plain black and gold being my fave. The booties & ankle cuffs are just too “too.”

    • Funkykatt

      Yeah, how does anyone walk in these? Might as well bind women’s feet again, same result.

    • PrunellaV

      And you walk in something like that how?

    • zuzu

      They could have paid for a second mold for a little variety. Even a 3-D printer.

    • Wendi126

      Take them away at ONCE!

    • Jessi03

      Yea! But only if your PhD in fashion had a concentration in shoe wearing. I only got my fashion GED, so they are not for me.

    • Folk Devil

      Ugly. Ugly. Ugly. Uuuuuugly!

    • FishInThePercolator

      I love each and every last silly one of them.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      Nay, nay, a thousand times nay!

    • MissAnnieRN

      Nay for most people. Yay for HBC. I actually wish Beatrix LeStrange could have worn some of these.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Nay, but at least they have straps to keep them on. I bought a pair the first time these were in style, can’t wear them, can’t give them away. I believe they are Steve Madden. Do not walk downhill (I was in a parking ramp) in these.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Once again, why are there not goldfish or sea monkeys or ant farms in any of these?

      • TieDye64

        Ant farms. Yes!

    • JasmineAM

      I could NEVER EVER EVER walk in these, but these are gorgeous! YAY. I admit to being a bit of a McQueen fangirl.

    • Bert Keeter

      What a HEEL! Nay Nay Nay!

    • PastryGoddess

      I finally bought a pair of center heel shoes and I LOVE THEM. So its a YEA for me. Also they make you walk with your chest out and shoulders back

      not that I’m biased or anything

    • crash1212

      YAY! But I’ll bet they rattle when you walk.

    • Martha Jones

      The last pair of shoes look like cracked out couture versions of Dorothy’s ruby slippers, but they would be hell to walk in down the yellow brick road. Dorothy would never have made it out of Munchkinland.

    • Jackie4g

      EEeeeeuuuuuwwwww. Yech. Ick. And those were the technical terms.

    • Jeff Warhurst

      The parts of the shoes north of the gumball machine heels are gorgeous, but the jar of candy heels… no. Horrifying, and weird.

    • Jeff Warhurst

      No; you know what it looks like? IT LOOKS LIKE THE HEELS ARE FULL OF FISH OIL PILLS.

    • alyce1213

      He’s rolling in his grave.

    • miagain

      ugh…. guess that means NAY!

    • Jangle57

      Looking at these shoes makes me really glad I have a wide foot and could never fit into any of them.

    • Cortney Dean

      YAY! I’m genetically pre-disposed to say Yay to all things McQueen but I do love the pair with the solid black heel and gold detail. Of course I’d break both ankles within 3 minutes of donning them, but I still love them!

      • MissAmynae

        Naomi Campbell, Diane Kruger, PLEASE!!! Total yay from me as well. McQueen is my Jeebus.

      • makeityourself

        Me too. Those black and gold ones are sleek and elegant. Would love to see them on a foot.

    • Zippypie

      If I wanted to hobble, I’d just bind my feet and be done with it.

    • lalahartma


    • E. D.

      NAY – I hate that heel shape.

    • Bailey Debruynkops

      good lord, all of the nay’s. allofthem

    • rkdgal

      First, I would be happy to get these and display them just so. But as wearable shoes, ha! Second, am I crazy in thinking that #4 is reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower?

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Yea, even though these are not made for human beings. They’re incredibly pretty.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      If you look at them as art, yea. I’ll take 1, 3 and 7 and line them up on my mantel. As something you would put on your feet and leave the house in, nay.

    • Tracy_Flick

      Nay. Tacky.

    • Sara__B

      I reserve judgment, until I see actual women walking in these. If it’s possible to walk beautifully — yea. If it forces a woman to hobble along with bent knees – nay.

    • adnama79
    • Sara McDarby

      NAY!!!!!!!!! Why would anyone want to do that to someone! It’s just mean!

    • AmeliaEve


    • ali meowmeow

      I want to cheat on practicality with every single pair in this collection.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      Hate them. Hate then all.

    • conniemd

      Nay to wearability, nay to the black ones for spring, nay to the craftwork on top of some of them.

    • j_anson

      Nay. I get that he’s trying to mess with, like, proportions and the architectural line of the shoe, or whateverthehell. It’s not working.

    • Gabriella M

      To paraphrase Eddie Izzard, I like my women’s shoes like I like my coffee… COVERED IN BEES.
      I dig these.

    • Eovaai

      Is it actually possible to walk in these?

    • Sarah T.

      I feel like there’s a treatise here on shoes as class markers, and how sometimes high-fashion trends cycle down to street fashion, and sometimes high-fashion looks to those same street sources for inspiration. In other words, these are high fashion lucite heels, where embellished lucite heels usually code for, well, strippers. Bravo.

    • filmcricket

      Is it me or are these much like the Elizabethan collection from a month or so ago: basically there’s two shoes there and they’ve just been disguised with differing fripperies?

      Anyway, the top ones are kind of beautifully grotesque, they’d be fun as an objet d’art for one’s home. The bottom ones just look like stripper heels.

    • Infinine®™

      Hell to the nay! Wish he was still here…

    • VioletFem

      NAY or rather neighhh! They look to much like hooves. They are just not pretty.

    • Anniebet

      I can’t help but think that whoever wears those shoes will need a cane or a body guard to hold on to, like La Gaga. Those heels are just plain silly. The other parts of a couple of them look like they might be pretty, but without seeing them on a model, it’s hard to tell.

    • Louise Bryan

      No. Nay. Hell, no. By the Gods, NO!

    • formerlyAnon

      Only the plainest black with gold (and no see through plastic gravel containers) appeals for wear off a burlesque stage, and ALL of them look structurally unsound to the point of dangerous. And yet . . . my “nay” is very, very reluctant. These have a twisted appeal. I forsee seeing them on pop singers of bounteous booty whose ensembles often bring to mind the phrase “falling out of her clothes.”

    • Sarah Thomas

      Liberace’s doorstops.

    • Kim Baker Vidas Davey-Irvin

      nope. nope nope nope nope.

    • demidaemon

      I’m sorry. These shoes look like definite hospital visits waiting to happen.

    • akprincess72

      Ick… No thank you!

    • carolie_king

      I like everything BUT that heel. Pretending we’re in space and don’t need to walk, it just don’t look good – like a weird protrusion or growth. Or a trunk. Or like it’s walking the opposite direction that the wearer is.

    • marlie

      NAY. But Gaga will wear these to go grocery shopping.

      • musicandmochi

        Yes. She, Ms. Perry, Ms. Minaj, and a few select others will be able to pull these off. The rest won’t even put them on.
        Le sigh.

        • marlie

          I first thought of Gaga and Rihanna. But Nicki Minaj definitely won’t be far behind.

    • JanieS

      Why must all “stylish” women’s shoes be torture devices?

    • Amelia Pitts

      “Precious will put on the shoes after it puts on the lotion….”

    • frederieke

      I love the stuff inside the heels I just wish the heel was normal shaped.

    • Ms. Bee

      YEA, one of the few who like them, apparently. I would be disappointed if McQueen designed something practical. If I said “Those McQueen shoes look so comfortable! I’ll make them a closet staple!” then they aren’t McQueen anymore.

    • foodycatAlicia

      I like the uppers.

      I can’t help but thinking that any man I meet shoe shopping is unlikely to cause me to need condoms. But they make a lovely hostess gift.


      At least you’ll look kind of cool when you break your ankle.

    • Lilyana_F

      Yea! I mean, come on, it’s McQueen. The stuff is supposed to push boundaries, not fit into your everyday closet.

    • carnush

      damn. these belong on a shelf in a museum.

    • Susi R

      Total YAY! OMG I want the gold and black ones so bad.

    • Julie Chase

      Nay. These are grotesque (complete with Liz Lemon exaggeration) .

    • Jenna Lutz

      No. Not even if I could borrow another persons feet OR credit card for the day. I like heels. I even like very HIGH heels. Hell – I can even climb a tree in a pair of 6 inch stilletos and a corset (what? It was a bet, and I won.) But there are just… ugly, stupid, and a visible sign that the wearer is not only too dim to be allowed to go shopping alone, but they are also perfectly content with being made an actual jackass out of by a designer who panicked and literally just threw shit on some ugly shoes when the deadline hit. (No real clue why, but these actually honestly are making me angry. Weird.)

    • Christiane Truelove

      I remember when you could only get heels like that in high-end fetish stores.

    • Jessica Charlotte Siewierkiewi

      Bet you Ke$ha wears these first. She already wore some real stripper-shoes, and frankly, these are a step upwards.

    • MoreShoes

      Once upon a time, there were elegant shoes. having said that, I like the red ones as a piece of art.

    • dashwoodstole

      Nay. Boring tacky looking shoes on a quirky tacky looking sole. Yawn.

    • RedRaven617

      On my coffee table as a conversation piece? Maybe. On real feet? Nope.

    • VicD

      Lady Gaga is currently being wheeled around Chicago in a wheelchair (one of hers is made of gold, the other is Louis Vuitton) after her hip injury, so she – for sure – can wear these, thereby escaping the need to actually attempt walking in them.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Some of these are kind of nice, but only if the lucite heels were replaced with “normal” ones.

    • Sally Brownson

      Nay. Usually I like weird heel shapes, but these are just… not aesthetically pleasing, in my opinion.

    • l_c_ann

      Nay. The withered corpses of Chinese Empresses are laughing loudly behind their exquisite fans.

    • HeatherMcIlrath

      they are quite cracktastic, but those solid black ones are giving me LIFE. such beautiful lines!

    • trisker

      Ridiculous. Nay. The top of the shoe has nothing to do with the stupid plastic base.

    • Kate Gorton

      I feel bad for the models, but pretty!

    • MzzPants

      Oh, hells yes! Not until I’m really old and wheelchair-bound, though. I can’t walk in them, but I can RIDE in them!

    • Badriya Al-Badi’a

      Sans gravity and stress fractures? Yes yes yes! No idea how one would walk in these in the real world, but I would love to visit the world these do come from!

    • Aisa Ginger Jake Psenicnik

      hate. they look as if they are actually intended to make it difficult to walk. STOP HOBBLING THE LADIES MCQUEEN