Yea or Nay: Matthew Williamson Spring 2013 Shoes

Posted on April 10, 2013

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    • Kristin McNamara

      So. Damn. Ugly.
      (And absurdly impractical.)

    • A.W.

      Aggressively ugly. Nay!

      • Anplica Fiore

        I’d go as far as to call them FUGLY

    • frannyprof


    • lizajane1776

      Looks like the heel would break off with the second step. Nay!

    • Sally Brownson

      The last three are okay. The rest are horrifyingly ugly.

    • hughman

      Hooker shoes on Deep Space Nine.

      • drdarke

        That’s a good one, @hughman:disqus – either that, or Advanced Crafts Class as Harvey Milk High.

        A couple of the solid-colored ones are okay, but as a group? NAY.

      • TieDye64

        Fly that nerd flag with pride. <3

      • Amelia Pitts

        Can’t stop thinking of those Dabo girls, eh?

      • Jessica Charlotte Siewierkiewi

        Drunkenness in shoe form. You don’t wobble in shoes, the shoes are wobbling already.

      • VargFitta

        YES. Total Deep Space. Next Generation wouldn’t touch that! They’d even be too trashy for Lwaxana Troi while trying to seduce Picard.

    • Qitkat

      So if cobblestones are not difficult enough to walk on, some shoe designers now want us to feel as if we were?!

    • Jackie Atkins

      I like the red and yellow reptilian ones, but as a group, it’s gotta be a NAY.

      • VicD

        Well, almost, except for the stupid fringe. These just look SO MUCH better compared the others.

    • jetpackdino

      There is not enough pretty in these shoes to sustain me. Nay.

    • MissAnnieRN

      I say nay. Also, what happened to Matthew Williamson? I really liked his work a few years ago and lately, meh, or downright fugly.

    • Charlotte

      *sigh* I miss shoes. Actual shoes, not over the top, avant-garde, futuristic pretend shoes.

      • Tadiana

        This will all go away in a year or so and we’ll be left in the ashes and residue of craziness, wondering, like the 70’s and 80’s, how we let it all happen to us. Until the next nutty trend comes along. I tried a couple of pairs of superhigh heels and platforms. They’re now gathering dust while I wear my kitten heeled pumps.

        • Chickadeep

          Your lips to God’s ear.

        • BayTampaBay

          I do not think the 70’s were so bad. YSL was at his zenith.

      • Kate Kealey

        I miss shoes too! I miss being able to purchase a pair of high heels that don’t look like they should come with an insurance policy. I’m tired of watching regular women (and celebrities) walking around like they have hooves because of ridiculous platform heels.

        • BayTampaBay

          I have nothing against platforms. I must own at least 20 pairs. However, these shoes are just f’ing Fugly.

          • Kate Kealey

            I’m not against platforms generally, just the ridiculous ones that designers keep churning out – the ones that look like hooves. But I’m 5’10” so I’m not really attracted to the extra height. When I go shoe shopping these days it seems like there’s only two options for heels in my price range: matronly low- and mid-sized heels or 7-inch fun-looking (but ultimately dangerous) platforms.

      • judybrowni

        So happy I’ve reached comfy shoe age.

      • Kate Gorton

        I think this is more art than fashion.

        • H3ff

          Tacky, ugly art.

      • Winter_White

        I miss my size 6-1/2, aristocratically-arched feet: at some point just before turning 50 I looked down and they had turned into Barney Rubble feet!

        So now most shoes are just small-scale sculptures to me…to admire from afar, or disdain from afar.

    • Kiltdntiltd

      There is clearly an evil pact between shoe designers, and orthopedic surgeons going on.

      • StellaZafella

        Orange or yellow are almost retro, kitten heels (which I could like lots)…but I think the rest look more dangerous than they really are…the problem is that they’re just plain ugly.

      • l_c_ann

        Locally, a group of orthopedic doctors sponsor coverage of high school football games. And nobody seems to notice the irony.

      • Sarah

        My orthopedic surgeon made about 50K off of the two surgeries I had and the fourteens pins and a plate he installed to repair my shattered ankle after I fell off of – you guessed it – platform wedges. So yeah, he wasn’t sorry.

      • unbornfawn

        I keep telling my kids there is a great future in orthopedic surgery!

      • Kate Gorton

        Eh, we’ll never see shoes like this in retail. Not in our lifetime, I don’t think. (The weird-soled ones, I mean. I’d love the flat-soled ones.) Stuff like this is visual art more than anything else, IMO.

      • TheDivineMissAnn

        Yep. And let’s not forget chiropractors. Or podiatrists. These sky-high shoes throw your back so far out of whack it’s ridiculous and I can only imagine what some of these women’s feet look like!

    • MajorBedhead

      God, no.

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      Wow. They are so ugly, they broke my descriptive vocabulary. I can’t find a strong enough analogy.

    • Bobbi

      They are UGLY!

    • Julie Fountain

      Ugh. Nay. Is overworked becoming a thing now?

    • Inspirit

      Somebody turned my grandma’s lamps into Star Trek hooker heels.

    • lexilexi

      Have designers so few new ideas for clothes that they have to express themselves this way? Just hideous.

    • Synnamin

      Nay. I LOVE it when designers take risks and try something different. However, sometimes that just goes off into plain ugly land. Like here.

    • Deborah Lipp

      These people just hate women. No two ways about it.

      • kimiakay

        No kidding. I always feel that way about Marc Jacobs and maybe even some of McQueen’s designs too. Any designer whose designs involve cages or clothes/veils that cover women’s faces do not seem to like women. And the last few collections of Jacobs–those clunky shoes of his!

    • crash1212

      NAAAAAAY! So ugly they gave me a headache.

    • Courtney St.Julian


    • Cousin_Rose

      Nay. I hope those aren’t going to become a trend.

    • mariposa29_88

      I’m gonna step out on a ledge here and say Yay. I think they’re kinda fabulous. Excepting the first two, which are ugly.

    • VicD

      Now I’m just pissed off. Clearly our feet are some sort of joke to these shoe designers. No wonder everyone keeps trotting out in the same pair of Jimmy Choo sandals.

    • JanieS

      OK, shoe designers are just fucking with us now, aren’t they?

    • ChelseaNH

      Ah, designers. Why? “Because WE CAN!”

    • Trisha26

      NAY. Yet more craft projects. The snake versions look like they’re molting on the heel.

    • conniemd

      Words fail me. Nay

    • Carrieanno

      Who’d have ever thought there would be a way to make Crocs look almost like normal footwear.

    • MilaXX

      who would have thought orange and yellow snakeskin sandals would ever be the best of a shoe post?

      • Donna Tabor

        Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

    • YoungSally

      This is what happens when Manolo decides to design 70s era “waffle stompers”

    • Nancy SM Waldman

      the red (snake? lizard?) skin ones are okay, the rest: ridic.

    • another_laura

      I don’t want to judge based on actually walking on them. I really don’t. But those rippled soles are an accident waiting to happen. If they were the sole design ‘feature’ of an otherwise pretty shoe, I might give them a nay and giggle. In this case, though, I can’t giggle because the shoes are otherwise unattractive. Nay, nay, nay!

    • teensmom99

      I’m a yay. I can’t justify it; that’s just what it is.

    • Belvane

      Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Oh, wait — this is serious?

    • formerlyAnon

      Sweet baby Jesus. All that ambiguity I had about the McQueen shoes? None here at all. NAY.

    • j_anson

      I’m getting the distinct impression it’s going to be really hard to buy shoes next year, if this is the trend on stuff that the brands I can afford are going to be knocking off. :

    • allie wallie

      I’m going with my gut response: these are stupid.

    • unbornfawn

      Hell no.

    • sex death & beatbox

      Most of these are stupid and the ones that are not are boring. NEXT!

    • Donna Tabor

      Isn’t that cute? Some of those shoes have little stripper skirts.


      Clearly, some designers have not gotten the memo that we women, most of us, anyway, are not thrilled with sky-high, wacky-looking platforms shoes.

    • Eovaai

      Ugly and painful. NAY

    • SewingSiren

      Amusing. They look as if they can walk without feet in them.

    • nannypoo

      A million times nay and also WTF. These are some seriously bad shoes.

    • Lisa_Co

      NAY! Who can walk in those things???

    • titaness25

      Nay, nay, a thousand times nay. My ankles will thank me for not snapping them into itty bitty pieces. The colours are pretty though.

    • annabelle archer

      Oh Hell nay.

    • Verascity

      I literally said WHOA. NO. out loud when I saw these.

    • jmorino08

      Um…. No.

    • Reality TV Casting

      cracktastic we’ll be seeing these in the next hunger games installment

    • Louise Bryan

      Nay, nay, a thousand times nay!

    • gracedarling

      I suspect they’re the kind of shoes you actually have to see on. As in, on Solange’s feet. I do love the chartreuse belly-dancing snakeskins, though.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Nay. The red and yellow snake skin pumps could be cute on the right starlet but the rest of them are just fugly.

    • Ashley

      The first thought that came to mind was, “Huh, no shit!”

    • CarolinLA

      Now they’re just fucking with us.

      • marlie

        That’s what I thought too. “Let’s see what the label whores will subject themselves to.”

    • Little_Olive

      I usually avoid criticizing shoes based solely on their height, but the stupid design on these sadly presages the wobbling.

      • Little_Olive

        Oh, and NAY.

    • Kate Gorton

      Yup. Love that Fifth Element shit.

    • NurseEllen

      Holy mother…….not enough “ewwwwww”s in “pukey” for these monstrosities. NAY.

    • marlie

      Oh come dafuq (thanks, Bitter Kitten) ON. They’re just screwing with us now, right?

    • MzzPants

      Trying too hard.

    • Imasewsure

      Too weird for me. NAY

    • Tess Danesi

      I hereby declare 2013 as the year of the hideous shoe. Ugh, just NO.

    • MinAgain

      I think there’s a hidden message in the design of these shoes. It says, “Sucker.”

    • Irish Rodriguez Reyes

      Sorry to say this but these shoes are just plain tacky/ugly.

    • Shawn EH

      So cute!

    • PastryGoddess

      Some shoes are hella ugly without feet in them. I’m thinking these might be the case.

      I could also be delusional…

    • amanda lynn

      ‘dem a bit silly, no?

    • LaVonne Ellis

      Why don’t we just bind women’s feet and be done with it?

    • H2olovngrl

      I just cannot abide all these unattractive shoes. And to top it off, they look BROKEN.

    • minnye

      The last blue shoes are outrageous but somehow I like ‘em. Kind of looks like a face plant waiting to happen, though, from the curve of that platform.

    • Contralto

      Dreadful. Every last one.

    • jjfg

      Wow. No.

    • Susi R


    • MoHub

      Nice sculptures, lousy shoes.

    • Nancer


    • mozzer0906

      Nay x1000

    • disqus_sZRDWtvvVD

      Nay. Trying too hard.

    • SassyKansas

      When I look at these, I come away thinking that the attitude of those
      who promoted foot-binding lives on in today’s shoe designers….

    • marilyn

      Nay. No designed, but just a bunch of stuff thrown together.

    • sweet_potato

      Not cute shoes, not at all.

    • Tamara Hogan

      Nay, all the way.

    • Chickadeep

      I’m sorry, but these shoes are just stupid and pretty much unwearable. So much hate for these. I’ll echo the sentiment above and say “I miss actual shoes.” I’d buy ‘em if they still sold ‘em.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Nay. Fashion student’s first attempt at creativity.


      Is JLo 1st in line? I know she’s already got some dresses that will go perfectly with this whole line of shoes!

    • bellafigura1

      OK, there is no way this designer is not fucking with us.

    • demidaemon

      Those platform designs look like design for design’s sake.

    • FloridaLlamaLover

      Good God.

    • Alexandra Pimenta

      Go home shoes, you’re drunk.

    • silaria

      Ahaha, oh dear. I’d LOVE to actually see someone wearing those metallic gold monstrosities in real life.

    • librarygrrl64


    • Darren Nesbitt

      I rarely see anyone in these comments just say, “wow those shoes are crazy and I love them”. It’s often said about garments but never shoes. What’s up people?

      • Tom and Lorenzo

        Crazy shoes tend to cause physical pain way more than crazy garments. That probably tends to color people’s reactions.

    • lalahartma


    • ankali

      Nay. The most striking ones are just difficult, and the others are just nothing.

    • kaycem

      the wavy ones are kind of giving me “YAY” feels… they look weird, but i can imagine they’ll be cute on. the right, higher fashion star and bam: i’ll be in love. i bet we’ll see SJP in the black or blue ones before the summer’s over.

      and i love that hot pink sole MW does — so much better than a red one!

    • guest2visits

      Except for 5 & 6; these are hideous.

    • ccm800

      some of the plain old ugliest shoes I have ever seen

    • VargFitta

      This is what someone would design 3/4 of the way (or more) through an eight ball. Just looking at the shoes the lines (pun intended) make me nervous and twitchy.