Sunday, May 17, 2009

Unwearable Perfect

Maison Martin Margiela oversized shoe.


It was love at first sight when I saw Martin Margiela's disco-mirror covered heels in the window of Project No. 8 last month.  I prayed for them to go on sale, and would still be entertaining ridiculous future outfit possibilities in my head if I hadn't gone into the store to get a closer look, only to find that the shoes are not meant to be actually worn.  In typical Margiela style, the designer has created a pair of heels that would leave you on your tiptoes, with the back of the shoe's heel jutting out far beyond your ankle, dubbing it "oversized." Intentionally rendering it completely and totally unwearable, the label inside each shoe demarcates them as "COLLECTOR'S ITEMS" better suited to be encased behind glass than for everyday wear, and meant to celebrate the label's 20th anniversary.  Of course the idea wouldn't be complete without a counterpart, which comes in the form of the (also unwearable) "undersize" heel, which stops short at the end, and would leave the back of your foot precariously hanging off were you to actually try them on.  Here's hoping that they make a semi-wearable interpretation, seeing as I am not financially able to start collecting clothing like artwork...


The undersized shoe in red and black.

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9 comments:

joy said...

I used to have shoes with the same heel. Not the "collector's" but similar. I think I got them at some discount footwear place in high school. I am sure these will be popping up everywhere by fall.

Amanda said...

i bought two pairs of shoes at the margiela sample sale and while they are meant to be worn, so far the one pair has left gnarly blisters on each heel and the other pair has such a big platform i haven't mustered the courage to take them out yet. but they certainly do look good.

Shen-Shen said...

That's upsetting, those shoes are hot! I would love to wear them around.

speechless_fashion said...

thanks for filling my survey out! Damn, I'm in Paris, I would have loved to come to that party!
btw those shoes are awesome!

dirtydirtylaundry said...

Oh how cruel. That is so like Margiela though, you have to admit.

Kat George said...

I'm swooning too. Romeo to our Juliet. It's just not meant to be! Sigh. x

Fashion Is Poison said...

ahh. can never get enough of margiela....

omg! look at this auction!!! SO DECEIVING!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Gorgeous-Martin-Margiela-Line-22-Replica-Leather-Sandal_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ72Q3a1205Q7c66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a12Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318Q7c301Q3a0Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem4145fbfb3bQQitemZ280347015995QQptZUSQ5fWomenQ5fsQ5fShoesQQsalenotsupported

yui said...

margiela can be so pretentious sometimes...

Eri said...

Aren't they just lovely!