I hope I don’t sound uncommitted to the name of this blog when I say I haven’t really been into looking at new shoes lately. It seems that shoe design, for the large part, has hit a period of stagnation over the last few years. Shoes rarely inspire the kind of frenzied enthusiasm and discussion that say, the Balenciaga lego heels of spring 2008 once did. Maybe the Bottega tread boots and square toe mules are a slight exception to the rule.
It seems that shoes have gotten less complicated, less challenging, and more practical for the last decade. There is a time and place for the sleek and minimal shoes that populate Net-a-Porter’s new arrival section, and I would be glad to have, for instance, a pair of the By Far mules that seem to be selling so well. But I think I’m not alone, between us shoe lovers, when I say that it feels good to wear shoes that are not sensible, maybe even shoes that are a bit ugly. I want shoes that serve the purpose of fashion, not the purpose of function.