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!

  • 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

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

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

    • 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?!

  • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

        • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • God, no.

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

  • 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.

  • 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”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Oh Hell nay.

  • Verascity

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

  • jmorino08

    Um…. No.

  • 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.

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

  • CarolinLA

    Now they’re just fucking with us.

    • 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.

  • Yup. Love that Fifth Element shit.

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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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…

  • ‘dem a bit silly, no?

  • 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.

  • Nay!

  • MoHub

    Nice sculptures, lousy shoes.

  • Hideous.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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


  • 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?

    • 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

  • 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.