Yea or Nay: Jason Wu for Melissa

Posted on July 05, 2011

Jason Wu is the latest designer to discover that life in plastic, it’s fantastic. Following in the footsteps (pun unintended) of Gareth Pugh, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul Gaultier, Wu collaborated with Brazilian shoe manufacturer, Melissa, to give his spin on their classic, and plastic, styles. Melissa brand shoes are made with synthetic materials like plastic and nylon instead of the traditional leather and suede.


WWD has the goods:

“It was really interesting for me to explore design possibilities with plastic,” said Wu. “I wanted to take advantage of the materials I was given, make it all completely functional and waterproof and yet still remain extremely sophisticated.”

“This collaboration wasn’t just about them adding an American designer,” Wu says. “It was an opportunity for me to expand in Brazil, which is such a fast-paced growing country. It’s a way for me to reach out to a new demographic.”

So, what do we think? Well, we don’t know about you, but we think they each have a beautiful line to them. We can’t speak to the whole plastic shoe thing, because we’ve never worn a pair in our lives. Do these hold up? Do you get sweaty in them? If you’re not a plastic shoe kinda gal, do these cause you to reconsider? We guess what we’re asking is:


YEA or NAY: Jason Wu’s spin on the classic, plastic Melissa shoe?


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