Yea or Nay: Jerome C. Rousseau Fall 2014 Shoes

Posted on July 22, 2014

01Jerome C. Rousseau Fall 2014 Collection






















[Photo Credit: Jerome C. Rousseau]

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  • Tracy_Flick

    Well. The RHONJ will have something new to wear this fall.

  • SophieCollier

    Aren’t zipper-trimmed ruffles a bit dated now? You see that shit at Payless. The hardware-heeled ones at the beginning are kinda neat in a steampunk way.

    • rh33

      I was thinking the JustFAb ad. “2 pairs for 39.95!”

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    The first few pieces looked like Sophia Webster ripoffs – over-designed and can look too twee on the wrong person. The rest looks like it came from the clearance rack at Nine West.

    • SayWhaaatNow

      ….What’s wrong with Nine West?

      • My $0.02: Nine West for $80 is OK, but not for $800 (looks like lots of his shoes start at $795).

        • barbarienne

          I also object to that price for shoes that look like they would only survive being worn once. Though perhaps the people who wear $800+ shoes walk on piles of clouds and rose petals, and don’t have to worry about rain staining their houndstooth fabric shoes.

  • Lily

    Coming to a Bloomingdale’s near you.

  • Some of these are better (chic and less insane) than I’ve seen in ages. Others are totally bland.

    • Sarah

      The whole collection is, as they would say on PR, “Not Cohesive.”

  • imspinningaround

    Steampunk. Blech.

  • marlie

    A lot of the shoes are pretty cool, but I’m not a fan of booties in general, and *especially* not when they’re peep-toe.

    • sundaynightaddict

      open toed boots and booties are an automatic no for me, rendering the rest of the collection tainted by association.

  • Jackie4g

    Is there any cushioning anywhere? These are overstyled and look hideously uncomfortable. I liked the idea of the red and black fabric, but the designs all seem overwrought. Trying too damn hard.

  • hughman

    The metallic heels all look very “KInky Boots” like the shoes were made to support a 220 pound drag queen.

  • Gatto Nero

    Peep-toe stilettos, Victorian-style booties, pumps, and sandals for fall? No new shapes here, just a rehash of steampunk and yet another version of the hardware heel.
    No tall boots, cool oxfords — anything a typical woman might wear for autumn.

    • Shibori Girl


    • Snarkmeister

      Yeah the first half-dozen or so are totally appropriate…for Helena Bonham Carter, and absolutely nobody else.

  • Little_Olive

    The houndstooth kitty heel, only ’cause I have to pick one. The open-toe booties are offensive to the professional woman, not to mention heinous.

  • clevRcat

    Peep-toe booties drive me nuts! I have always hated them. Schizo-shoes.

  • SewingSiren

    Mostly cute and wearable. No new ground covered. The flared heels are nice, though.

  • Heather

    Ugh, peep toe boots 🙁

  • Dino Bonačić

    99% of these look very 2002 and something Carrie Bradshaw or Samantha Jones would discuss wearing. Yuck-y.

  • boweryboy

    Because open toed boots for fall makes perfect sense.

  • Fug.

  • Thomas

    If it weren’t for the peep-toes, I would say these are perfect for HBC.

  • Renee

    I want to see someone tap dancing in those stilettos.

  • KT

    Most of these look really tacky and dated to my eyes. I do like the black and white chunky heel that’s in the bottom section, however.

  • Sarah

    Well, when I wear beaded macrame plant hangers on MY booties, I definitely enjoy having my toes peep out. I mean, that’s just the most stylish way to wear them, right?

    • formerlyAnon

      Gotta admit that if the toe were closed, I’d like them better than most. Because wretched excess is better than boring.

      • Sarah

        Oh, certainly. But open toes always remind me of Grimm’s Cinderella.

  • Boobs Radley

    I love those black boots with the beaded mesh. Not for real life, tho; more as a costume piece.

  • CB

    I truly despise peep-toe boots. They make absolutely no sense; if it’s warm enough for a peep toe, you don’t need boots, and if it’s cold enough for boots, you don’t need a peep toe. End rant. Also, the rest of these are tacky and hideous too.

    • Renee

      I agree. I don’t understand why they’re in fashion. They look like someone didn’t have enough material to make an entire boot and BOOM! It became a fad.

  • Aidan B

    LOVE the pumps; the peep-toed bootie will forever mystify me.

  • Zeee

    I like the houndstooth.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


  • Kitten Mittons

    I like 7, 8, and 9. I’m a sucker for houndstooth, though.

    The rest can be placed in the compost pile. Hate booties in general, the peep toes are just an extra pinch of awful.

  • Kimberly Wilcox

    I lurve them….I could get away with most of these in an office, they’d certainly perk up my boring office outfits.

  • Constant Reader

    It looks like a Project Runway challenge where the designers work in teams to create a line for Payless after browsing an actual Payless store for inspiration. This team didn’t work together very well and that’s why there’s no cohesiveness. But Nina thought it was “editorial” so they won the prize of having Payless produce one of their designs — the houndstooth kitten heel because it’s cheap and easy to make.

    So, Nay.

  • Melanie

    I’d take all of these, but as interpreted by Doc Marten or Fluevog.

    • Carol

      they definitely reminded me of fluevogs too – but about 2-3 times the price i suspect

  • LilyVanessi

    More no than yes.

    • kimmeister

      Exactly, so I have to say NAY with the caveat that I do like 7-9 and 13.

  • somebody blonde

    Hate the chunky heeled ones, don’t understand why the first two pairs are peep-toes (seriously, could the peep-toe booties trend die already?), and otherwise like the rest of the shoes a lot.

  • Anapestic

    I feel like a number of these would be interesting as interior design pieces but would not look good on an actual woman’s foot.

  • teensmom99

    No new ground here. Even the good ones are unexciting and the bad ones are . . . bad.

  • Mary Stone

    #3 is very cute, but why, in the name of all that’s holy, do you have open-toed shoes for fall, you’ve spent all summer with your toes hanging out. Don’t know about the rest of you but I prefer actual shoes (as in, shoes that cover all of the foot) for fall and winter.

  • evave2

    I liked the ones with the thick heels.
    The first group had me in fear for anybody wearing this on any cities streets: the end would get stuck in a grate or a sidewalk joint or a sidewalk crack.
    But it would not end happily like a romcom.

    • Synnae

      If you wear heels a lot and brave the pavement sober, it is no problem. However, once alcohol gets involved….

  • formerlyAnon

    On the whole, yea! Not in love with the chunky heels, the ones with the black ribbon candy stuff in front, or the patent pumps and dear god the peep toes ruin several otherwise really cute ankle boots. On the whole I’m ashamed to say I prefer the ankle boots that trend towards wretched excess. Because the ones that are more restrained are either unattractive or pointless.

  • Synnae

    I love the metallic ones (# 8&15), I hate the really chunky heels even though I love the print on 18 and I’d probably cut a b*tch for #16 – the blue suede open-toed booties.

    That said, apart from the kitten heels, my feet are hurting just looking at them, those are some seriously high heels and some of them look like they have virtually no cushioning.

  • willworktomorrow

    First, thank you TLo for the numbers! That is so helpful. I love this collection, and would wear them all. Really gorgeous.

  • conniemd

    Yea, there are actually some Mary Jane type heels (is that the right term) that someone can wear to look fancy without breaking your ankles on a 5 inch heel.

  • Let it out

    Is there a name for those heels that flare out at the bottom? I think they almost always look awkward and witchy.

  • DuBey2

    I love and would wear 7,12,13, and 18. But especially 12 and 18. I wish (as someone joked) Nine West DID make them: then I could afford them and they’d give good arch support, which I crave.

  • msl22

    I’m so over novelty heels, especially those which look as though they would snap if anyone tried to actually walk in them.

  • Mrs. O

    You know what? Yea! I’m surprised I think so, but so many of these shoes made me smile, so, Yea, and Yay.

  • Overall….an IN for me.

  • Alexis Wenceslao


  • Danielle

    PEEP TOE BOOTIES?! I’m a burrito of sadness now.

  • much2learn

    I do not like them, but I am constantly amazed at the vision artists have. It’s neat. Thank goodness there are places in the world that embrace it.

  • MilaXX

    Meh, that heel is too tricky for my taste. I sorta like #’s 1,3, 9 & 11. But nine of these make me wish I had money to dpare

  • Ashleigh

    you guys never do the “Who would wear these” any more! 🙁 Like you have time 🙂

  • crash1212

    Yay…except for the peep toe booties. Peep toe booties will always earn a big old NAY from me.

  • barbarienne

    I object to peeptoe booties, but other than that I at least like everything here. Okay, the zipper ruffle isn’t good. That weird hanging-ball-fringe thing is also strange, but I can imagine it working with a particular type of look.

    I’m also perturbed by cloth shoes. They never wear well. One rainy day and they’re done.

  • elirt

    These remind me of Fluevog’s – a very specific aesthetic and heal. Like!

  • prisma

    I’m seeing a blend of yea and nay.

  • unbornfawn

    Mostly Nay. No to the open toe booties, and awful lot of them look too crafty. There are only a couple of pairs I find acceptable.

  • Kristi Mitchell

    Can we PLEASE be done w/ the boots w/ the toes cut off?

  • mmebam

    Whatever, I’m here for the short houndstooth heels…

  • CT14

    the 10 year old says “Hood ornaments on shoes are not pretty!”

    So there you have it.

  • another_laura

    No peeptoe booties, ever. I do love the houndstooth ones and that black & white bootie.

  • PinkyK

    Those booties say one word to me: Witchie-poo!

  • Angela

    Apparently I am getting old because I love everything except the chunky-heeled ones.

  • Kelly

    The booties are fun, though I am not fully sold on the peep-toes. The other shoes aren’t saying much to me (and I positively hate the thick-heeled ones; retro in a dowdy way). I’m sure Helena Bonham Carter has already put in her order for #14. Jet-beaded shoes! I bet the Victorians are kicking themselves for not having thought of them at the time.

  • Nicole

    Does ‘sure, why not? count as a nay or a yay?

  • portlandmermaid

    they all look like weapons to me. Some blunt, some sharp, but weapons nonetheless.

  • frannyprof

    Yea to the kitten heels. Nay to everything else.

  • Gloriana Reginata

    Sad to say, I’m growing accustomed to peep-toe booties – no doubt, just as they are about to fall off the fashion rungs completely. So if you send me number 14 (the jet-beaded ones), I’d force myself to wear them: veil-chic for the win.

  • quiltrx

    I really like 3 and 7-10 pretty well. The rest, I don’t think so.

  • Those chunky bits at the bottom of the heels ruin everything!

  • ankali

    Yea! The first several in particular are dainty and precise in a way I’ve been missing for awhile now.

  • Emmyllou

    #4’s not bad. the rest are hideous.

    • Clash D

      I concur. #4 kinda rocks.

  • demidaemon

    These are mostly YEA, although some of them have been clearly overly embellished.

  • FibonacciSequins

    God, can’t shoe designers just design shoes without trying to be tricky? These are ridiculous.

  • decormaven

    Houndstooth low heel is appealing- but there’s nothing here that would compel me to check it out at the shoe rack.

  • kategs

    the only person who could (or should) wear these is HBC

  • msdamselfly

    absolutely yay I am looking forward to seeing some clothing in the same vein

  • Tigerfly

    Love the pumps!

  • RutGot

    I like a lot of these but can we please declare an end to the peep toe bootie?

  • MissusBee

    There’s high concept and then there’s Effie Trinket. Which is fun as an aesthetic but then the character’s supposed to be satirical.

  • anotherkate

    I like the houndstooth and #12, but that’s about it.

  • Izzy_Gremlin

    They tell me “stiletto heels,” but all I see are “those little rubber foot-thingies you put on canes and crutches.”

    As for the rest, I’d probably wear the black-and-blue booties. If someone gave them to me. Because I’m a weirdo. The rest? Meh.